Ronald Moore To Play in Ukraine

Via twitter this morning Ronald Moore announced to the world his next career destination, the Cherkasky Monkeys.

“Ukraine is another step up for me in my career,” said Moore. “Each year that is my goal, to keep progressing.”

Moore is coming off an incredibly successful third season as a professional. Moore averaged 11.5 points and 6.3 assists in 45 games last season for Albacomp of the Hungarian A Division. His efforts helped bring Albacomp to a Hungarian Cup title and the A Division League Championship, the team’s first Championship since the 99-2000 season.

Moore’s new destination is a member of the Ukraine Superleague. The team finished last season with a 21-18 record in the regular season, seventh overall, before being eliminated in five games, four games to one, in the first round of the playoffs.

Cherkasky is perhaps best known for producing Kyrklo Fesenko, a 7’1″ center who was selected in the second round, 38th overall, of the 2007 NBA Draft. In 135 NBA games, including 7 starts, for the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers, Fesenko averaged 2.3 points and 2 rebounds in 8.2 minutes per game.

Moore stated the quality of players and level of competition in the league were large factors in what drew him to playing for Cherkasky.

Prior to his season in Hungary Moore spent a season in Poland with PGE Turow in the Tauron Basket Liga, Poland’s top league. In 45 games played Moore averaged 21.8 minutes per game with scoring averages of 7.2 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.5 rebounds. Moore and Turow’s season ended in the league semifinals, losing three games to one to Trefl Sopot.

Prior to his season in Poland, Moore began his professional career with in Slovakia, with SPU Nitra. That season Moore led his team in scoring and assists, averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 assists in a team high 48 games. Moore and Nitra won the regular season title with a record of 26-10, but fell in the League Finals three games to two to Levice.

Ronald Moore played for the Saints from 2006-2010. His 1070 points ranks 33rd all-time . He was the key to the Siena offense with his fantastic ability to distribute the ball. He finished his career as the Siena all-time assist leader with 823, and also the MAAC leader (now 2nd) and 23rd all-time in NCAA history.

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