An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft. Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Career Highlights: A member of the Macedonian Under-16 National Team in 2000 and 2001. Started his pro career with Partizan Belgrade, playing for its junior team, during the 2000-01 season. Has been playing there ever since.
2004-05: Averaged 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds for Partizan Senior team, playing behind fellow draft prospect Kosta Perovic. Averaged 2.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11 Euroleague contests.
2003-04: Spent most of his time on Partizan’s junior team, as the senior club featured 2002 New Jersey Nets draft pick Nenad Krstic and fellow NBA draft prospect Kosta Perovic at center. For the junior team, averaged 17.0 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.0 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game. Had 27 points vs. Dinamo and Top Radneicki. Collected 18 points in a later game with Radneicki, to go along with 14 points, and grabbed 17 rebounds vs. Tamis and 15 rebounds vs. Usee and Vojvodina. Scored in double-figures in 23 of 24 contests and tallied 10 or more rebounds in 18 of 24 appearances. Missed two games due to obligations with the senior team.
2002-03: Spent the entire season with the Partizan junior squad, winning the Yugoslavian Cadet Championship.
2001-02: Played on the Partizan junior team, and also made an appearance with Partizan's senior squad in one game in the Euroleague, which is considered the best league in the world outside of the NBA.
2000-01: Made his pro debut with the Partizan junior team.
Strengths: Big man with an excellent shooting touch. Projects as a high-post center at the NBA level.
Personal: Father, Boban, is a former pro basketball player.