By Evaggelos Papadimitriou/ firstname.lastname@example.org
After seeking advice from former Panathinaikos star Mike James, the process of signing with the Greek giant was simplified for Andrew Andrews.
Andrews, 29, among the several new additions to the Greens during the offseason, talked to Eurohoops about his decision to join Panathinaikos.
“I would say it was easy, but it was not really that easy because I had a few different options. Obviously, I talked a lot to Mike [James] about coming here, because he was here before,” he revealed during the preseason Media Day hosted by Panathinaikos Monday, “Once it got down to choosing between one to three teams, Panathinaikos became an easy choice.”
“As far as my process has been, I did not cheat a step. The only thing I did not play was FIBA Europe Cup. I did Basketball Champions League, the next year went to EuroCup and then here,” he added walking through the latest stops of his career in Europe, “I definitely took the long way.”
The Washington product now aims to expand solid campaigns into Europe’s premier club continental competition.
“I have been feeling like I have been a EuroLeague player for quite some time,” he mentioned, “I know that as a player I will be ready to compete on the offensive and defensive end with all the guys in the league.”
Panathinaikos also signed Paris Lee, Panagiotis Kalaitzakis, Marius Grigonis, Nate Wolters, Derrick Williams, Arturas Gudaitis, Giorgos Kalaitzakis, and most recently Mateusz Ponitka building up the roster for the team guided by new head coach Dejan Radonjic.