Pashutin - We Can Win In Europe

28 May 2005

Russia U20 head coach Eugeni Pashutin is convinced his side can claim the U20 European championship on home soil this summer.

Nikita Kourbanov (RUS) had 27 points and 20 rebounds against Georgia
Nikita Kourbanov was the top scorer of the U18 European Championship 2004
Pashutin has named a 21-man squad for the tournament which will be spearheaded by Dallas Mavericks centre Pavel Podkolzin.

"Pavel Podkolzin has confirmed his desire to play for the U20 Youth Team of Russia and the matter is only to discuss (with Dallas) the date of his arrival to the Russian Team," Pashutin said.

"Our squad allows us to think about taking first place.

"There are a group of talented players in the squad who have played well in the Superleague. These young players will be the basis of the national team of Russia soon."

At a press conference to promote the championships, which will be held in Chekov in the Moscow region, Basketball Federation of Russia president Sergei Chernov confirmed that Russia are aiming to host senior tournaments in the near future.

Our squad allows us to think about taking first place
Eugeni Pashutin
"We have no problems with the organisation of the Championship," he said.

"This is only the first step as we plan to hold the Men's and Women's European or World Championships in Russia."

The squad is: Andrei Komarovsky, Eugeni Kolesnikov, Nikita Shabalkin, Dmitri Peresypkin (all CSK VVS Samara), Vasili Zavoruev, Nikita Kurbanov, Artur Urazmanov, Igor Tkachenko (all CSKA Moscow), Dmitri Sokolov, Andrei Babichev, Eugeni Voronov (all Lokomotiv-Rostov), Pavel Podkolzin (Dallas Mavericks), Egor Vyaltsev (Ural-Great Perm), Anton Ponkrashov (Spartak
Sankt-Petersburg), Anton Dudukin, Mikhail Kautin (both Avtodor Saratov), Vitali Fridzon (Khimki Moscow Region), Alexei Zhukanenko (UNICS Kazan), Dramir Zibirov (Dinamo Sankt-Petersburg), Alexander Kaun (Tomsk Sport School), Timofey Mozgov (LenVO Sankt-Petersburg).

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