Msurprise movement in Vitoria. In a week of some tranquility and absence of news after the signings of Jayson Granger, Simone Fontecchio, Wade Baldwin and Matt Costello, Sunday morning dawned with unexpected news: the Tonye Jekiri’s farewell, heading to UNICS Kazan. The Russian team itself has been in charge of revealing the signing on their social networks.

Jekiri has thus only fulfilled the first of the two years of contract that he signed last July, when he landed in Vitoria from the French ASVEL Villeurbanne. It is his season with Baskonia, the Nigerian interior has averaged 6.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and a PIR of 9.5 in almost 19 minutes per game, while in the Euroleague his averages have reached 8.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 12.8 PIR credits.

The departure of Jekiri leaves orphaned the position of “five” starter in Dusko Ivanovic’s team, a position that the player had occupied in 23 of the 27 games played in Europe, and in 27 of the 34 he had played in ACB. Jekiri will join in Kazan old acquaintances of the Spanish fans, such as Will Thomas or coach Velimir Perasovic, announced in recent days along with other additions such as Lorenzo Brown (Fenerbahce), Vyacheslav Zaitsev (Zenit) or the veteran Andrey Vorontsevich (Nizhny ).