Few Turkish Airlines EuroLeague fans knew of Cory Higgins when he joined CSKA Moscow as a fifth-year pro from Royal Hali Gaziantep of Turkey in 2015. But Higgins proved a talisman for his new team and the quintessential end-of-the-decade pro as he was an integral part of CSKA making four consecutive Final Fours between 2015 and 2019 – and, of course, winning two of them.
In his first EuroLeague campaign, 2015-16, Higgins was a key ingredient to CSKA taking its sixth EuroLeague title with a thrilling 96-101 overtime victory against Fenerbahce Istanbul. In his first championship game, Higgins had a solid 12 points, 3 assists and a PIR of 14. The best, however, was yet to come, as Higgins continued improving through the end of the decade.
- EuroLeague Champion
- Led the EuroLeague in 3-pts percentage
2015-16 (34-63, 53.97)
After two strong seasons in which CSKA came up short at the Final Four, Higgins played a decisive role to lead the Russian powerhouse to another EuroLeague title in 2019. In that season's championship game against Anadolu Efes Istanbul, he scored 20 points while hitting 4 of 5 three-point shots and 4 of 4 free throws. Higgins has started a new stage of his EuroLeague his career, joining FC Barcelona, with whom he intends to add more hardware to his growing trophy case.