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CSKA Moscow: Big guard Ponkrashov returns
As promised, CSKA Moscow continued to build a home-grown roster by announcing the return of point guard Anton Ponkrashov for the 2009-10 season. Ponkrashov (200, 23) was on loan from CSKA to BC Khimki for the last two seasons, going as far as the Eurocup title game last spring, where his team finished runner-up. Over 13 Eurocup games, Ponkrashov averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18 minutes for Khimki. Ponkrashov started his career in his native St. Petersburg before playing for CSKA in 2006-07, winning both the Russian League and Russian Cup. He averaged 3.5 points in 22 Euroleague games, including the season finale, which CSKA lost by two points to host Panathinaikos. One of the tallest point guards anywhere, Ponkrashov has enjoyed international success as European champion with the Russian national team in 2007.
"I am very glad that Anton is back to CSKA," Evgeny Pashutin, CSKA Moscow head coach, said. "I consider him one of the most promising players in Russian basketball. In two years on loan Ponkrashov matured, became more experienced. Now he has a chance to prove that he has grown up as a player and to show himself on the European level with our team."
"I wanted to get back to CSKA badly," Ponkrashov said. "First of all, because Evgeny Pashutin is a head coach of the team, and I won the under-20 European Championship with him at the helm of Team Russia. A very interesting team is being gathered at CSKA and it is interesting for me to join it, to help it win – and we don't have any goal except to win."
Monday, June 22, 2009
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