Perennial Bulgarian champion Lukoil Academic added one of the best young forwards in the country to its roster by signing Hristo Nikolov to a two-year contract. Nikolov (199, 23) arrives from rival CSKA Interlogic Sofia, where he averaged 14 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 45 Bulgarian League contests last season. "Hristo Nikolov is a very talented player and we are really happy to have him in our team," general manager Sasho Vezenkov said of the move. "He has a great potential and we hope and believe that he will show it in Lukoil Academic." Nikolov becomes the first new player at the club ahead of the upcoming season.