Full Name:
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Position:
Forward
College:
N/A
Height:
7-0 (2.12 m)
Weight:
225 (102.1 kg)
High School:
58 Sports School (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Team:
Benetton Treviso (Italy)
Birthdate:
April 14, 1983
Birthplace:
Tbilisi, Georgia

Statistics

NBA DRAFT 2002
Selected in the first round (fifth overall) by the Denver Nuggets.

HIGHLIGHTS
An early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft.
One of the most promising athletic big men in Europe, according to NBA scouts.
Played the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 season for KK Slovan in Slovenia.
Prior to that, as a young teenager, played for Sokhumi in his native Republic of Georgia.
Was a member of the Georgian National Team at the 1999 European Junior Championship and at the 2000 European Junior Championship qualifying round.
Participated in the 2000 Slovenian All-Star Game.

In his first season with Benetton Treviso as an 18-year-old, played about 12.7 minutes per game after beginning play in January.
Coached by former NBA player and head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Saw limited action against better teams, getting more minutes against lesser competition.
In 11 games, averaged 6.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and shot over 73 percent on two-point field goals, over 83 percent from free throw line and shot 40 percent from three-point range.
Scored season-high 14 points vs. Fabriano, making six of seven shots, including a pair of three-pointers.
In season-high 25 minutes against Wurth Roma, contributed 13 points and season-highs of four rebounds and three assists.
Also scored 13 points vs. Muller Verona and notched 11 points vs. Biella.

As a 17-year-old playing for KK Slovan in Slovenia in 2000-01, averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game.

Telebasket.com praises his versatility, noting that he prefers to face the basket on offense.
Despite a lack of muscle due to his youth, his agility and mobility allow him to prosper at the power forward and small forward positions.
He runs the floor exceptionally well for his height and has an excellent touch on his jump shot, even out to the European three-point distance.
He is also an excellent free throw shooter.

STATISTICS - KK Slovan (Slovenia)
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2000-01 31   91 180 .510 55 80 .688 113 6 5 0 250 8.1
Three-point field goals: 13-for-45 (.289).

STATISTICS - Benetton Treviso (Italy)
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2001-02 11   22 30 .733 5 6 .835 20 4 5 2 73 6.6
Three-point field goals: 8-for-20 (.400).