PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

Mardy Collins signs contract with Lokomotiv14.08.2016

31-year old American forward Mardy Collins (198 sm, 100 kg), who was picked under 29th number in NBA Draft in 2006, signed a 1-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban. Collins spent the last season in Strasbourg, having 8.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in average in the French championships. He got to the finale of Eurocup and was included into the symbolic five of the tournament.

Fotios Katsikaris, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:

- Mardy Collins will be a very important part of our team. I like Mardy because he can play in three positions; he treats nuances of playing very attentively to win a game, perfectly understands a coach’s demands and knows how to use his advantages in various situations in a game. His experience of playing in Europe, especially getting to the finale of Eurocup, and readiness to follow the team’s interest will enable Mardy to become one of key players in our team.

Alexey Savrasenko, Managing Director of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:

- Mardy Collins is a swingman, and his leading skills are obvious. He is ready to take a game in his hands and lead the team; the most important thing is that he knows when he should do this. We need his experience and understanding of a game. And we are glad to see Mardy in Lokofamily.

Mardy Collins, a forward of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

- I’m happy to play in Loko finally! Last season we were almost ready to sign a contract, and now, when it is official, I’m really excited. I followed Loko attentively for several seasons and saw its progress. I’m interested in contributing to the club’s history and help it to stay on the top. I think it gives me new opportunities. My agent in Greece told me that Fotios Katsikaris watched me and he liked my playing – such things make you adapt faster. I believe Loko is doing its transfer campaign well – I played vs. some of new players in the Final Eight of Eurocup last year, when they played for Nizhny Novgorod. I like the three players; it was very difficult to win them, and now it’s interesting to play together. My main goal is to do everything the team needs to win. Last season I participated in the finale of Eurocup, now I want to win it with Lokomotiv.

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