Zenit St. Petersburg signed forward Mateusz Ponitka to a two-year contract, the club announced on Thursday. Ponitka (1.98 meters, 25 years old) arrives from fellow Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, where he averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 18 games in the 7DAYS EuroCup last season. He has two years of EuroLeague experience under his belt; he debuted in Europe’s premier competition as a teenager with Asseco Prokom Gdynia of his native Poland in 2012 and later played for Stelmet Zielona Gora in the 2015-16 campaign. Later that season, Ponitka led Zielona Gora to the EuroCup Quarterfinals and was named the EuroCup Rising Star and to the All-EuroCup Second Team. Ponitka has also played for Ostend in Belgium, Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkey and Iberostar Tenerife in Spain. He’s a member of the Polish national team, too.