THIS SEASON: Kostas Charissis, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center and a native of Greece, is a 2003 senior. An imposing figure in the paint, he will compete for starting time at center in his final year with the Trojans. His full first name is Konstantinos. He is scheduled to play for the Greek National team in the summer of 2002.
SAID BIBBY: "Hopefully his time with the Greek National team will afford him the chance to get some good quality minutes this summer. He gives us another big body. He knows the ropes around here and should be able to step in and give us some good production this year."
2001-2002: Charissis, as a 2002 junior, started 18 of 20 games at center, but missed the final eight games of the season with a fracture in his left ankle (originally suffered at Arizona) ... Was originally suspended for the Trojans' first 15 regular-season games of the season for a violation of NCAA amateurism rules, but it was reduced to three games. The original suspension stemmed from the fact that before he attended USC, Charissis played on a club team in Greece which included professional players. Even though he played as an amateur, this was an NCAA violation ... Had his best game in two years against Cal with a career-high 10 rebounds, eight points and a career-high four field goals. He also had three assists and tied a career-high with two blocks. He played 30 minutes, the most since his freshman season ... He was averaging 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game when he was injured ... At Long Beach State, he scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes ... He blocked two shots against Miami.
2000-2001: Charissis played in 18 games as a sophomore reserve center in 2001. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.7 minutes per game ... Made his first start of the season vs. Washington ... Scored four points in a season-high 12 minutes ... Had four points vs. Long Beach State and Oregon State ... Scored two points and had two rebounds in three minutes in USC's opener vs. Bradley.
1999-2000: Charissis played in 26 of 30 games as a 2000 freshman center and started 13 times after injuries depleted USC's frontcourt, including the last 10 games in a row ... Averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game overall and had seven blocks ... Had by far his most productive game of the season at No. 4 Arizona, posting career highs in points (nine), rebounds (eight), minutes (33), free throws made and attempted (3-of-4) and assists (four) ... In the last eight games of the season, Charissis' averages rose to 2.9 points and 4.0 rebounds ... Had five points and six rebounds in 15 minutes at Arizona State and had four points and six boards in his first career start against Hawai`i.
PAPAGOU-ATHENS CLUB: Charissis was a reserve center for the Papagou-Athens club team in 1999, his first year with the mid-level club team ... He averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in limited action.
Before that, Charissis spent three years playing for Psihico, a team from a smaller division ... He averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds with Psihico ... Charissis prepped at Bachlitzanaki in Pireus, Greece
SIDELIGHTS: Charissis was born on Nov. 12, 1979 ... Majoring in economics ... Has a younger sister, Maria, who plays volleyball ... His recruiting visit to USC marked the first time he had been to the United States ... Spent the 2001 summer working part-time as a security guard at Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers lockerroom.
KOSTAS CHARISSIS ON: Adjusting to America and its many cultures: "In Greece, there is just the Greek culture. Here, there are so many cultures. Here, you have the option of trying to do stuff with other people of the Greek culture, or you try to adjust. And that's what I try to do because I believe you become a better person by learning different cultures."