With the situation in Ukraine continuing down the road of uncertainty, along with the cancellation of the Ukrainian Superleague, it was necessary for me to leave Ukraine, and come home to the Washington, D.C. area. Like any other athlete, I only wanted to have a chance to continue to compete, especially with this team, that was beginning to look like we were poised to play our best basketball and make a run at the league championship. Unfortunately, there are things in life that are more important to consider, and in the case of Ukraine, I began to fear for my personal safety. My plans to leave were finalized very quickly, and before I could do too much thinking, I was on a flight across the Atlantic Ocean. I was happy to have a chance to say goodbye to my coaches and my teammates before going home, but I felt that I was stripped of my opportunity to say goodbye to all the fans and supporters of BC Azovmash, who are a huge part of the team’s success.
For the fans, I would just like to say how sad I am that the season has come to such a sudden end. I had a great time playing for you and representing your city! I’m very thankful for your support and the energy that you have shared with us during the games, and the support you all give to us players. To the club, thank you for the opportunity to play for such a well known and respected club as BC Azovmash. I’m lucky to be doing what I love, and its only possible with organizations that are confident in my abilities. I was proud to wear the BC Azovmash jersey!
My heart goes out to all of those living in Ukraine during this delicate time, and I wish that there will be a peaceful resolution soon! I will never forget my time in Mariupol!