Artsiom Parakhouski

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Artsiom Parakhouski
UNICS Kazan
Position Center
League VTB United League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1987-10-06) October 6, 1987 (age 27)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
Nationality Belorussian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
College College of Southern Idaho (2006–2008)
Radford (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 VEF Rīga
2011–2012 Budivelnik
2012–2013 Olin Edirne
2013–2014 Hapoel Jerusalem
2014–2015 Nizhny Novgorod
2015–present UNICS Kazan
Career highlights and awards

Artsiom "Art" Parakhouski (born October 6, 1987) is a Belorussian professional basketball player who plays for UNICS Kazan of the VTB United League. Standing at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), he plays at the center position.

He finished his American college career in 2010 with the Radford University Highlanders, located in Radford, Virginia.[1] He led NCAA Division I in rebounds in 2009–10 at 13.4 per game.[2] He was named the Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, becoming the fifth multiple player of the year winner in Big South history.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Minsk, Belarus by parents who both coach national Belarusian team sports, Parakhouski grew up playing football (soccer) until age 16.[4][5] He was forced to switch to basketball, a sport he had never even played, when his body grew too large for any realistic football aspirations.[4] After an introduction to the game and lots of practice on fundamentals, he began to play competitively.

Parakhouski was spotted by Ali Ton, then a Binghamton University men's basketball assistant coach, at the Junior European Championships.[4] Seeing his potential, Ton persuaded Parkhouski to first attend a junior college in the United States before enrolling at a major university to progress in basketball and to simultaneously learn English. At College of Southern Idaho, Parakhouski struggled to grasp the language, admitting "It was hard for me. The first five-to-six months I couldn't speak at all. I couldn't understand anyone around me. I was basically in a jungle with nobody."[4]

When Ton became an assistant coach at Radford University, Parakhouski followed him. Under the guidance of head coach Brad Greenberg he developed into a National Basketball Association (NBA) center prospect following his 2009–10 senior season[1][6][7] but was ultimately never drafted.

College career[edit]

Parakhouski spent his first two seasons of his NCAA eligibility at College of Southern Idaho, where in 63 games played he averaged 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds on 60.1% shooting.[8] Parakhouski then spent his final two college seasons as a Radford Highlander.

As a junior in 2008–09, Parakhouski averaged 16.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 53.7% shooting.[9] He led Radford to win the Big South Conference Tournament by scoring 26 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in the championship game.[4] After gaining an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament as the 16th seed, he then scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the #1-seed and eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels and former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough.[10] In March 2009 he was named the Big South Player of the Year.

Parakhouski repeated as the conference player of the year his senior season in 2009–10. He averaged 13.4 rebounds in 31 games played, which led the nation in rebounds per game.[9] He also scored 21.4 points and block 2.1 shots per game.[9] Parakhouski ended his two-year career at Radford having scored 1,195 points, grabbed 783 rebounds and blocked 115 shots.[9] He was the two-time conference player of the year and was also a two-time First Team All Big South selection.

Professional career[edit]

Parakhouski did not get selected in the 2010 NBA Draft; however, he played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League.[11] On August 20, 2010, he signed with Latvian club BK VEF Rīga and won the Latvian Basketball League championship.[12]

On June 24, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with the Russian team Nizhny Novgorod.[13] In 2014–15 season, Nizhny Novgorod ended the competition in the VTB United League after being eliminated by CSKA Moscow with 3–0 in the semifinal series.

On July 5, 2015, he signed a one-year contract with the option of another year with UNICS Kazan.[14]

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

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

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2014–15 Nizhny Novgorod 23 22 25.2 .621 .000 .689 6.7 .8 .7 2.0 13.0 18.5
Career 23 22 25.2 .621 .000 .689 6.7 .8 .7 2.0 13.0 18.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Artsiom Parakhouski". DraftExpress. 2010. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Leaders for Rebounds Per Game (Thru games of Apr 5, 2010)". Mercury News. April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Big South Announces Men's Basketball Annual Awards" (PRESS RELEASE). Big South Conference. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Powers, Scott (2009). "A Journey to (Good) Madness: Artsiom Parakhouski". ESPN the Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Rubin, Raimy (21 January 2010). "Artsiom Parakhouski: The Most Exciting College Basketball Player of 2010". The Sports Nook. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mock 2010 NBA Draft". Draft Express. 2010. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Artsiom Parakhouski: Belarus big man making headlines". InterBasket.net. 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Artsiom Parakhouski player profile". The Draft Review. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Artsiom Parakhouski stats". ESPN. 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Radford Highlanders vs. North Carolina Tar Heels box score — March 19, 2009". ESPN. 19 March 2009. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Schroeder, Scott (2010). "NBA Summer League Rosters – Orlando". Thomson Reuters. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "VEF Riga announced Artsiom Parakhouski". The Hoop. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Artsiom Parakhouski signs a two-year deal with Nizhny Novgorod". Sportando.com. June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Параховский продолжит карьеру в Казани". unics.ru (in Russian). 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 

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