Promitheas Patras will enter its second season in the 7DAYS EuroCup with more new faces than returning players. The Greek club has rebuilt its team with Diante Garrett and Ian Miller coming in to handle the backcourt duties along with fellow newcomer Michalis Lountzis. Charis Giannopoulos and Andreas Christodoulou were added to help support the team on the wing, while the low post will have a very different look. Mouhammad Faye returns to Promitheas and he will be joined on the blocks by Delroy James, Danny Agbelese and Jehyve Floyd.
Promitheas head coach Makis Giatras will give the keys of the offense to Garrett, who comes into the team with two years of experience in the EuroCup. He will be called upon also to help Lountzis take a step up. The 21-year-old Greek talent will be making his EuroCup debut after he spent three seasons with Panathinaikos - playing in four Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games - and then playing the past two campaigns with Lavrio. The shooting guard duties will be handled by Miller, who will be making his debut in pan-European competition, but has shown he can light up the scoreboard; he finished second in scoring in the French League last season. Teenagers Athanasios Bazinas and Leonidas Kolios, the former of which debuted in the EuroCup last season, add depth at the shooting guard spot.
The only big name coming back from last year’s team is captain Dimitris Agravanis, who re-signed with the club and will be called upon for leadership duties. With so many players making their European competition debuts, Agravanis's experience of 79 EuroLeague games over six seasons with Olympiacos Piraeus will be invaluable. Veteran Giannopoulos and Christodoulou will help open the floor with their outside shooting from the '3' spot, while teenage big men Periklis Kouroupakis, who played briefly in the EuroCup last season, and Lefteris Mantzoukas, could crack the rotation, too. The athletic James is a veteran do-it-all forward who can be relied on to make big plays at both ends. Kouroupakis. Faye will be a big help for Promitheas down low since he played for Coach Giatras in 2017-18 and also played in the EuroLeague for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Giatras likes to have athletic bigs who can protect the rim and he has two such players in Agbelese, who will be making his EuroCup debut, and Floyd, who led the Greek League in blocks last season in his professional debut with Larissa.
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Diante Garrett was well on his way to making a real name for himself in Europe during the 2018-19 season for Tofas Bursa. The point guard ranked second in the EuroCup regular season in scoring with 18.4 points on 43.5% three-point shooting and was fourth with 6.1 assists and a performance index rating of 19.1. That came after he had averaged 14.6 points and 4.1 assists in 16 EuroCup games with Italian side Fiat Turin in 2017-18. But Garrett suffered a major setback in March 2019 when he tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg. He ended up missing all of the 2019-20 season and will be out to re-establish himself on the continent. Garrett has the pedigree as he signed with Turkish Airlines EuroLeague side KK Zagreb out of college in 2011 – and played in three games before leaving to play for JSF Nanterre of France. Promitheas has given him a chance and Garrett will be all out to take advantage of it.
Coach Giatris will have a lot of new pieces to incorporate, but there is a good mix of talent and youth as well as veterans looking to prove themselves. Promitheas surprised some last season by making the quarterfinals in its maiden EuroCup journey. The club will not have the "unknown" factor this time around. Still, the Greek side has a dynamic backcourt with Garrett and Miller along with a real factor of intimidation with its shot-blockers. While the leadership of Garrett, Faye and Agravanis in European action will play a major role. The team also has four players in their 30s and it should not surprise people if Promitheas is again knocking on the door of the quarterfinals – if not deeper – of the competition.