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Vasily Nikolayevich Karasev (Russian: Василий Николаевич Карасев; born April 14, 1971) is a Russian former professional basketball player and coach. He was most recently the head coach of Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Vasily Karasev
Personal information
Born (1971-04-14) April 14, 1971 (age 48)
Leningrad, USSR
NationalityRussian
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1993 / Undrafted
Playing career1990–2009
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Career history
As player:
1990–1992Spartak St. Petersburg
1992–1996CSKA Moscow
1996–1997Efes Pilsen
1997–1998Alba Berlin
1998–2000CSKA Moscow
2000–2001Iraklis Thessaloniki
2001–2002Ural Great Perm
2002–2003Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody
2003–2005Khimki
2005–2006Ural Great Perm
2006–2008Universitet Yugra Surgut
2008–2009Triumph Lyubertsy
As coach:
2010, 2014Russia Under-20
2010–2012Triumph Lyubertsy (assistant)
2012–2018Triumph Lyubertsy / Zenit
2013Russia
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Professional playing careerEdit

For several years, Karasev was the starting point guard of the Russian League club CSKA Moscow, in the EuroLeague. He also led CSKA to the 1996 EuroLeague Final Four, where he was named to the EuroLeague All-Final Four Team. He was selected to the FIBA EuroStars team in the years 1997, 1998, and 1999. He is widely considered to have been one of the best European point guards of the 1990s.

National team playing careerEdit

Karasev was the starting point guard of the senior men's Russian national basketball team, between 1993 and 2003. With Russia's senior national team, Karasev won two EuroBasket medals, the silver medal at the EuroBasket 1993 and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1997. He also won two FIBA World Cup silver medals, one at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, and one at the 1998 FIBA World Championship.

At the 1998 FIBA World Championship, he was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Coaching careerEdit

After he retired from playing professional basketball, Karasev began working as a basketball coach. He became the head coach of Triumph Lyubertsy (later renamed to Zenit St. Petersburg), in 2012.

Personal lifeEdit

Vasily is the father of Sergey Karasev. Sergey has been a senior Russian national basketball team player, and has played with the pro clubs Triumph Lyubertsy, Canton Charge, Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets (NBA), and Zenit Saint Petersburg.

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