His peers invariably refer to the well-travelled Zisis as a 'true gentleman' but the captain of the Greek national team is more than an exemplary polite athlete with deep-rooted respect for the fair-play principles. Zisis first pulled on the national team jersey in 1999, became a senior international at the 2004 Olympic Games and EuroBasket 2015 is, incredibly for someone his age, set to be his 17th consecutive tournament in a Greek uniform. The veteran playmaker provides the safe pair of hands that every team needs when the chips are down, maintaining his stoic calm even in the tightest of situations. Behind this composed attitude there is an athlete who battled through a personal tragedy at a young age and a player with a contagious passion for the game. His ethos has rendered Zisis the mentor of every young player during their first steps on the senior national team.