Barcelona, Kuric pen pact through 2023

Jul 07, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print
Barcelona, Kuric pen pact through 2023

FC Barcelona reached an agreement with Kyle Kuric to keep the sharpshooter at the team through the end of the 2022-23 season, the club announced Tuesday. Kuric (1.93 meters, 30 years old) averaged 9.4 points on 44.3% three-point shooting and 89.2% free throw accuracy in 27 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season. In his two seasons with Barcelona, Kuric won the 2019 Spanish Copa del Rey title and reached the Spanish League finals twice. Kuric also helped Barcelona advance to the EuroLeague Playoffs in 2019 before losing in five games against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Barcelona had mathematically qualified for the playoffs in 2020 before the competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kuric joined Barcelona from Zenit St Petersburg, where he was chosen as the 2017-18 EuroCup Top 16 MVP after he averaged 22.5 points on 57.1% three-point shooting (24-of-42) in that phase. Kuric was also chosen to the All-EuroCup Second Team for the second time in his career - having previously achieved that honor with Herbalife Gran Canaria during the 2014-15 season. Kuric led Gran Canaria to the 2015 EuroCup Finals, but his next season was interrupted when doctors discovered he had a brain tumor. After three surgeries, Kuric fought back from the life-threatening situation to return to Gran Canaria at the end of the season and was as good as ever. He started his professional basketball career with Estudiantes Madrid before joining Gran Canaria in 2014 and moving to Zenit in 2017. Kuric also helped the University of Louisville reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2012.