Basketball cube CSKA Moscow announced the signing of Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia. Tornike Shengelia. Photo: Alexey Filippov/ RIA Novosti
According to the official website of the club, the 28-year-old 206 cm basketball player signed a contract for a period of three years. Shengelia in the Junior age he started his career in the Spanish “Valencia”, later played in the Belgian League, where he caught the attention of scouts from the National basketball Association.
As a result, the draft of 2012, the Georgian player chose Philadelphia. However, the field two seasons overseas, he failed to gain a foothold in the NBA, and then returned to Europe. The last six years, Shengelia spent in the “the Basque country”, where earned a reputation as one of the best power forwards of the continent.
In the last Euroleague season his average was 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocked shots in 30.4 minutes in the championship of Spain – 15.9 points, 6,1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks in 32 and 2 minutes. In the final tournament of the Spanish League, which ended in late June, “Basque country” won the title, including through the efforts Shengelia, who in six games has marked a 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per 29,0 minutes.
“We’ve watched him for many years and, in the end, made this transfer. I hope that Toko with other players will help us to stay among the strongest teams in European basketball. He’s a versatile player with great desire to fight, and now he is in the age of prosperity. Because officially, says Toko, “welcome” and hope that his attitude and workmanship met our expectations. I know that the fans are excited to see Shengelia in our team. I think they see the attitude of the club to build winning teams and will continue to support us, more to fill the stands if the situation permits,” said CSKA head coach Dimitris itoudis said.
“Happy to join the current Champions of the Euroleague and look forward to the opportunity to play next to amazing basketball players, and under the guidance of a tremendous coaching staff. I hope that together with CSKA we will achieve great success in the Euroleague and VTB League,” said Shengelia.