Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar bolstered its frontcourt by inking power forward Brian Randle on Saturday. Randle (2.03 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he averaged 12 points on 64.2% two-point shooting, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks in 25 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. He helped Maccabi win the Israeli State Cup and reach the Euroleague playoffs. Randle has played nearly his entire professional career in Israel. He first made a name for himself playing college basketball at the University of Illinois before joining Gilboa Galil. He was voted the Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year after his first season in which he helped Galil reach the league semifinals. In 2010 Randle and Galil captured the Israeli League championship. Randle played the next two seasons with Hapoel Jerusalem, which he helped win the Israeli Cup in 2011. He has also played for Alba Berlin of Germany and Maccabi Haifa Bazan of Israel, with whom he averaged 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in the 2013-14 Eurocup.
"I am honored to be a part of the Lokomotiv Kuban club and family. My
family and I are so appreciative and humbled by this opportunity, and
we look forward to representing the club. Every year is different,
whether there are new players or whether the team stays the same, so
it's hard to say what will happen this year," Randle said. "Lokomotiv Kuban is a club
that has seen success and victory in every level of competition it has
competed in, and I look forward to helping continue this level of play
and hopefully find success along the way. Thank you to Lokomotiv Kuban
management and coach for giving me this opportunity."