Nothing particularly new about Manolopoulos from what we already had seen at LHospitalet earlier this year. Hes a fundamentally sound player with very nice size, but whose athleticism isnt on par with his skills. At 6-9, he plays like a small forward, but its not clear if he will be able to keep it up athletically in top European competition, not to mention the NBA.
But lets take a look at his excellent array of skills. Hes a versatile guy with top notch scoring skills, being a nice shooter with three point range and solid mechanics. He can also opt for slashing towards the basket using his solid ball-handling skills and excellent footwork, or he can just take his man to the low post with good chances of success, taking advantage of his size and solid fundamentals.
However, in Belgrade he already showed problems finishing his penetrations near the basket because of his limited athleticism, suffering the opposition of the rival bigs. Also, it remains to be seen how much of his slashing game will be left playing against higher competition and more athletic players. This only means work and more work for Manolopoulos to keep improving his game and make up for his present and potential flaws.
The main concern about his performance in LHospitalet was his defensive ability. Not being a quick player, his defensive mobility against wings should be at least questionable. Well, even if Greece played many zone defenses in Belgrade, Manolopoulos looked somehow capable of keeping up with your average small forward. I dont think hell ever become too much of a defensive presence; he could always use another extra degree of intensity here, and he doesnt feel too comfortable defending the perimeter, but as long as he can contain his matchups he should be able to satisfy.
Sotiris should be able to see some playing time next season in Greece, particularly since PAOK has lost some of its important players, among them, wing draft prospects Vasiliadis and Vasilopoulos.