An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Grew up with Avtodor Saratov (Russia) juniors. Made his debut with Avtodor Saratov during the 2003-04 season. Signed by CSKA Moscow for the 2004-05 season. Won the bronze medal at the 2003 European Cadets Championship and played at the 2004 European Junior Championship.
(2004-05): Spent most of the season with the CSKA junior team in the Russian Junior League. Averaged 15.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 25.3 minutes. Had 39 points and 13 rebounds vs. Khimki. Helped the squad win the junior team tournament at the Euroleague Final Four. Notched 17 points in 20 minutes vs. Skipper Bologna juniors, 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals in 22 minutes vs. Pau Orthez juniors, 18 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes vs. AEK juniors and 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the title game vs. Zalgiris Kaunas juniors. In four Superleague A contests with CSKA’s senior team, recorded 3.0 points in 6.0 minutes. Over four games in the Russian Cup, averaged 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 24.3 minutes. Played in one Euroleague game, seeing two minutes of action.
(2003-04): Played for Russia’s Avtodor Saratov, averaging 4.8 points in 18.1 minutes. In 10 FIBA Europe Cup contests, tallied 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.1 minutes. Converted 6-of-12 three-pointers in FIBA Europe Cup play.
2004 European Championship for Junior Men (U-18): Averaged 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes in four Qualifying Round matches for Russia. Recorded 9.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25.6 minutes in five Challenge Round games. Tallied 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.6 minutes in eight Qualifying Round contests.
2003 European Championship for Cadets (U-16): Contributed 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over eight Final Round matches. Had 22 points vs. France, converting 5-of-7 three-pointers.
Strengths: Excellent athlete. Solid shooter. Versatile. Has great size for the small forward position.