Sep 4, 2013
(San Diego, CA) - University of San Diego men's basketball player John Sinis (Patras, Greece) has decided to begin his career as a professional basketball player early. Sinis, who had two years of eligibility left with the Toreros, has joined AGO Rethimno, a team ranked 4th in last year's Greek First Basketball League.
"While we are disappointed John won't be a member of our team or graduate from USD, we are happy for John and his opportunity to play for one of the top three teams in Greece," said USD head coach Bill Grier. "It was always a goal of John's to play at the highest level professionally in his home country. Obviously the timing isn't great but I don't know if there ever is good timing when you lose a player. His departure doesn't change the top 8-9 players in our rotation, nor our excitement for the upcoming season. We wish John well as he starts a new phase in his career".
This past season Sinis appeared in 33 games with one start (Montana) and averaged 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. He converted 39.8 percent of his overall shot attempts (47-118), 35.7 percent from three-point range (25-70) and 68.0 percent from the free throw line (17-25). He reached double digit scoring three times with a personal high of 13 points against Santa Clara. During his freshman campaign he appeared in all 31 games and averaged 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds.
"After long consideration I made the difficult decision to leave my studies and college basketball to pursue my life's goal and start my professional career," stated John Sinis. "I would like to thank USD from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams to play basketball in the NCAA, develop as a player and to be part of such a prestigious university like USD."