NBA DRAFT 2001
7-0 (215 cm)
227 (103 kg)
July 6, 1980
Selected in the first round (third pick overall) by the Atlanta Hawks. Draft rights traded to Memphis for Shareef Abdur-Rahim
An early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft.
Member of one of the top teams in the ACB, the top professional basketball league in Spain.
Was a member of teams that won the ACB Championship and Junior World Championship in 1999.
Playing for Barcelona's junior team, was integral part of team that won the 1998 Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the 1998 European Junior Championship.
Was named MVP of the Spanish National Cup (Copa del Rey) after leading team to victory in Malaga, Spain.
Lists his idol as Kevin Garnett.
"In the Copa del Rey, he showed a lot of maturity despite the pressures and expectations that were thrust upon him," said Walter Szczerbiak of the ACB, one of the top players ever to play in Spain and the father of Wally Szczerbiak of the Minnesota Timberwolves. "He was a matchup nightmare for anyone who played against him. He's got very, very long arms, and he's very active. If you defend him with a three, he's just too tall. If you defend him with a bigger guy, he'll drive and create fouls. He also showed a variety of post moves. And he plays with heart."
According to telebasket.com, he is an excellent ballhandler and passer, who can put the ball on the floor and run the court.
Despite his height, he moves around the court like a small forward and has the passing and shooting abilities for that position.
Delivered a breakthrough season in 2000-01 as a 20-year-old playing for F.C. Barcelona.
Played in 29 of team's first 33 games, averaging 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 23.8 minutes.
As a 19-year-old, averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes.
Showed perimeter game, hitting six three-point field goals.
As an 18-year, saw action in two games, playing 11 total minutes.
Scored six points and grabbed two rebounds, making one three-pointer.
Made his debut on January 17, 1999, against Caceres.
|Three-point field goals: 1998-99, 1-for-3 (.333); 1999-00, 6-for-20 (.3000); 2000-01, 13-for-40 (.325). Totals: 20-for-63 (.317).