June 4, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball has signed Egor Koulechov, a 6-5 guard/forward from Arizona State, head coach Mike Rhoades announced on Wednesday. The wing will sit out the 2014-15 campaign in accordance with NCAA transfer rules before stepping onto the court as a sophomore in 2015-16.
Rhoades said, "We're really excited about having Egor join our program and basketball family. He'll be a great asset and have a huge impact in building our program. He's a great fit for what we want to do down the road, where he's a versatile player that can score multiple ways and we think he'll come here and be a great leader and teammate for a lot of our young guys. With a year under his belt in the Pac-12 and a year of getting bigger and stronger, we are expecting a huge impact and a great career from him."
The Volgograd, Russia native saw action in 27 games for the Sun Devils as a freshman, including seven starts. Koulechov averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 11-of-33 from downtown.
He scored in double figures twice, including 12 points against College of Charleston and 11 at Utah to accompany eight rebounds. He hauled in a season-best 10 boards (with five points and four assists) at UNLV and earned his first start in the following game.
Koulechov posted 17 multiple-rebound games for head coach Herb Sendek. ASU posted a 21-12 record and earned an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The freshman averaged 14.0 minutes per game and sank 67.9 percent of his free throws on the year.
Koulechov spent two seasons at The Sagemont School in Weston, Fla., but grew up in Israel from the age of seven and spent the recent summers playing for the Israeli national team. In his time with the U-18 national squad, he led the team with 19.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in the 2012 European Championship B Division, including 33 points against the Czech Republic.
In 2013, he notched 12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds for the U-20 squad and led his team with a 93.5 free throw percentage as well as 1.7 steals per game. The team claimed 15th place in the A Division championship. He scored 21 points in consecutive games against Spain and Ukraine and tallied a double-double against Serbia with 16 points and 13 boards.
Koulechov joins recent signees Bishop Mency (Chino Hills, Calif./Chino Hills HS) and Nate Pollard (Bountiful, Utah/Impact Academy) as well as early signees Jordan Reed (Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy HS) and Maurice Rivers (Atlanta, Ga./Columbia HS).
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