Early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft. Born in Puerto Rico, but spent most of his childhood in New York, where he moved at the age of five. When he was 14 years old, he was spotted at a Brooklyn big-and-tall store by a former BSN (Superior Basketball League) player, who promptly phoned Caguas owner Felix Rivera. Rivera flew to New York and offered the teenage near seven-footer a contract on the spot, despite having never seen him play.
Career Highlights: Began his career with Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rico in 2000-01 and has been playing there ever since. Competed at the 2003 World Championships for Junior Men with the Puerto Rican Junior National Team, averaging 11.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in the competition. Tallied 17 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks against Turkey and 22 points and 14 rebounds in a head-to-head match-up with 6-11 tournament MVP Andrew Bogut of Australia. Also participated in the 2003 Global Games in Dallas, where he averaged 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds, and in the 2003 Pan American Games, where he helped Puerto Rico capture a bronze medal.
2003-04: In his fourth season in the BSN (Superior Basketball League) with Caguas, was among the leaders in the league in scoring (20.5), rebounding (9.5) and blocked shots per game (2.4).
2002-03: Earned the BSN’s Most Improved Player award this season. Averaged 12.2 points and 8.6 rebounds on the campaign.
2001-02: Saw spot duty in 23 contests for Caguas, contributing 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. Also appeared in the Puerto Rican Under-21 All Star Game.
2000-01: Received sparse playing time in his first season in the BSN at the age of 14. Averaged 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds over five appearances.
Strengths: Has shown tremendous growth in the short time he has played basketball. Has held his own against quality opponents in international competition and domestic league play.
Personal: Distant relative of Ramon Ramos, who was involved in a near fatal automobile accident days before he was to debut with the Portland Trail Blazers.