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Have ambition, will travel… and it certainly applies to former Jazz and Bucks forward Joel Bolomboy in terms of his basketball career.
The big man is heading to Russia to play next season, joining perennial EuroLeague power CSKA Moscow, according to a press release.
The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Bolomboy played six games last season for the Bucks, averaging 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.3 minutes, shooting 50.0 percent from both the field and the free-throw line.
The Ukranian-born Bolomboy is excited to be playing overseas for the first time in his career. CSKA Moscow’s interest in Bolomboy was first reported by Sportando back in April.
“I’m very excited to join CSKA,” Bolomboy said in a statement. “Growing up as a kid it was always a dream to play for the NBA or also the great CSKA Moscow because of my family history. Now I will finally have a chance to do so. It means a lot to me because my mother is from Russia and we have roots here.
“I look forward to this experience, learning a lot and growing as a young player on and off the court and to this new journey in my career.”
Bolomboy was the 52nd overall pick by the Jazz out of Weber State in 2016 and in addition to playing 24 games for Utah’s G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars, he appeared in a dozen games as a rookie. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 boards in 4.4 minutes, shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from the line.
After being waived by Utah in October, Bolomboy signed a two-way deal with the Bucks, being cut in January.
His G League numbers have been solid. Playing for Salt Lake City and Wisconsin, Bolomboybaveraged 16.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, shooting 55.3 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from deep and 74.4 percent from the free-throw line.