Kaun at the all-star PBL game in 2011
|No. 24 – CSKA Moscow|
|League||VTB United League
May 8, 1985 |
Tomsk, Russian SFSR, USSR
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||256 lb (116 kg)|
|High school||Florida Air Academy
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|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
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.
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. On May 23, 2012, Kaun re-signed his contract with CSKA, staying three more seasons with the team.
Russian national team
Kaun is also a member of the senior Russian national basketball team.
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Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
|Led the league|
Awards and achievements
- 2008 NCAA Championship
- Academic All Big 12 First Team 2005-06, 2006–07
- Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player 2004-05
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sasha Kaun.|
- Alexander Kaun at draftexpress.com
- Alexander Kaun at eurobasket.com
- Alexander Kaun at euroleague.net
- Alexander Kaun at kuathletics.cstv.com
- Alexander Kaun Interview at sport-express.ru (Russian)