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Nicholas William "Nick" Calathes (Greek: Νίκος Καλάθης or Nikos Kaláthis) (born February 7, 1989) is an American-born Greek professional basketball player. Calathes played American college basketball for the University of Florida. He currently plays for Panathinaikos, the Athens, Greece affiliate of the EuroLeague.[2]

High school career

Calathes was born in Casselberry, Florida. He attended Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida, and graduated as the leading high school basketball scorer in Seminole County history.[3] He teamed with fellow Gator Chandler Parsons and Virginia Commonwealth guard Joey Rodriguez to help Lake Howell to a 31–3 record and a state title in 2006–07.
College career

Calathes was considered as one of the top play-making guards in the nation, he ranked in the top 10 in nine of 13 possible categories during SEC play.He was member of First Team All-SEC player in 2009, he was the only player in the nation to average better than 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. Calathes has broken the UF records for assists and assists per game in each of his first two years, totaling 221 as a freshman (6.1 apg) and 231 (6.4 apg) as a sophomore.Ranked third in UF history in career assists after just two years.The SEC Newcomer of the Year and the SEC co-Freshman of the Year in 2008, Calathes led UF in scoring and assists.Can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward and at 6-6 causes match-up problems.
Freshman Year 2007-2008

The SEC Newcomer of the Year and co-SEC Freshman of the Year (along with Patrick Patterson of Kentucky), Calathes led UF in scoring as a freshman with 15.3 points per game, the highest total ever by a Billy Donovan freshman.He set UF freshman records for points (552), assists (221), assists per game (6.1), free throws made (144) and free throws attempted (199).Led the SEC in assists and assists per game, breaking the 20-year-old UF record for assists and the 25-year-old UF record for assists per game… A Second Team All-SEC selection, he averaged a team-high 16.9 points per game in league play.Recorded just the second triple-double in school history on March 21 against Creighton (11 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists)He was also at NABC and USBWA All-District selection.He Scored in double-figures 31 times in 36 games as a freshman, leading UF in scoring 14 times and in assists 30 times.He started all 36 games.
Artist impression over Calathes

Tied for the team lead with nine 20-points games, and had three double-doubles.Led the Gators with 60 minutes played and assists with 14 in two contests during the exhibition season, posting a double-double in the first game against Flagler.Led the team in scoring with 21 points in his collegiate debut against North Dakota State, shooting 8-of-15 from the field, while also snagging two steals and dishing out three assists.He dished out eight assists, to go along with 15 points and five rebounds, in the win over Tennessee Tech.Shot 7-of-14 (.500) to score 16 points, to go along with eight assists and four rebounds against North Carolina Central.He scored double-digits for the fourth consecutive contest, tabbing 11 points in the win over Rutgers.Picked up six assists and rebounds, while scoring 14 against North Florida. Shot 3-of-9 from the field for seven points, to go along with four assists against Florida State. Contributed seven points and assists, along with three steals and his first career block, in the win over Stetson.Shot 6-of-8 from the field, while sinking 9-of-11 from the free throw line, for 21 points against Vermont. Marked a career-high with 24 points, shooting 4-of-6 from beyonf the arc, while dishing out nine rebounds and snagging six steals against Jacksonville. Tallied eight rebounds and nine assists, to go along with 20 points and a block, against Florida A&M. Recorded a double-double in the win over Georgia Southern, totaling 15 points and 11 rebounds, including nine defensive boards and going 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Led all Gators in scoring with 18 points and nine rebounds to go along with five assists in the win over CSU.Grabbed four rebounds and tallied four points, to go along with six assists, in the Ohio State contest. Dished out eight assists while scoring 14 in the win at Temple. Hit 6-of-12 shots from the floor en route to a 15-point, six-assist, four-rebound night in the win over High Point. Powered the Gators to a win at Alabama in their SEC opener with a team-high 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Tied his career with four three-point field goals in the home win over Auburn, finishing with 16 points and five assists. Shared team-high honors with 16 points at Mississippi, while also pulling down seven boards and pacing the Gators with five assists. Matched his career high with 24 points on the strength of a personal-best 13 free throws to lead UF to the home win over Kentucky and improve the Gators’ record to 3-1 in the SEC. Flirted with a triple double against the Wildcats, finishing the night with eight rebounds and eight assists. Poured in 21 points, including 13 in the first half, and dished out four assists in the road win over South Carolina. Registered his second career double-double with 15 points, a career-high 10 assists and seven rebounds at home versus Vanderbilt. Connected on 8-of-11 free throws, all in the second half against the Commodores.Scored a dozen points and chipped in seven assists and six boards at Arkansas. Nearly had a triple double at Tennessee, registering 15 points, eight assists and nine rebounds. Finished with seven points and six assists in the home victory over Georgia. Scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added five assists and seven rebounds against LSU. Netted 11 points and contributed six assists and three steals at Vanderbilt. Scored a team-high 17 points, his highest output in seven games, with seven assists and three steals against South Carolina. Finished 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line versus the Gamecocks. Turned in a game-high 22 points - two shy of a career high - and contributed seven rebounds and four assists in road win at Georgia. Was an efficient 7-of-12 from the fieldm including 3-of-5 from 3-point range against the Bulldogs. Poured in 18 points with seven rebounds and four assists versus Mississippi State. Tied a career high with 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting versus Tennessee.Finished one assist shy of a double-double with nine, including seven in the first half, and was 8-of-9 from the foul line against the Vols.Registered 16 points and six assists at Kentucky. Finished with nine points, four assists and three steals versus Alabama in the SEC Tournament. Hit 7-of-11 shots from the field en route to a 16-point, five-rebound, five-assist night in the NIT first-round win over San Diego State. Treated the home fans to the second triple double in school history against Creighton in the second round of the NIT, leading UF to victory with 11 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and a personal-best 11 assists. The performance was Florida’s first triple-double since Corey Brewer turned the trick against Jacksonville on Dec. 18, 2005. Followed up historic performance with 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds in NIT quarterfinal win at Arizona State. Scored 12 points on a career-high 19 field goal attempts with seven rebounds against UMass in NIT semifinal
Sophomore Year 2008-2009
Nick Calathes at College

Was named First Team All-SEC by unanimous vote. Broke his school record of 221 assists, finishing the year with 231 and he has the two highest totals in UF history.Ranks third all-time in school history in career assists after just two years.Holds record of most points scored in UF history after freshman and sophomore year with 1,170.He was also the only player in the country to average more than 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game.Ranked in the top 10 in the league in nine different categories (out of 13) during conference, ranking in the top five in six of those categories. Led the Gators in scoring (17.2 ppg), assists (6.4 apg), and steals (68). Led the team in assists (15) and three-point percentage (.714) during the exhibition season, tying for the team-high in field-goal percentage (.692) on 9-of-13 shooting. Scored 16 points, dished out a team-high seven assists and pulled down four rebounds in the season opener vs. Toledo. Led the Gators with six assists and poured in 13 points in the win over Bradley. Was the leading scorer for the Gators in the 64-50 win over Southern Utah, with 18 points, the only UF player in double-digits on the night, while dishing out a team-high four assists and grabbing a team-high seven boards. Led the team in assists with seven and scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting against Syracuse. Scored 21 points and had eight assists in the win over Washington in Kansas City. Contributed nine points, six assists and two rebounds in Florida’s win over Missouri-Kansas City in the Gator Jam. Led the team with 16 points and contributed seven assists in the win over FSU. Scored 16 points again at FSU while dishing out six assists. Collected a season-high nine assists and scored seven points against Florida Gulf Coast. Recorded his first double-double of the season against UCF in Jacksonville, the fourth of his career, scoring 16 points and dishing out a career-tying and team-leading 11 assists in the win. Led the Gators with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting in the win over Georgia Southern. Tallied nine points and collected nine assists against Winthrop. Led the Gators with 23 points off 7-of-11shooting and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the win over Stetson. Led all scorer’s with 32 points in the nationally televised win over N.C. State. Tallied a double-double and led the Gators with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds in the win over Longwood. Led the team with 19 points and dished out eight assists in the SEC opener win vs. Ole Miss. In a season-high 37 minutes against Auburn, led the Gators in scoring with 17 points and dished out a team-high five assists and two steals. Connected with a career-high six three-pointers and led the team with 28 points and 10 rebounds in the win at home vs. Arkansas. Led the Gators in scoring with 20 points, hitting 8-of-13 from the field, while dishing out five assists against South Carolina. Scored 15 points (6-of-11), grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in Florida’s 94-69 rout of Vanderbilt. Recorded the school’s first-ever triple-double in SEC play with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory over Georgia. Was Florida’s leading scorer with 21 points and four assists against Tennessee on the road. Scored a team-high 22 points and dished out five assists in the win at hom over South Carolina. Became the 43rd member of the school’s 1,000-point club when he poured in a career-high 33 points at Kentucky. Notched his eighth career double double on the road at Georgia with 16 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. His 13 assists at UGA marked a career-high. Led the Gators in scoring and steals with 22 points and five take-aways in the Gators’ win over Alabama. Poured in 14 points and added four steals and four assists in the home victory vs. Vanderbilt. Became the seventh player in school history with 400 assists after dishing out out six dimes and scoring 12 points in the game at LSU. Led the team with 20 points and seven assists in the contest at home vs. Tennessee. Chipped in 11 points and led Florida in assists, with five, against Mississippi State on the road. Led the Gators with seven points and tallied five points, three rebounds and three steals in the home win over Kentucky. Tallied 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the win against Arkansas in the first round of the SEC tournament. Contributed seven points and 11 defensive boards against Auburn in the second round of the league tournament in Tampa, while dishing out a team-leading five assists in the game. Led the Gators with 19 points and a team-high six assists in the first-round NIT victory over Jacksonville. Topped all Gators with 21 points and seven assists in the second-round NIT victory versus Miami. Led the team with seven assists and chipped in 10 points in the NIT game versus Penn State
[edit] College statistics
Regular Season Averages Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN
2007-08 Florida Gators 36 15.3 5.2 6.1 1.6 0.1 .426 .367 .724 32.6
2008–09 Florida Gators 36 17.1 5.3 6.4 1.8 0.1 .482 .390 .707 33.3
College career highs
Stat

High

Opponent

Date
Points

33

vs. Kentucky

February 10, 2009
Total Rebounds

13

vs. Georgia

January 28, 2009
Assists

13

vs. Georgia

February 14, 2009
Steals

5

vs. Alabama

February 18, 2009
Panathinaikos B.C.

On May 23, 2009, Calathes announced that he would bypass the NBA to play in the Greek A1 League. He agreed to terms with the elite Euroleague club Panathinaikos Athens. The three-year deal, sources said, would pay Calathes around €2.4 million net income, in addition to providing him with a home, car, and endorsements, making for a total package commensurate to what the NBA rookie salary scale provides an early lottery selection.[4] Despite his commitment to play in Greece, he was still selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2010 second-round draft pick and cash.

In his first year with Panathinaikos, he won the Greek Championship, averaging 5.4 points, 2.3 assists, and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes per game. He also participated in the Greek Youth All Star Game (for players age 22 and under), in which he scored 6 points and dished 6 assists. In 2010, Calathes was also voted the third best young player (age 22 and under) in the Greek League, after Nikolaos Pappas and Vangelis Mantzaris. In the 2010-11 season, Calathes had an average of 7.8 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in the Greek League. He also participated in the senior men's HEBA Greek All Star Game, replacing Papaloukas (who was out with an injury), because he was 16th in the fan voting with 1200 votes. Calathes scored 11 points and dished 6 assists in the All-Star Game.

Diamantidis was the MVP of the series, but Calathes was the key player.
Xavier Pascual

In the Euroleague 2010-11 Final Four semifinals, Calathes scored a career-high with 12 points against Barcelona. Barcelona head coach Xavier Pascual said, Diamantidis was the MVP of the series, but Calathes was the key player. His teammate, Ian Vougioukas, stated about him, Calathes played four outstanding games, especially on defense, and was a key for us. In the playoff series against Barcelona, Calathes averaged 7.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1 steal in 25 minutes per game. In the Euroleague semifinal against Montepaschi Siena, Calathes had another good performance, which helped send Panathinaikos to the 2011 Euroleague Final. He scored 17 points and dished 6 assists to his teammates and grabbed 6 rebounds. At the Euroleague Final against Maccabi Tel Aviv, Calathes helped Panathinaikos by scoring 4 points, recording 6 assists and making 2 steals. Finally, Calathes won his first Euroleague title. In Greek League play-offs Calathes had an average of 8.8 points, 3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 23 minutes per game. He helped Panathinaikos reach to Finals when he was very good, especially at the 4th match in which he had 16 points,11 assist and 5 rebounds in 42 minutes. He won his 2nd Greek Championship with Panathinaikos and he also was member of Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team and Eurobasket.com All-Defensive Team and he won the title of Eurobasket.com Most Improved Player of the Year.
Regular season career highs
Stat

High

Opponent

Date
Points

17

vs. Montepaschi Siena

May 6, 2011
Total Rebounds

11

vs. Peristeri

November 6, 2010
Assists

11

vs. Olympiakos

June 5, 2011
Steals

3

vs. Regal Barcelona

March 31, 2011
Greek national team
Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for Greece
FIBA European Championship
Bronze 2009 Poland National team

Calathes holds dual citizenship with the United States and Greece. On June 30, 2008, he acquired a Greek passport and made his debut with the Greek junior national team at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Under current United States nationality law, the acquisition of a foreign passport does not automatically result in loss of U.S. citizenship. (See also Vance v. Terrazas).

I love Greece, and I love playing at this club at the moment. - Nick Calathes on his life in Greece.

In 2009, Calathes debuted with the senior Greek national basketball team, and with them he won the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2009. At EuroBasket 2009, Calathes was 5th in the tournament in steals, with 1.6 steals per game, and he also averaged 4.1 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists per game, in 18 minutes per game. In the quarter-final game against Spain, despite his team losing the game, he scoring 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, shared 2 assists, and made 2 steals. The next summer, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Greece failed to win a medal. Calathes averaged 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists during the tournament. He has played with Greek national basketball team in 29 games so far, scoring 197 points, for an average of 6.8 points per game. With the Under-20 Greek junior national basketball team, he played in 10 games, scoring 115 points, for an average of 11.5 points per game.
Stat High Opponent Date
Points

22

vs. Croatia

August 8, 2010
Total Rebounds

7

vs. Ivory Coast

September 1, 2010
Assists

9

vs. Croatia

August 8, 2010
Steals

3

vs. France

September 15, 2009
Awards and accomplishments
High school and college career

1x Florida High School State Championship: (2007)
1x Southeastern Conference’s Newcomer of the Year: (2008)
1x All-SEC 2nd Team: (2008)
2× Florida Mr. Basketball: (2006, 2007)
1x Parade All-American
1x Jordan All-American
1x Gatorade Player of the Year
1xMcDonald's All-American: (2007)
2× SEC Freshman of the Week: (2008)[5][6]
1x SEC All-Freshman Team: (2008)[7]
1x SEC Co-Freshman of the Year: (2008)
1x All SEC First-Team: (2009)

Panathinaikos B.C.

1x Euroleague Champion: 2011
2x Greek Championship: 2010, 2011
2x Greek Youth All Star Game: (2010, 2011)
1x Greek All Star Game: (2011)
1x Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team: (2011)
1x Eurobasket.com Most Improved Player of the Year: (2011)
1x Eurobasket.com All-Defensive Team: (2011)
1x All-Star Basket Magazine All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team: (2011)
1x All-Star Basket Magazine Most Improved Player of the Year: (2011)
1x Greek League Most Improved Player of the Year: (2011)

Greek national team

EuroBasket 2009: Bronze Medal
2x Acropolis Tournament Winner: (2009, 2010)
1x Love Cyprus Basketball Tourmament: (2010)

Professional statistics
Regular Season and Play-offs Averages Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN
2009-10 Panathinaikos B.C. 31 5.4 2.3 2 0.8 0.1 .600 .364 .622 15.1
2010-11 Panathinaikos B.C. 34 7.8 3.1 3.2 1.0 0.1 .594 .279 .667 19.9

Stats last updated July 7, 2011.

References

^ Turkey2010.fiba.com Biography.
^ Euroleague.net Profile.
^ Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Varsity the Blog: Boys Basketball archives.
^ Gainesville.com Calathes To Play In Greece.
^ www.secsports.com - This Week In SEC Men's Basketball - 12/10.
^ www.secsports.com - This Week In SEC Men's Basketball - 1/14.
^ SEC announces coaches awards.

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