In a somewhat surprising announcement, Thad Matta revealed today that seven footer Zisis Sarikopoulos has transferred from UAB to Ohio State.
Prior to joining UAB as a freshman last season, the big man led the 2007 Greek Under-18 national team to a second place finish in the Euro Championships.
According to the press release, Michael Jordan selected Zisis as the MVP of Greece inviting him to play in the 2007 Jordan Brand Classic.
Last season at UAB, he averaged just 1.8 points and 1.1 boards in 20 games (4 starts).
The addition surprises me as I thought Thad was okay with potentially sacrificing the last available '08 scholarship to the NCAA gods but maybe grabbing a big to help replace BJ Mullens in 2009-10 was too hard to pass up. I'll be interested to learn how this all came about as I admittedly have no idea.
He'll have a year to bulk up and polish his skills but I'm still not sure what I think of this just yet. What's your initial take? Good move or bad move?