Unics Kazan signed guard Anton Ponkrashov to a three-year deal on Wednesday. The veteran guard takes the place of Nikos Zisis, who transferred to Fenerbahce Ulker earlier in the week. Ponkrashov (2.00 meters, 28 years old) arrives from fellow Russian club Krasny Oktybar Volgograd, for whom he averaged 8.9 points and 4.8 assists in eight Eurocup games this season. He brings plenty of experience to the Unics backcourt having played in both Eurocup and Euroleague championship games.
Ponkrashov started his career in his native St. Petersburg before joining CSKA Moscow in 2006-07, when he helped the club reach the Euroleague championship game and win both the Russian League and Russian Cup. After that Ponkrashov spent two seasons with Khimki Moscow Region, which he helped win the 2008 Russian Cup and reach the 2009 Eurocup title game. Ponkrashov has since spent two more seasons with CSKA, another in St. Petersburg and split the 2013-14 campaign between Krasnie Krilya Samara and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Ponkrashov is also a regular with the Russian national team. He won a gold medal at EuroBasket 2007 and bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and at the 2012 Olympic Games.