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Full Name: Darko Milicic
Position: Forward/Center
Height/Weight: 7-0 (2.13 m)/ 245 (111.1 kg)
Birthdate: June 20, 1985 (Novi Sad, Montenegro)
High School: Hemiska HS (Montenegro)
Team: Hemofarm Vrsac (Serbia & Montenegro)

NBA DRAFT 2003
Selected in the first round (second overall) by the Detroit Pistons


YUBA League
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
2001-02183776.4872031.6455583975.4
2002-032058119.48771105.67692158321909.5
Totals3895195.48791136.66914723112877.6
Three-point field goals: 2001-02, 1-for-5 (.200); 2002-03, 1-for-5 (.200). Totals: 2-for-10 (.200).

NEBL
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
2002-0310.614.73714.2
Three-point field goals: (.500).

An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. One of the most promising young big men in Europe. Has developed quickly both in terms of skill development and physical stature. He is expected to start out as a forward in the NBA but will likely play center eventually as his body matures.

Career Notes: A member of the Yugoslavian team that won the European Cadet Championships in 2001. A member of the team at the Under-20 Championships in 2002, but coaches did not play him in competition.

(2002-03): Through 20 games, he was playing 20 minutes per game, averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots. He was shooting 49 percent from the field and 68 percent from the line. Saw more playing time in the North European Basketball League (NEBL), a competition against other top European clubs. In 10 games (team went 6-4), averaged 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. Scored 21 points in a victory over Greek power PAOK. Tallied 23 vs. PAOK in the losing rematch. Exploded for 37 points in a victory over Skonto (Latvia).

(2001-02): Was elevated to the top club team in 2001-02 just before his 16th birthday. Also played in the Korac Cup competition, averaging 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while seeing 21 minutes of action per game.

(2000-01): His team, Hemofarm Vrsac, first ascended to the first division in Yugoslavia in 1998-99. He was a member of the Hemofarm Vrsac junior team in 2000-01.

Strengths: A skilled and strong big man who is comfortable at any spot along the front line. His biggest challenge has been getting playing time in system that relies on veteran players to play the most important minutes. Several scouting reports indicate he has three-point range, but he does not take this shot when playing for his team in regular season play in order to comply with his coach’s wishes.

Personal: In an exclusive interview with ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford in December, Milicic expressed admiration for Kevin Garnett. He also revealed that his father, a police officer, is 6-7 and his mother is 6-3.