Originally an early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration
Career Notes: Came up through the ranks in Germany, playing for Alba Berlin’s feeder team, Tus Lichterfelde, in Germany’s second division. Signed to a contract by European power Olympiakos of Greece prior to 2001-02 season but played limited minutes. In December 2002, moved to Snaidero Udine of Italy’s top league and was given more playing time. Played this past season with Mitteldeutscher of Germany’s first division.
2003-04: Averaged 11.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28 games with Mitteldeutscher. In the FIBA Cup, appeared in 10 games, averaging 9.8 points.
2002-03: After switching to Snaidero Udine in December 2002, quickly became a key offensive player for the team. In 21 games, he played 26.7 minutes per game and produced 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.14 steals.
2003 World Championship: Was a key reserve on the German team that won the bronze medal in Indianapolis. He averaged 15.6 minutes and 7.4 points. In a key second-round victory over New Zealand, contributed 13 points, sinking five of six shots, including two three-pointers. Came up big again in that round in a win over Russia, scoring 17 points to tie Dirk Nowitzki for team-high scoring honors.
Strengths: An electrifying, explosive athlete who can drive past defenders and sky to the rim. Scouts say he has a scorer’s mentality, always looking to score when he gets the ball.