Alexander Kaun

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Alexander Kaun
Александр Каун
Sasha Kaun at all-star PBL game 2011 (1).JPG
Kaun at the all-star PBL game in 2011
No. 24 – CSKA Moscow
Position Center
League VTB United League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1985-05-08) May 8, 1985 (age 29)
Tomsk, Russian SFSR, USSR
Nationality Russian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 256 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Florida Air Academy
(Melbourne, Florida)
College Kansas (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–present CSKA Moscow
Career highlights and awards

Alexander "Sasha" Olegovich Kaun (Russian: Александр Олегович Каун, pronounced Kahn, born May 8, 1985) is a Russian professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. He played college basketball in the United States with the University of Kansas for four seasons, including the 2007–2008 national championship team. He was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, with the 56th overall pick. His draft rights were then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for cash considerations.

High school and college career[edit]

In high school at the Florida Air Academy, Kaun averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior and 15.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game as a senior. He led his team to a 23-0 record and to the Florida state championships. During the fall of 2003, he elected to play college basketball for Bill Self at the University of Kansas. Duke and Michigan State also recruited him heavily.

During his freshman season with the Kansas Jayhawks, he played in 27 games, starting twice. In his sophomore season he helped the Jayhawks to an 80-68 win against the Texas Longhorns, which made the Jayhawks the 2006 Big 12 Conference champions. During his senior year, he was the back-up center for the Jayhawks and with them he won the 2008 NCAA Championship. He graduated with a degree in computer science and was selected to the Academic All Big 12 Basketball Team three times, in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Professional career[edit]

Kaun was drafted 56th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He was the final draft pick in Sonics history, before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City. His NBA draft rights were then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He signed a three year contract worth 2,700,000 with the Russian Superleague A club CSKA Moscow in 2008.[1][2] On May 23, 2012, Kaun re-signed his contract with CSKA, staying three more seasons with the team.[3]

Russian national team[edit]

Kaun is also a member of the senior Russian national basketball team.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Led the league

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2008-09 CSKA Moscow 10 0 5.1 .429 .000 .417 1.5 .1 .0 .3 1.1 1.2
2009-10 CSKA Moscow 21 17 22.4 .713 .000 .569 4.6 .6 .4 1.0 9.1 11.5
2011–12 CSKA Moscow 21 4 11.4 .712 .000 .516 2.0 .1 .4 .2 4.3 4.0
2012–13 CSKA Moscow 30 27 20.8 .716 .000 .520 4.0 .5 .4 1.2 8.1 10.8
2013–14 CSKA Moscow 30 16 18.4 .701 .000 .590 3.5 .5 .8 .8 8.4 11.2
Career 113 64 17.2 .706 .000 .547 3.4 .4 .5 .8 7.0 8.8

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2008 NCAA Championship
  • Academic All Big 12 First Team 2005-06, 2006–07
  • Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player 2004-05

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CSKA signs Terence Morris, Sasha Kaun". Euroleague.net. June 22, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Kaun signs with CSKA". Kuathletics.cstv.com. June 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ "CSKA re-signs Alexander Kaun". cskabasket.com. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 

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