CSKA signs Terence Morris, Sasha Kaun


CSKA signs Terence Morris, Sasha Kaun
Morris now at CSKA
23-06-2008 13:49

CSKA Moscow revamped its frontcourt ahead of the upcoming season with the signing of All-Euroleague big man Terence Morris and promising rookie center Alexander "Sasha" Kaun. Less than 24 hours after the club’s center of the last four seasons, David Andersen, left, the defending champs announced three-year deals with both players. Morris (207, 29) arrives from Maccabi Tel Aviv, with whom he reached the Euroleague title game last season only to lose to CSKA. Meanwhile Kaun (211, 23) comes from the University of Kansas, where he won the NCAA basketball championship with the Jayhawks in April.
 
Morris had a stellar debut season in the Euroleague with Maccabi, quickly going from a role player to dominant force on the team. He averaged 12.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25 Euroleague games, leading the competition in blocks and finishing second in rebounding. He was a truly efficient player, making 60.8% of his two-point shots and 49.2% from downtown. Morris dominated during a 10-game span at the end of the regular season and into the Top 16, when he recorded 14.2 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He was named Euroleague Basketball MVP for the month of January for his efforts and in addition to being an All-Euroleague First Team selection, finished as runner-up in the voting for the Best Defender Trophy. Before arriving at Maccabi, Morris played in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem, in Greece for Apollon Patras and in the NBA for Houston and Orlando.
 
Kaun, a native of Russia, traveled to the United States at age 16 to study at the Florida Air Academy. Only there did he shoot up in height and take on basketball, eventually earning a scholarship to Kansas. With the Jayhawks, Kaun was best known for his defensive presence. In his senior season last year, Kaun averaged 7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots over 18 minutes in 40 games – six of which he was in the starting lineup.

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