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Kenny Gabriel to strengthen Lokomotiv Kuban 15.08.2016

27-year old American forward Kenny Gabriel signed a 2-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban. Last season Kenny played for Karsiyaka. Gabriel averaged 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Turkish championship, in Europleague – 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds, in Eurocup – 12 points and 3.6 renounds.

Kenny Gabriel will play under number 2 in Lokomotiv Kuban in remembrance of his close friend, a basketball player Demontez Stitt who passed away in July 2016.

Fotios Katsikaris, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:

- Kenny Gabriel is a powerful weapon in modern basketball. He is a superathlet with a nice downtown shot; he aggressively plays in offense and defense, and it makes a game dynamic. Moreover, it is important that he like defending and does it smartly, covering a lot of space under the rim. It is a rare combination of skills, which should make Kenny another key player in the team that we are building.

Kenny Gabriel, a forward of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:

- For two seasons in a row, I played vs. Lokomotiv Kuban, and now I’m interested in coming to the club and meeting his famous fans. I want to win, to be effective for partners and make them enjoy basketball. I think as a team we should set a goal to win Eurocup and get to the finale of the United League of VTB. As for me, I will demand stability from game to game from myself – it should bring a result.

Alexey Savrasenko, Managing Director of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:

- Kenny Gabriel is a modern swingman who can be effective both as a small forward and a power forward. I think Loko’s fans noticed his expressive way of playing last season when Kenny came to Krasnodar with Karsiyaka. The rim is his target; he tries to realize every try with a dunk, at the same time, he shoots 2-pointers and 3-pointers stably. We believe that Gabriel will strengthen Loko and become the audience’s favorite player. 



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