Zoosman NBA Draft, Israel tunes up, Weisz signs with HBS, Kraft in Jerusalem- Sports Rabbi Rundown Thursday July 20, 2019

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Sports Rabbi Rundown Thursday July 20, 2019

1) Israeli Yovel Zoosman is a candidate to be selected in this evening’s NBA Draft and has been predicted to go somewhere between 50-60 by the draft experts from ESPN, Draft Express and The Athletic. The Maccabi Tel Aviv youngster took part in Pre-Draft Workouts with Philadelphia 76ers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and one other team which has been rumored to be the New Orleans Pelicans. For a full run down of who Zoosman is and what he did this season check out this comprehensive piece about #50! But before you head over there here is what Zoos had to say when he landed at Ben Gurion airport earlier today:

The experience:
“The practice sessions were very intense and they wanted to see how strong I was both mentally and physically. I’m satisfied with what I was able to do and I did the best that I could this past season. I really would like to play in the NBA.”

Pressure?
“I don’t feel any pressure at all, I’m confident in myself and I did the best that I could. The rest isn’t in my hands. If I am selected I would be very happy and if not then I will have plenty of motivation to continue on.”

The dream:
“It’s every child’s dream. If a team drafts me and they want me to come I will and if they want me to play in Europe I will as well.”

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2) The Under-25 Olympic Israel National Team defeated the Czech Republic 86-67 in a tuneup before the University Games in Napoli, Italy slated to begin July 3rd and run through July 11th. Netanel Artzi led the Blue & White with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Lior Carrera dropped 12 points and Roi Huber added 10 points and 8 assists in the victory that saw 15 players take to the court. Coach Oded Katash’s squad will play the same opponent on Saturday night at the Drive In as they continue their preparations for the group stages of the competition where they will face the same Czech side, Mexico and Australia.

Katash was content with his team’s performance, “I’m happy with what Is saw considering that we have had very little time together so far. I was impressed with Michael Brisker and Roi Huber. I was very, very happy with Lior Carrera’s play.”

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3) Spencer Weisz signed a 2-year deal with Hapoel Beer Sheva after coming into his own this past campaign with Maccabi Ashdod where he averaged 9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game for Brad Greenberg’s squad. Weisz will open his 3rd season in Israel, this time under the tutelage of Rami Hadar who was excited about his new signing, “Spencer is a player that we kept close tabs on this past season and who we wanted. He’s a tough and talented player who is perfect for our system.”

CLICK HERE – The Sports Rabbi show hosted Spencer Weisz just a few weeks ago, so take a listen to one of Israel’s most talented players!

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4) Maccabi Haifa signed two Bnei Yehuda players in Yuval Ashkenazi and Dolev Haziza to 3-year contracts. Ashkenazi scored a number of crucial goals and helped lead his former club to the Israel State Cup.

Hapoel Beer Sheva

5) Hapoel Beer Sheva came to terms on a 2-year deal with keeper Ernestas Setkus who played last season with Hapoel Haifa.

And Finally…
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots was awarded age Genesis Prize in Jerusalem, Israel and was accompanied by many of his players and former stars at the ceremony which featured many celebrities from around the world. Kraft pledged to establish a Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism, BDS, Delegitimization of Israel. “The new foundation I am announcing tonight is a platform to galvanize the global fight against anti-Semitism, uniting all people of good conscience around this goal. My vision is to work to end the violence against Jewish communities. To counter the normalization of anti-Semitic narratives that question Israel’s right to exist, disguised as part of legitimate debate on campuses and in the media. To educate, to inform, and to heal inter-communal relations. In combating the scourge of anti-Semitism, my solemn ambition is to counter all forms of intolerance in the spirit of the ancient Jewish value of tikkun olam – to heal and repair the world.”

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