Charissis To Miss First 15 Games Of 2002

Aug. 17, 2001

USC men's basketball junior center Kostas Charissis, a Greek native who has been a reserve the past two years, will have to sit out the Trojans' first 15 regular-season games this coming 2002 season for a violation of NCAA amateurism rules.

Before he attended USC, Charissis played on a club team in Greece which included professional players. Even though he played as an amateur, this is an NCAA violation.

The NCAA made a major effort this summer to check the playing history of foreign men's basketball players, looking for violations of the amateurism rule.

The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Charissis averaged 1.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 4.7 minutes per game in 18 appearances as a sophomore in 2001 as the Trojans finished 24-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. As a freshman in 2000, he played in 26 games, averaging 1.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 9.8 minutes per game, starting 13 times in place of injured regulars.

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