Khimki Moscow Region strengthened its backcourt by signing veteran combo guard Anton Ponkrashov for the remainder of the season, the club announced Wednesday. Ponkrashov (2.00 meters, 34 years old) last played for Zenit St Petersburg, where he averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 22 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season. It will be his second stint with Khimki; Ponkrashov already played for the Russian powerhouse from 2007 to 2009. He helped Khimki reach the EuroCup Championship Game in 2009, which they lost to Rytas Vilnius.
Ponkrashov is a veteran of seven EuroLeague campaigns – four with CSKA Moscow, one with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, and one each with UNICS Kazan and Zenit. Ponkrashov has also played for Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd, Spartak St Petersburg, Krasnie Krylia, and LenVo, the latter of which he began his professional career with in 2002. A long-time member of the Russian national team, Ponkrashov was on the gold-medal-winning squad at EuroBasket 2007. He captured bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and the 2012 Olympic Games, too. Ponkrashov's trophy case includes three Russian League championships, two Russian Cups and two VTB United League crowns. In 107 EuroLeague career games, Ponkrashov has amassed 347 points (3.2 ppg.) and 141 assists (1.3 apg.).