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Ian Thomsen
February 25, 2002
Introducing the latest top prospect from Europe: 6'11" Nickoloz Tskitishvili, a thin 18-year-old power forward from the Republic of Georgia. "He has more talent than Pau Gasol," says Benetton Treviso coach Mike D'Antoni, who predicts Tskitishvili will be a Top 5 pick in 2004 when he turns 21. "He's very quick, plays hard, shoots the three and knows how to pass."
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February 25, 2002

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Introducing the latest top prospect from Europe: 6'11" Nickoloz Tskitishvili, a thin 18-year-old power forward from the Republic of Georgia. "He has more talent than Pau Gasol," says Benetton Treviso coach Mike D'Antoni, who predicts Tskitishvili will be a Top 5 pick in 2004 when he turns 21. "He's very quick, plays hard, shoots the three and knows how to pass."

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