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.
|Born||April 14, 1971|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|NBA draft||1993 / Undrafted|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|1990–1992||Spartak St. Petersburg|
|2001–2002||Ural Great Perm|
|2002–2003||Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody|
|2005–2006||Ural Great Perm|
|2006–2008||Universitet Yugra Surgut|
|2010, 2014||Russia Under-20|
|2010–2012||Triumph Lyubertsy (assistant)|
|2012–2018||Triumph Lyubertsy / Zenit|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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.