Sporting Heroes for 60 Years: No 35. Doron Shefer

Shefer's career is full of surprising twists and turns.

Doron Shefer (photo credit: Courtesy)
Doron Shefer
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The first and perhaps brightest moment in Doron Shefer's legendry career came in 1992/1993 when he led Hapoel Galil Elyon to its only championship, ending Maccabi Tel Aviv's 23 year run. Shefer then left Galil Elyon and played for the Connecticut Huskies for three seasons. He was the first Israeli player to be selected in the NBA draft in 1996, selected by the Los Angels Clippers with the 36th pick. The Clippers wouldn't guarantee Shefer a contract and the player was lured back to Israel by Maccabi Tel Aviv. After winning four championships and three cups with Maccabi, Shefer shocked Israeli basketball and retired at the age of 28. Shefer traveled the world after his retirement and during his time away also recovered from a serious illness. The Israeli guard returned to Maccabi after two and a half years in retirement, but spent most of the season on the team's bench. After six months with Maccabi, Shefer decided to leave the yellow-and-blue for rivals Hapoel Jerusalem where he won the ULEBCup. Shefer only made his debut for Hapoel midway through the season after going missing for the first four months of the campaign. He would end up only playing five games for Hapoel after breaking his hand, and left the team in April 2006. Shefer is now back at Kfar Blum, returning to the Galil last summer, and despite not playing a major role in the team is enjoying his basketball. Tomorrow: The woman who put female basketball on the map