Played four or more minutes in 20 of his 28 appearances as a sophomore ... Produced a career-high 26 points and six rebounds vs. East Carolina in Freedom Hall, hitting 5-of-7 three pointers ... Scored 20 points at DePaul, doubling his previous scoring high ... Had 10 points and five rebounds against Marquette in Freedom Hall ... Hit all three of this three-point tries at Marquette ... Scored seven points vs. DePaul in Freedom Hall with a perfect shooting performance (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-2 FT) ... Scored seven points against South Alabama ... His name is pronounced SI-mon NAY-de-nov.
Scored a season-high six points against Houston (1-17-01), hitting two-of-five three-point goals ... Scored five points in seven minutes against Loyola before suffering a broken nose (12-18-00) ... Missed the initial three games of the season due to NCAA amatuer status rules. He played three games with his club team in Bulgaria against professionals ... Saw his first action against Connecticut (11-22-00), grabbing three rebounds in six minutes ... Scored his first two points on a pair of free throws at South Alabama.
Averaged 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior at The Berkshire School in Homestead, Fla., which posted a 32-2 record and was the top-ranked Class 1-A team in the state ... One of the top 20 players at the Nike European camp in Barcelona, Spain during the 1999 summer event ... A member of the Bulgaria Under 19 team for two years ... Before signing with the Cardinals, he had been contacted by Georgia, New Mexico, St. John's and Vanderbilt ... Moved to Miami, Fla. in the fall of 1999 and played one season for the Berkshire School there. Four of his teammates signed with Division I schools in 2000 ... Totalled two points, five rebounds and two assists in helping the Purple squad to a 148-144 victory in the Nike Derby Festival Classic all-star game in Freedom Hall (4-30-00). He was also one of four finalists in the slam dunk competition.
Born July 22, 1981 ... Son of Borislav Naydenov ... Has an older and younger brother ... Major is economics ... Personal goal at U of L is "to become the best basketball player I can be, win a national championship and graduate." ... Post-college ambition is to play professional basketball. ... Enjoys watching movies, listening to music and traveling in his spare time ... Few people know this, but he is on pace to graduate in three years ... Chose to attend U of L because "of the great tradition, fan support, the coaching staff and the opportunity to get a good education." ... Best basketball advice given to him was don't ever give up ... Most proud of his mom ... Atanas Kutchkov and Dimitar Dudalov, his former coaches in Bulgaria, had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
Basketball Player: Vince Carter ... NBA Team: Dallas Mavericks ... Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Tiger Woods ... Movies: Gladiator, Baby Boy, Training Day ... TV Shows: Survivor, Sports Center, Blind Date ... Musical Group/Singer: Fabolous, Jay Z, Judakiss ... Foods: lasagna, pizza, chicken wings ... Midnight Snack: chocolate chip cookies and ice cream ... Best Athlete Ever Faced: Ray Allen ... Would most like to meet: Vince Carter