Hoopsters Eliyahu and Halperin taken in NBA draft

Israeli stars Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin were selected in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday morning. The 2.06-meter Eliyahu was selected 44th overall by the Orlando Magic before being traded to the Houston Rockets, making him the second Israeli player ever to be picked in the NBA Draft, after guard Doron Sheffer was selected 36th overall by the Clippers in the 1996 draft. Combination guard Yotam Halperin became the third Israeli selected in the draft after he was taken by the Seattle Supersonics with the 53rd overall pick.