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IMG Academy Basketball Camper Profile: Nikos Efstratudakis

Where are you from?

I was born in London, Canada. My family moved to Athens, Greece a few years after I was born.

What has been the toughest part of camp?

Being consistent and bringing every last bit of energy that I have.

What position do you play?

I play shooting guard and small forward.

What are your goals as a basketball player?

My goals are to improve every day and always listen to my coach, even if I don't always see the reasoning.

Nikos Efstratudakis works on ball-handling during his 7-week basketball camp at IMG Academy

What is your favorite professional team?

The Denver Nuggets are my favorite team, because they are underrated. People underestimate them since they are different compared to the rest of the teams in the NBA. Every player on the Nuggets is more than average. In Europe, my favorite team is Panathinaikos.

Who is your favorite professional player?

Dimitris Diamantidis is my favorite player, because I grew up watching him. He is one of the hardest working players in Europe and it shows whenever he steps on the court.

What were your expectations prior-to attending IMG Academy basketball program Camp? Are they being fulfilled?

Having been here last year for another camp, I really liked the intensity of the practices. That intensity is something I expected this time around. Also, I expected to improve. After almost five weeks, I feel like I have improved tremendously but still have a lot of work to do.

What part of IMG Academy basketball program Camp has been your favorite?

In the seven-week program, we played in a tournament and continue playing games. I love to play games, because as much as someone may improve their individual skills, all that matters is how you play in the game.

What is the experience like training with kids from all over the world?

It is something very different from the usual camps that you go to because you get to learn and connect with people from places you never expected to meet.

What is the most important thing you learned so far about Basketball from the coaches at IMG?

Two things I learned are very closely connected. Listen to your coach and work hard, no matter the circumstances.

What are your plans when you return to home?

I plan to continue training to prepare for the upcoming senior year.

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