Jewish Journal

Israeli hooper first round bound in NBA Draft

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 25, 2009 | 5:41 pm

This evening Omri Casspi, a sabra who starred last year for Maccabi Tel Aviv, the only Israeli basketball team to play in the Euroleague, is expected to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft. If so, Casspi will become the first Israeli ever taken in the NBA’s first round and would join Jordan Farmar as one of only two Jews in the league.

“It’s like a dream come true. It’s huge for me to accomplish one of my biggest goals of my career — to play in the NBA, to be the first one from my country and to feel like I am representing something,” Casspi, 21, told USA Today.

More on his NBA potential here.

Casspi may have only averaged 8.8 points per game, which is, coincidentally, exactly what I averaged in my just-ended rec season with Four Gs and a Jew, but he looks like a leaper with a bit of NBA upside.

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