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Nate Sestina to begin pro career in Russia, per report

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Sestina spent one season in Lexington.

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Despite the NBA Draft being postponed to the fall, one former Wildcat has decided to start his pro career overseas.

Sportando reports that Nate Sestina has agreed to a deal with Russian team Nizhny Novgorod of the Basketball Champions League and VTB League.

Sestina started his college career at Bucknell, where he earned All-Patriot League honors during the 2018-19 season after averaging 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

As a graduate transfer at Kentucky, last season, Sestina averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting an impressive 40.7% from behind the three-point line.

Among Sestina’s best performances as a Wildcat included a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Eastern Kentucky, a 17-point performance with five-three pointers made against Ohio State, and an 11-point, eight-rebound game while shooting 3/4 from three-point range against LSU.

His new home of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, is located roughly 250 miles from Moscow.

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