Born in his native port town of Tiko, Cameroon, Sofoklis moved to his other country, Greece with his parents when he was very young. He has a brother called Alexandros. Sofoklis first took up basketball in his city of Kavala. It was there where his parents advised him to play basketball and Sofoklis at first didn't like the sport. But eventually the game grew on him and he was always practising and then slowly, slowly, he began to like it which led to him playing it every day. Eventually a scout/coach discovered his talent and pushed him into the sport. Schortsanitis began playing basketball at a professional level with Iraklis in the Greek League when he was a teenager, starting the 2000–01 season. In the 2002–03 season, he averaged 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in the Greek league at the age of 17. He then went on to play in the Italian League with Cantù during the 2003–04 season, but his stay was a failure due to a lack of maturity and experience. Following that, he returned to Greece and spent the 2004–05 season with Aris.
In the 2005–06 season, "Sofo" was transferred to Olympiacos. He became a vital member of the team that reached the Euroleague quarter finals and his performances impressed Panagiotis Giannakis, who picked him for the senior Greek national basketball team at the end of the season.
During the following two years, Schortsanitis failed to reach consistency and his chronic weight issues re-emerged, to the point he spent almost the entire 2007–08 season dealing with them. He came back in shape in the 2008–09 season, helping Olympiacos reach the Euroleague Final Four. In the 2009–10 season, he made another step towards consistency, displaying his most mature performances on the "Reds'" way to the Euroleague Final, which they lost to Navarro's and Rubio's Barcelona by 86–68.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
On 5 August 2010, Schortsanitis signed a two-year deal with five-time Euroleague champions Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League. His presence alongside Jeremy Pargo, Chuck Eidson, and Doron Perkins helped the team reach the 2011 Euroleague Final, where they eventually lost to Diamantidis' Panathinaikos, by a score of 78–70. Sofo averaged 12 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1 assist per game throughout the Euroleague 2010-11 season, earning an All-Euroleague First Team selection.
In the 2011–12 season, Schortsanitis fought a chronic knee injury which had an impact on his performance during the season and left him unable to participate with the Greek national team that summer. Nevertheless, he helped Maccabi reach the Euroleague quarter finals, where they were topped by Panathinaikos, losing the series, 3–2.
On 4 July 2012, Schortsanitis signed a three-year contract with Panathinaikos, worth €1.5 million euros net income. He reportedly turned down significantly more lucrative offers from Baskonia Vitoria and Galatasaray, among others, to return to Greece and for the Greens. In July 2013, Panathinaikos announced that Schortsanitis would not continue play for Panathinaikos.
Second stint with Maccabi
On 10 July 2013, Schortsanitis returned to Maccabi after one season in Panathinaikos and signed a three-year contract with the Israeli champion. Following his comeback, Maccabi won the Euroleague, the first in his career. Over 29 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.2 minutes of play.
Crvena zvezda Edit
On August 2, 2015, Schortsanitis signed a one-year contract with the Serbian club Crvena zvezda. On October 28, 2015, he parted ways with Zvezda. In 6 games of ABA League, he averaged 4,8 points and 2,5 rebounds per match.
On November 2, 2015, Schortsanitis signed with PAOK for the rest of the season.... show moreless