11 Kirill Pishchalnikov
Height: 6-8
Weight: 265
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Maykop, Russia
High School: MGGTK AGU
Position: F

While at VCU

Right Out of the Gates: Pishchalnikov was a favorite target for the Black & Gold early on in games, scoring VCU’s first points in 13 of the 34 games last year, which led the team in that category.

Breakthrough Performance: There’s always one game that players can turn back on and say “that was the game it all came together.” For Pishchalnikov, it was December 4, 2008 against Western Michigan. He poured in career highs of 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 14 rebounds.

Knocking ‘Em Down: Of all the players that took over 100 shots last year for the Rams, Pishchalnikov led the way in shooting percentage with a 54% clip, 67-of-124. On seven occasions last year, he made at least four shots in a game and shot over 80% in that same game.

Glass Cleaner: Pishchalnikov was all over the glass last year, grabbing at least six rebounds in 13 games and ranking second on the team with a 4.6 rebounds per game average.

While at Maykop State Technological University

Pishchalnikov Spotlight
VCU's Pishchalnikov has made transition to the American way (Richmond Times Dispatch, Jan. 31, 2009)

Making It Count: Although he was only at Maykop State for one year, Pishchalnikov made it count, leading his team to the conference championship.

KP for MVP: In his one season in Maykop, he led the team in points and rebounds and earned conference MVP accolades for his outstanding year.

The High School Days

National Pride: Pishchalnikov’s talent was evident early on and he transformed that into a spot on the Russian Junior National Team.

Making a World of a Statement: In 2004, Pishchalnikov helped that Russian Junior National Team to a second place finish at the World Championships, where he averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. He was named the best rebounder and best shot blocker of the championships.

The Pishchalnikov File
June 29, 1987
Vitalya and Tatyana
Bogdan (27) and Darya (24)
Sport Management

Getting to know Kirill

Athleticism in the Blood: Pishchalnikov is just one of many athletic stars at the family dinner table as his brother (Bogdan) and sister (Darya) both throw the discus on the international stage. His brother finished sixth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, while his sister won the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

The Apprentice?: Other than his aspirations of playing professional basketball, Pishchalnikov hopes to become a business man one day.

Bam! The Next Emeril: One of Pishchalnikov’s favorite activities outside of basketball includes cooking. His favorite item to make? Russian salad, which includes diced potatoes, vegetables and sometimes meat bound in mayonnaise.

Year GP-GS Min.
31-8 9.8
19-44 .432 0-0 .000 9-24 .375 40-36-76 2.5 50-1 7 26 10 12 47-1.5
34-30 20.7 67-124 .540 0-0 .000 43-67 .642 60-98-158 4.6 102-7 30 36 24 17 177-5.2
65-38 15.5 86-168 .512 0-0 .000 52-91 .571 100-134-234 3.6 152-8 37 62 34 29 224-3.4