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Irakli Nijaradze 33
Irakli Nijaradze


Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia

High School:
Holy Cross (Va.)

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 235


2003-04 Played in all 28 games, starting 13 at center ... finished season with 11 assists and 11 blocked shots ... scored a season-high seven points versus Central Connecticut State on Jan. 5 ... matched career-high with five rebounds at Navy (Jan. 3), Manhattan (Jan. 23), Niagara (Feb. 19) and Canisius (Feb. 21) ... posted two blocked shots versus Towson on Nov. 29 and again at Iona in Dec. 2 ... had one assist, one block, one steal and four points in 19 minutes against Fairfield on Feb. 25

2002-03 Played in 18 games and started 12 ... missed 10 games because of stress fracture in left leg ... scored 10 points in season opener versus Morgan State ... returned from injury and posted nine points and three rebounds in MAAC tournament ... averaged 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game ... made first collegiate three-pointer versus Mt. Saint Mary's on Dec. 15 ... finished season 1-of-2 from three-point range ... finished season with seven assists, three blocked shots and a steal

2001-02 One of five Greyhounds to play in every game ... started 20 of 28 games as a freshman ... averaged 3.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 14 minutes per game ... scored season-high nine points in 20 minutes against Niagara on Feb. 13 ... shot 3-for-3 from the field at Saint Peter's on Feb. 16 and perfect 2-for-2 from the field two days later against Manhattan ... scored eight points against Coppin State and in Greyhound victory at Fairleigh Dickinson ... had four points and three rebounds in MAAC tournament game against Canisius ... season-best five rebounds at Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 15 ... shot 74 percent (39-for-53) from the free-throw line and 44 percent from the field (30-for-68) ... had two assists in 83-56 loss at Rider Jan. 17

Before Loyola A three-year starter in basketball at Holy Cross Regional Catholic High School in Lynchburg, Va. ... adjusted extremely well to American culture during his stay in Virginia ... averaged better than 20 points and 10 rebounds his senior season

Personal The son of Mogeli and Marina Nijaradze, Irakli Nijaradze was born Dec. 19, 1981 in Kutaisi in the Republic of Georgia ... guardians in the United States are Doni and Charlie Guggenheimer of Lynchburg ... has an older sister, Ekaterine (27) ... has two uncles who played professional basketball in Georgia ... came to the United States from Georgia in 1998 ... first name is pronounced "e-ROCK-lee" ... last name is pronounced "KNEE-juh-ROD-zay" ... majoring in political science at Loyola

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