CSKA signs Siskauskas away from Greens

Jul 03, 2007 by Euroleague.net Print
Ramunas Siskauskas CSKA Moscow made official the signing of Ramunas Siskauskas for two seasons on Tuesday. Siskauskas (198, 28) arrives from Euroleague champion Panathinaikos, with whom he defeated CSKA in the title game at the Final Four in Athens last May. The Lithuanian swingman helped the Greens to the title with team-highs of 20 points and 5 assists that night. He averaged 10.9 points on 47.1% shooting from beyond the arc in 20 Euroleague appearances last season on his way to being named to the All-Euroleague second team. He was also Euroleague MVP for the month in April of last season. Among Siskauskas's other career highlights were winning an Olympic bronze medal in Sydney 2000 and a gold medal at the 2003 European championships in Sweden. Siskauskas previously played for Benetton Treviso, where he won the Italian Cup in 2005 – with his new CSKA coach Ettore Messina – and the Italian championship in 2006; Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, where he won the Lithuanian championship in 2000 and 2002 and the NEBL crown in 2002; and Sakalai. Siskauskas also won the Greek Cup and national championship last season with Panathinaikos.

“Siskauskas is one of the best, if not the best, small forward in Europe” CSKA senior vice president Andrei Vatutin said in a statement. “We are excited we have the opportunity to sign the contract with the player. Despite the fact he had a chance to win a lot with the Lithuanian national team and different clubs, he is motivated player. He has experience and I am sure such an intelligent player as Ramunas will easily join our team. He knows our head coach Ettore Messina from the time both spent in Benetton.”

“I am happy I have the opportunity to play for CSKA” Siskauskas said. “I want to try to win with another team. We have good players on the roster and I know the coaching staff very well.”

Siskauskas joins point guard Nikos Zisis and power forward Marcus Goree as CSKA's main signings so far this summer.