BLAZER TRAILS: Nikolic, who has continued to improve each season, enjoyed a successful summer getting stronger for his final campaign ... earned his engineering last March and currently is in enrolled in graduate school.
JUNIOR YEAR (1999-2000): Enjoyed best season as a Blazer by appearing in all 28 games and started in 14 ... had best game of career against Texas-Pan American (Dec. 1) with career bests for points (25), rebounds (14), steals (3) and a career-high tying three assists ... added 14 points at Southern Miss (Jan. 19) and 11 points at Marquette (Mar. 1) ... led the squad in blocks with 30 ... added some long-range pop by converting 11-of-26 3-point shot attempts.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (1998-99): Nikolic played in 22 games and averaged just over eight minutes a game ? had a breakout performance against Texas-Arlington (Dec. 1), recording season highs with 18 points (all in the second half, including 2-3 from three-point range), five rebounds, and his first collegiate assist ? had nine blocked shots ? was a surprising perimeter shooting threat (6-16, .375).
REDSHIRT YEAR (1997-98): Saw limited action, playing in five games (averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game) ? received a medical redshirt because of a chronic soreness in his right leg (resulting from a muscle tear above the knee) ? did not see action following the Florida game (Dec. 27) because of recurring soreness in his right knee ? Nikolic played well versus Florida (his first action since the Purdue game on Nov. 26), scoring three points on a nifty three-point play, and grabbing two rebounds in three minutes ? also saw action vs. Indiana (Nov. 20), Cleveland State (Nov. 17) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 14).
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds, and three blocked shots (averaging 19 minutes played per game) as a freshman at Garden City Community College (1996-97)?his team had a 19-11 record and reached the Kansas Region 6 semifinals, finishing third.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended high school at The Gymnasium of Mathematics in the Belgrade suburb of Zemun, where he played for Coach Aleksandar Dzikic.
PERSONAL: Son of Olivera and Ljubisa Nikolic ? an engineering major ? name is pronounced EEE-gor NICKLE-itch ? a brilliant student in UAB?s School of Engineering, Nikolic earned a Conference USA Academic Medal in each of the last two school years ? selected UAB School of Engineering?s 1999 Undergraduate Student of the Year.