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Alex Poythress to join Russian Pro Team

Alex Poythress is headed to Russia. The former Cat is expected to sign with Zenit St. Petersburg, which competes in the VTB United League and Euro League. He most recently played with Turkish club Galatasaray, averaging 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Home of Glory was first to report the news.

Other (somewhat) familiar names on Zenit include Austin Hollins (Minnesota), Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame), Will Thomas (George Mason), Colton Iverson (Minnesota, Colorado State), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), and KC Rivers (Clemson). Zenit plays in Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg, which hold 7,000 fans. Here’s what it looks like with fans in the stands:

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Their mascots are Lev Dvushkin and Petr Treshkin, who “work in pairs, constantly support each other, get along well with fans of all ages and are always ready to take pictures with fans of blue-white-blue.” They even do Ls Down.

Go get ’em, Alex.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Alex Poythress to join Russian Pro Team



  1. mashburnfan1
    11:19 am July 6, 2020 Permalink

    POY seemed to have the perfect basketball body, especially college basketball, but for whatever reason just never blossomed into the star I thought he would be.



    • bkeith75
      3:19 pm July 6, 2020 Permalink

      Multiple knee surgeries is one reason he had a hard time living up to his recruiting ranking. He was an outstanding student that graduated early. He can go pro in something else when his basketball career is over.



  2. Rabbi Li
    6:19 pm July 6, 2020 Permalink

    This makes sense. He’s not a capitalist player. His game fits the socialism mold.

    Only do enough to get your monthly check. No need to do any more.



  3. satcheluk
    8:10 am July 7, 2020 Permalink

    I wonder how he’s going to get there. My godson attends uni and works in St Petersburg and he is stuck in Tokyo waiting for them to open their borders to foreigners.