Forward-center Pavel Korobkov (23 years old, 206 cm) signed 3-year contract with our club.
Pavel is a graduate of Lokomotiv-Kuban second team where he won Russian Championship for juniors twice (2010, 2011) and was named the league’s MVP twice (2011, 2012). He spent two seasons in Nizhny Novgorod where in fact started playing adult basketball. Korobkov has become an integral part of the team which was one of the surprises of the past season going all the way to the VTB League final series. In the end of the season the young player started in most games and received significant playing time.
Korobkov’s averages in 2013-14 season: 12 Eurocup games (6 starts), 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.4 blocked shots, 16.6 minutes; 20 VTB League games (15 starts), 9.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 17.5 minutes. Pavel was his team’s best scorer of the final series vs CSKA where he averaged 11.7 points a game.
Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Pavel Korobkov is a talented young player who already showed his potential on high level. He is versatile, can play both 4 and 5. I am sure he will benefit from playing and fighting alongside a good players like Khryapa, Kaun, Vorontsevich and Hines. My assistants scouted him in past season’s VTB League playoff games and he impressed us. I am sure that Pavel will be good addition to our team.
Pavel Korobkov, CSKA forward-center:
I think it’s a dream of every player in Russia and in Europe to play for CSKA and I am happy to get this chance. I’d like to thank Nizhny Novgorod – the club, its management, coaching staff, fans for trust and support, for the chance to show myself on the highest level in past two seasons. I am sincerely sure that everything will be fine with Nizhny, that they will continue to improve. As for me I will try to continue to progress, I will do my best to justify coach’s trust and to help CSKA to win the titles.