Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Another high profile player arrives in Israel

After cutting Dwayne Mitchell last week, Maccabi Rishon Lezion made a high profile replacement yesterday, adding Vander Blue to the roster. Blue has played for Marquette during the last three seasons, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in the first two, and leading the team to the Elite Eight last year while being selected Second Team All-Big East. He decided to skip his senior year and go pro, but went undrafted.

He's not the only newcomer - Barak Netanya added a fifth foreigner, Stan Okoye, the 2013 Big South Player Of The Year (playing for VMI), and Hapoel Jerusalem added Wisconsin graduate Mike Bruesewitz, that reached the Sweet Sixteen with the badgers in 2011 and 2012. Bruesewitz will be registered only for European competitions as of now.

The second cut of the season has come upon us as well, and this one doesn't surprise anyone - Maccabi Haifa released Sherwood Brown.Brown hasn't played in an official game for Haifa all season, and therefore will not be counted in the total of foreign players to have played in Israel this season, that currently stands on 52, including Okoye that already made his debut on Sunday, and including Devin Smith that has played only in Europe for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Blue and Bruesewitz will make it 54.

I will continue updating as often as I can, cheers till then, and Go Red Sox!

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