CSKA, Vorontsevich split ways after 14 years

Jul 01, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print
CSKA, Vorontsevich split ways after 14 years

CSKA Moscow announced that Andrey Vorontsevich will not return to the team next season after 14 years of mutual collaboration. Vorontsevich (2.07 meters, 32 years old) joined CSKA in 2006 from Lokomotiv Novosibirsk and has been wearing its red uniform ever since. He helped CSKA win EuroLeague titles in 2008, 2016 and 2019 plus 13 Russian League titles and 10 VTB United League crowns. Vorontsevich also lifted the Russian Cup with CSKA in 2010 and helped the team reach EuroLeague championship games in 2007, 2009 and 2012.

Vorontsevich took part in nine EuroLeague Final Fours with CSKA, tying with Theo Papaloukas for the second-most appearances, behind only former teammate Victor Khryapa (12). He ranks 12th all-time in EuroLeague appearances (274), which leads all Russian-born players. Vorontsevich amassed 1,535 points (5.6 ppg.) and 847 rebounds (3.1 rpg.) in 14 EuroLeague seasons with CSKA. He also helped the Russian national team to a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2011. Vorontsevich has worn CSKA's jersey more times than any other player, 696 times, ranking third overall in total points (4,169) and second in rebounds (2,416).

"Thank you to the club, management, coaching staff, fans, everyone who gave their souls to the club, who shared all the wins and losses with us!" Vorontsevich said. "I am proud that I played 14 years for CSKA! Life goes on! It’s time to reach new heights!"

"It was not an easy decision, we had to think for a long time. For every one of us, it is difficult to imagine Vorontsevich in another team’s uniform because he became a symbol of CSKA after all these years. Here, the kid from Omsk has become one of the most recognizable and successful players in Russian basketball," CSKA president Andrey Vatutin said. "For us, the time has come to give a chance to our young players, the ones who may use the reserve role to jump-start their pro careers. To Andrey, thank you very much for the games you played, for your dedication, loyalty to CSKA and our fans. CSKA is your home forever."