An early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. Previously known as Damir Omerhodzic before changing his last name to Markota in 2005.
Career Highlights: Grew up with Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) youth teams. Made his debut with Cibona during the 2001-02 season. Sent on loan during the season to Zabok in the Croatian 2nd Division. Sent back to Cibona Zagreb for the 2002-03 season. Loaned in October 2002 to Sanac Karlovac. Sent back to Cibona Zagreb for the 2003-04 season and has been there ever since. Has been a member of the Croatian Junior National Team and the Croatian Under-20 National Team. At the 2003 World Junior Championships, averaged 5.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. Led team with highs of 18.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in the 2005 U20 European Championships held in Moscow, Russia.
2005-06: Averaged 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.8 minute a contest in the Adriatic League for Cibona Zagreb. Posted a season-high 21 points vs. KK Siroki Brijeg. Contributed 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 20.4 minutes a contest in 19 Euroleague games. Recorded a high of 17 points twice.
2004-05: Averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in the Croatian A1 League for Cibona Zagreb. Contributed 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16.9 minutes a contest in the Adriatic League, helping Cibona reach the quarterfinals. Averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.5 minutes a contest in 11 Euroleague games.
2003-04: Appeared in four games for Cibona Zagreb in the Adriatic League, averaging 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8.5 minutes a contest. Played in one Euroleague game and scored two points.
2002-03: Averaged 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 36.5 minutes a contest in the Croatian A2 League with Sanac Karlovac. Posted a season-high 32 points vs. KK Zrinjevac. Played at the 2002 European Under-20 Championship.
Strengths: According to scouting reports, he’s an above average athlete with a polished offensive game and excellent shooting touch. Has good lateral quickness and gets up and down the floor quickly.