** Traded to San Antonio on Draft night
An early entry candidate for the 2011 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights:Has spent the last five seasons competing at various levels of basketball in Latvia. Joined Union Olimpija this past season. In April, competed in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland for the World Select Team. Registered eight points on 3-of-10 field goals and 2-of-6 three-pointers in 17 minutes in a loss to the U.S. Junior National Select Team. Has represented Latvia in junior national play at the under-16 and 18 levels.
2010-11:(as of 5/7/11) Started out the year with BK Barons Riga of Latvia’s top basketball league, the LBL Division One. In five games, averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals in 20.3 minutes. Totaled a season-high 24 points, four rebounds and four assists vs. Latvijas Universitate. In Latvia’s Boys Division, under-19 play, averaged 20.2 points in six games. Signed in mid-November with Union Olimpija of Slovenia. Joined the club’s junior team before moving to the senior squad in late February. Currently is averaging 4.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 10.1 minutes over seven contests with the Slovenian League still in season. Totaled 11 points twice. Has converted 50.0 percent (5-10) of his three-point attempts. Also appeared in seven Adriatic League games for Union Olimpija, averaging 4.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.9 minutes. Shot 8-of-14 (57.1%) from three-point range. Posted nine points twice. Prior to the start of the 2010-11 club season, participated in the 2010 U-18 European Championship for Latvia. Averaged 14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals in 30.1 minutes over nine contests. Shot 25-of-66 (37.9%) from three-point range.
2009-10: In 30 LBL games in Latvia’s second division, averaged 17.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game with BAA Riga. Also notched 15.2 points in 22 Boys Division games and 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in 29.6 minutes in another three postseason games. Made two appearances with BK Keizarmezs Riga of the LBL Division One, averaging 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in 32.5 minutes.
2008-09:In 20 games in the LBL Division Two, averaged 10.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals in 22.5 minutes for BAA Riga. In 21 contests in the Boys Division with Riga’s third team, averaged 16.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks in 28.5 minutes. Joined ASK Riga in March competing in the top division of the LBL. Averaged 12.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 19.0 minutes in two games. Also played two Baltic league games for ASK Riga, failing to score in four total minutes. Prior to the start of the season, represented Latvia at the U-16 European Championship in August 2008. Averaged 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 25.6 minutes in eight games. Shot 33.8 percent from the field and 32.1 percent (17-53) from three-point range.
2007-08:In 15 appearances in the LABL, the third-best league in Latvia, averaged 5.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.5 steals in 13.5 minutes per game with ASK Kadeti II. Averaged 16.0 points in 27.0 minutes in an additional five games to determine 13-16th place. Also played in 28 games in the Boys Division, averaging 10.4 points. In the Riga City Council Cup, posted 20.1 points in seven appearances. In junior basketball league (SJBL) play, averaged 8.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19.8 minutes over 10 games.
Strengths:Excellent three-point shooter. Size allows him to more easily get off his shot from the perimeter.