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Ian Thomsen
May 19, 2003
One of the more controversial prospects in Europe is 7-foot center Darius Lavrinovic, who averaged 10.3 points in his native Lithuania before serving two years for a rape committed with his twin brother, Kristof, and a third man. "Darius played six to seven hours a day in prison and became much better," says Sakavickas Antanas, director of the Lithuanian club Alita-Savy Alytus, for which the 23-year-old Lavrinovic averaged 17.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 26 minutes after getting out of prison in January.... A name to remember: Peja Samardziski, a 17-year-old, 7'1" center for Partizan Belgrade's junior team. "The best shooter I've ever seen for someone his size," says an NBA scout. "I don't see any way that he won't be the first pick in 2005."
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May 19, 2003

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One of the more controversial prospects in Europe is 7-foot center Darius Lavrinovic, who averaged 10.3 points in his native Lithuania before serving two years for a rape committed with his twin brother, Kristof, and a third man. "Darius played six to seven hours a day in prison and became much better," says Sakavickas Antanas, director of the Lithuanian club Alita-Savy Alytus, for which the 23-year-old Lavrinovic averaged 17.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 26 minutes after getting out of prison in January.... A name to remember: Peja Samardziski, a 17-year-old, 7'1" center for Partizan Belgrade's junior team. "The best shooter I've ever seen for someone his size," says an NBA scout. "I don't see any way that he won't be the first pick in 2005."

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