Last year was truly an amazing year for Jewish college basketball. So many good stories, that it has left us expecting great things. This year does not look as promising, although there are a few bright spots. So we decided to look back at the players who have left the college ranks and find out what those players are up to now.
Nimrod Tishman - We were hoping Tishman would be the next big thing. The young Israeli sensation was a late signee at Florida. A top program and on the heels of Omri Casspi’s big splash in the NBA. Unfortunately, Tishman’s game did not translate too well in the NCAA. He left the Gators and is now playing for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido in Israel. It is the DII division. He is currently scoring 12 ppg.
Jon Jaques - Jaques is best known for helping Cornell with their impressive run in the tournament. Jaques (who we recently interviewed) has also taken his game to Israel. He signed a one-year contract with Ironi Ashkelon. He also writes for Slam Magazine. He seems to be happy and has made Aliyah for the time being.
Derek Glasser - Glasser has also moved on to Israel. He is playing for Maccabi Haifa, which is an up and coming program. Glasser is very excited about his opportunity in Israel.
Brett Harvey - We last saw Harvey leading Loyola University Maryland. After his stellar career he went to the Maccabi Haifa tryouts. He landed on a DII team called Hapoel Marnin Tivon. Harvey should be able to work his way up.
Slyven Landesberg - Landesberg had a tryout with the Sacramento Kings. After that he too signed with Maccabi Haifa. Landesberg should prove to be a solid player in the Israeli League. The toughness and flow of the Israel game could eventually do for Landesberg what it did for Anthony Parker. Don’t be surprised to see Landesberg get another shot.
Jon Scheyer - Scheyer was first signed by the Miami Heat (clearly not their biggest signing). After a tough, freak injury, he caught on with the Clippers. He got cut towards the end of the preseason. Rumors are currently circulating. He may go on to play for the Clippers D-League team but he has also been approached by Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Israel’s top team.
We wish all of these guys the best of luck. For those in Israel, enjoy it. It is amazing that you can make aliyah and play there. Eat a lot. Hone your skills. Enjoy every day there.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
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