Forward Anton Astapkovich (28 years old, 202 cm) signed 3-year contract with our club…
Astapkovich moved to Moscow from his native Minsk in 2009 and played for CSKA teams until 2018, including a “golden” season with the main team (in 2015-16 he became the champion of the EuroLeague and VTB League) and a year-long absence on loan to Avtodor (2016-17). For the past four years, Anton has been one of the leaders of Nizhny Novgorod. His 2021-22 season averages are 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals in 19 VTB League games, 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals in 4 FIBA Champions League games.
Andrey Vatutin, PBC CSKA President:
I am glad to welcome our pupils on the main team, we have been closely following their professional growth for several years. Anton and Artem have matured as basketball players and personalities, they have proved themselves in high-level basketball and do not need characteristics - the fans know perfectly well what they are capable of. I am sure the guys are ready to help the team achieve results in the coming years and become an example for a new generation of young players.
Emil Raikovic, CSKA head coach:
I am very satisfied that the Russian base of players in our team is getting stronger. Anton is a player that can bring aggressiveness in both offense and defense. He showed in Nizhny that he can do many things on the court and I hope he will be an important part of our team.
Anton Astapkovich, CSKA forward:
First of all, I want to say thank you to Nizhny Novgorod. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. Thanks to all the coaches, management, all the friends that I made there, the city and the fans. I am also grateful to CSKA, the management, the coach, who contacted me, explained his vision and set a task for me. I understand this task and will act accordingly. Becoming a CSKA player is a huge step forward, a new chapter in my life. I feel trust and I will try to help the club with everything I can, I will give my all. I am looking forward to returning to games and practices, I am looking forward to victories, I hope that we will develop, please everyone with our game and receive love and support from CSKA fans in return.