CSKA Moscow keeps Kaun, too

May 23, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
CSKA Moscow keeps Kaun, too
Sasha Kaun - CSKA MoscowCSKA Moscow continued bolstering its frontcourt Wednesday by re-signing center Sasha Kaun to a new three-year contract. Kaun (2.13 meters, 27 years old) has just finished his fourth consecutive Euroleague season with CSKA and is the Euroleague’s all-time career leader in two-point shooting accuracy at 70%.

It will be a pleasure to play three more years in CSKA uniform: I am sure we will win a lot,” Kaun said. “but especially I’d like to get another chance to win the Euroleague title, because I still don’t have one.”

Last season, Kaun averaged 4.3 points and 2 rebounds in 21 Euroleague games while making 71.2% of his two-point shots. Kaun has helped CSKA to make it to the Euroleague title game in 2009 and 2012, also reaching the Final Four in 2010. He has lifted four consecutive Russian League trophies since 2009, as well as winning the Russian Cup in 2010 and the VTB League this season. Kaun also helped University of Kansas to win the NCAA Tournament title in 2008, right before starting his professional career with CSKA. He has also been a member of the Russian national team. Kaun’s signing comes one day after CSKA announced a new contract with his frontcourt mate, power forward Viktor Khryapa, for at least two more seasons.

“In his four years with CSKA, Kaun has become the key player on the court,” CSKA president Andrey Vatutin said. “He showed the desire to improve and he polished his skills even when he was not playing much. Sasha is well-educated, intelligent, friendly person. It is always a pleasure to work with him.”