Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Demetri Stragalinos: New Star Makes National Name for Himself as part of USA National Select Team

D. Stragalinos (Ca.) makes National Select debut

Demetri  Stragalinos suited up for USA National Select this past weekend traveling across country from Fairland, California to participate in the Basketball Spotlight Clash for the Cup with some of the top teams in the country and proceeded to put on a display that turned heads throughout the gym and have scouts all over the east coast asking “who is that guy?”  College Coaches and Prep Schools  who happened to be in the gym during the weekend are all making inquiries and adding Stragalinos to their watch list upon finding out his name.

Not found on any national boards previously Stragalinos needed just one weekend on the right stage in the right uniform to prove undoubtedly that he is a Top 10 talent in the class of 2021.  USA National Select and Coach Francis have introduced many top players to the country and the Basketball Spotlight tournament series has acted as the proving grounds for high majors and future pro alike; the bottom-line is that Demetri Stragalinos has next.

USA National Select Head Man Coach Francis stated “Demetri is only just scratching the surface of his potential and is absolutely full of upside. He's got great size and even better length on the perimeter, is a fluid and smooth athlete who covers the court on both sides of the ball, and has budding explosiveness around the rim. There is also a solid foundation of skill to build on.”

Further evaluation shows that I handles the ball well for a player his size, passes the ball well, and has a sound release on his jumper with room and rhythm.  He's a disruptive defender who uses his length well and has a seemingly good nose for the ball coming on the offensive glass.  He is a multi-category contributor who can take control and impact games in various different ways; all signs indicate a potential big wing with smooth athleticism that is bound to continue to get better and ultimately blossom into a high level national prospect.  Updated rankings should see Demetri as a Top 10 player overall and potentially a top 3 to 5 positional ranking.

He is that good and it is only a question of when not if he becomes a household name; a natural 7th grader, at 6’2+, with perimeter skills and back to the basket skills he can literally play all 5-positions and is a match-up nightmare.  When Coach Francis was asked to describe him in one word the word he used was “special”.  Demetri Stragalinos is one of the most unique talents in the country and we look forward to seeing more of him moving forward!

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