I was born in Russia to a Croatian mother and a Ukranian father. They were tragically killed in a car accident when I was 11, so I was taken in by my mother's family in U.S.A. I played high school ball, where I played point and averaged a double double every game with 24 points and 11 assists. I was given a sporting scholarship to play basketball for Duke, but unfortunately 2 days after my debut game (scoring 15 points and 8 assists) I was in a car crash to which a broke my spine and 25 other bones in my body. I was told a would never walk again.