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Maccabi Tel Aviv added a significant piece to its roster for the 2011/12 season
on Sunday, signing a Jewish-American star it had coveted for over a
Jon Scheyer agreed to a two-year contract with the reigning
Euroleague runner-up and will help bolster a squad which will be playing on
three fronts for most of next season, with Maccabi choosing to also enter the
Adriatic League in the coming campaign.
“I’m delighted we managed to sign
Scheyer,” Maccabi coach David Blatt said. “I already wanted him last summer and
I’m very happy that we succeeded in getting him this year.”
23-year-old guard was one of the best collage players in the US in the 2009/10
season, leading Duke University to the NCAA championship in his senior year,
averaging 18.2 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game.
despite being named as a second-team All-American by ESPN, Scheyer was not
selected in the 2010 NBA draft.
He went on to play for the Miami Heat
during the 2010 Summer League, but he had to undergo surgery to repair damage to
his right retina after taking an elbow to his eye during a pre-season
He tried his luck at the Los Angeles Clippers’ training camp in
September, but with his eye not yet fully healed he was waived and in late
February he joined the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the D-League team of the
Houston Rockets. There, he posting 11.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists
per game in the NBDL playoffs while wearing goggles to protect his
“Jon is a very talented, smart and team-orientated player with the
ability to rise to the occasion,” Blatt added. “He’s a real winner and has
proven that everywhere he has played. He plays with a lot of commitment and that
is exactly what we like to see from our players.
He will give us another
dimension by helping our perimeter shooting together with his big heart. Just as
importantly, Jon is a Jew who is coming to Israel and I hope he stays with us
for many years.”