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#9 DARIUS SONGAILA
Weight: 248 lbs.
Birthdate : February 14, 1978
College: Wake Forest
NBA Years: 5
Drafted: 50th Overall (Second Round) By Boston In 2002
Career Transactions: Draft rights traded by Boston to Sacramento for two future second-round picks (6/23/03)…Signed as a free agent by Chicago (9/23/05)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Washington (7/19/06).
Professionally: Has been a member of his native Lithuania National Team since 1998…Helped the Lithuanian National Team to third and fourth place finishes, respectively, in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games…With Lithuania, captured the bronze medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2007 and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games…Averaged a career-high 9.2 points per game in 2005-06 with Chicago…After being selected by the Boston Celtics in NBA Draft 2002, spent the 2002-03 season playing in Russia.
Personally: Full name is Darius Songaila (sun-GUY-la)…Son of Ignas and Eugenija Songaila…Was the first member of his family to come to the United States…With his wife, Jacquelyn, has a daughter, Meile…Graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in communications…Participated in a “Reading Time-Out” in 2008 with a local sixth-grade class that responded to a contest that asked teachers to describe in 100 words or less, “My classroom deserves a ‘Time-Out with the Wizards’ because”…Greatest memory in sports was winning a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympic Games…Fluent in four languages, including English, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian…Hobbies include hunting and fishing…Played with CSKA Moscow of the Russian A Superleague and advanced to the 2003 Euroleague Final Four…Appeared in 130 games in four seasons at Wake Forest and posted career averages of 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.05 steals per game, while shooting .511 from the field and .831 from the free throw line…Finished ranked eighth in Demon Deacon history in rebounds (813), ninth in points (1,859) and second in games played (130)…As a senior, led the Deacons in scoring (17.9 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg) and free throw percentage (.854) and selected Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press...Resides in Washington, DC.