Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 and 2005 NBA Drafts before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Career Highlights: Spent several years on the Russian National Junior Cadet team along with fellow draft prospect Pavel Podkolzine. Made his professional debut in the Russian B Superleague with Dimitovgrad but did not see his first game action until the 2001-02 season with Uniks-2 Kazan. Moved to Canada in December of 2002 to live with his uncle, and played nearly two seasons of high school basketball at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Oakville, Ontario. Returned to Russia for the 2004-05 season, signing with Dynamo Moscow of the A Superleague but spent most of the next two years on the Dynamo-2 Moscow squad that competed in the lower division, the B Superleague.
2005-06: Made the most out of his time with Dynamo Moscow in Russian A Superleague A, appearing in four games and averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.6 minutes a contest. In Russian B Superleague play with Dynamo-2 Moscow, averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10 games. Also appeared in three games in the ULEB Cup, but did not score.
2004-05: Played in seven games with Dynamo-2 Moscow in the Russian B Superleague, averaging 6.2 points and 4.4 rebounds. Appeared in one Russian A Superleague game with Dynamo Moscow and did not score.
High School Senior (2003-04): At St. Thomas Aquinas HS, averaged 26.8 points, 17.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists on 52 percent shooting.
High School Junior (2002-03): Played at St. Thomas Aquinas HS (statistics unavailable).
2001-02: Averaged 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds for Uniks-2 Kazan in the Russian B Superleague.