An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Attended college in the United States at just 15 years of age, playing a season for Globe Tech Junior College in New York in 2001-02. Returned home to his native Republic of Georgia, where he spent the 2002-03 season with the amateur basketball club Academy Tbilisi. Signed by SAOS JDA Dijon in the French Pro A League for the 2003-04 campaign. Member of the Georgian Junior National Team.
2003-04: Averaged 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.8 minutes in French Pro A with Dijon. Posted season highs of eight points, six rebounds, two assists and 10 minutes vs. reigning league champion Pau Orthez. In six FIBA Europe Cup matches, averaged 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. Dijon reached the finals before falling to Mitteldeutscher, 84-68, in the title game. Posted season highs of nine points, seven rebounds and 30 minutes vs. Clube Atletico in FIBA Europe Cup play.
2004 European Championships for Juniors: Competed in the Qualifying Round and Challenge Round of the 2004 European Championship for Juniors with the Georgian Junior National Team. In five Qualifying Round contests, averaged 18.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. Shot 7-for-15 (.457) from three-point range. Tallied 25 points and 13 rebounds vs. Poland, 21 and 14 vs. the Slovak Republic, 13, 19 and five steals vs. Belgium and 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes vs. Luxemburg. In five Challenge Round contests, averaged 17.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.4 blocks. Registered 25 points and 10 rebounds vs. Italy in the opening game.
2002-03: Spent the season with Academy Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.
2001-02: Played one season at Globe Tech Junior College in New York.
Strengths: Projects as a small forward in the NBA game. Solid athlete, excellent shooter, has good toughness on the boards. Has enormous upside, given his age.