Gustavo Ayon joined Zenit

Mexican center signed a one-year contract
Густаво Айон пополнил состав «Зенита»
Professional career started a bit late for Ayon, at the age of 21 when he started playing for Mexican club Halcones de Halapa. But late start didn't stop Gustavo from becoming one of the most significant players in Europe.

Through playing fo, Spanish and Latin American clubs, Ayon finally came to the NBA in 2011 signing with New Orlean. He spent 4 years in the league and was also noticed with Orlando, Milwaukee and Atlanta. In 135 games he was scoring 4,7 pts and making 4,4 reb on average.

He moved to Europe in 2014 when signed with Real Madrid. In the very first season with the Blancos he won the so-called triple crown winning gold medals in Euroleague, Spanish league and Spanish Cup.

In 5 years with Real Mexican center won Euroleague twice, 4 times won Spanish league, 3 times in Spanish Cup. In 2015 he won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, next year he became MVP of the national cup. The trophy also went to Madrid.

In the last Euroleague season Ayon played 31 games averaging 8,3 pts, 6 reb and 2,9 assists. In the Spanish League our new center was scoring 7,2 pts, making 5,2 reb and 2,3 assists on average in 35 games.

General manager of Zenit Alexander Tserkovny:

– The negotiations were very long and difficult. I'm glad that in the end Gustavo chose Zenit as a place he'll continue his career. I think that nobody has any doubts that in our debut season in Euroleague we need a player like him. The selection process in this off-season is a little bit dragged on because we were chosen to play in Euroleague. But we're approaching this being ready.

Welcome to Zenit, Gustavo!