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Ukraine: Kyiv Allow Pecherov To Leave For Season

15 November 2005

BC Kyiv coach Renato Pasquali has given his blessing for Olexsiy Pecherov to try his luck away from the club after admitting he cannot guarantee the talented teenager much playing time this season.

Kyiv are fighting for silverware on both the domestic front and in the EuroCup and Pasquali is still unable to significant minutes on court for the 2.1m center, who was in Ukraine's squad at EuroBasket 2005.

He appeared in just two games last season in the FIBA Europe League as BC Kyiv reached the final of that competition and this year, the Ukrainian champions signed veteran center Ratko Varda, one of the best at the position in Europe.

And because of that, the 19-year-old has now penned a deal with Paris Basket Racing for the remainder of the season.

"I gave Olexiy the right to choose," said Pasquali. "Whether to stay in Kyiv or go abroad.

"However, I stressed he won't have enough time on court to improve."

BC Kyiv do still own Pecherov's contract and next year he will return to Ukraine.

"There is a good possibility I will play for 20 to 25 minutes," Pecherov said. "Therefore, it will be a good chance to improve."

Pecherov travelled to France on Sunday after being granted a visa.

Ukraine did not play well at the EuroBasket, but Pecherov's numbers were good.

In 15 minutes per game, he averaged six points and four rebounds.

Clubs in Serbia & Montenegro, Israel and Poland were also interested in signing Pecherov but he said: "I've chosen Paris Basket, because the French championship is one of the best in Europe."

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