New Jewish Jordan Ryan Turell signs in Israel, Roman Sorkin tries his hand at the NBA + all the other transactions

The Israel Basketball League has had a very busy summer with signings galore as players have switched teams, come and gone while the market is just heating up with more action to come.

The biggest and most interesting move for the Jewish community in the United States is without a doubt Ryan Turell’s signing with Nes Ziona. The Yeshiva University product will join Head Coach Amit Sherf’s squad for the upcoming campaign as the Orthodox forward comes to the Holy and after two season’s in the G-League with the Motor City Cruise, the Detroit Pistons farm team. While his numbers were a modest 4.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for the pair of years, big things are expected from the new Jewish Jordan.

Ryan Turell – Photo credit: Yehuda Halickman


The other big story to follow is that of Roman Sorkin who will be looking to make the jump to the NBA from Maccabi Tel Aviv. The big man has steadily progressed over the past few years with the yellow-and-blue but Sorkin will also be turning 28 years of age in August which makes a potential move to the greatest league in the world that much more challenging. Sorkin will be playing with the Golden State Warriors Summer League team and he has been practicing with the club over the past two weeks. However, even if he can score a two-way contract with an NBA team, will that be enough to sway him from leaving Israel where he has some large contracts on the table with both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Roman Sorkin


Player Signings

Forward/Center Jaylen Hoard joins Maccabi Tel Aviv from Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Jaylen Hoard – Photo credit and design: Yehuda Halickman


Swingman Levi Randolph moves to Maccabi Tel Aviv after captaining Hapoel Jerusalem for two years.

Levi Randolph – Photo and graphic: Yehuda Halickman


Forward Jake Cohen did not have his option picked up by Maccabi Tel Aviv and is now a free agent.

Jake Cohen – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Forward Bonzie Colson leaves Maccabi Tel Aviv and joins Fenerbahce.

Bonzie Colson – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman


Big Man Austin Wiley inks a 3-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem after a season with Tofas Bursa in Turkey.

Austin Wiley – Photo credit: BCL


Center Justin Smith signs with Hapoel Jerusalem after a breakout year with Hapoel Holon.

Justin Smith – Photo and Graphic: Yehuda Halickman


Center JaCorey Williams did not have his deal extended by Hapoel Jerusalem.

JaCorey Williams – Photo credit: Yehuds Halickman


Guard Noam Yaacov signs with Hapoel Tel Aviv from Villeurbanne in France.

Noam Yaacov – Photo credit: Yehuda Halickman


Guard Marcus Foster signs with Hapoel Tel Aviv from Rytas Vilnius.

Marcus Foster – Photo credit: BCL


Big man Ben Bentil joins Hapoel Tel Aviv from Japan.

Ben Bentil – Photo credit: Euroleague


Big man Meron Ruina joins Hapoel Tel Aviv from Hapoel Galil Elyon.

Miron Ruina – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Center Idan Zalmanson did not have his deal extended with Hapoel Tel Aviv and is now a free agent.

Idan Zalmanson – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman


Captain and point guard Niv Misgav continues with Hapoel Holon.

Niv Misgav – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Guard Iftach Ziv also joins the purples Hapoel Holon after spending last season in France.

Iftach Ziv- Photo credit and design: Yehuda Halickman


Point guard Gil Beni signs with Hapoel Gilboa Galil after playing with Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Gil Beni – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Forward Lotan Amsalem moves to Hapoel Gilboa Galil from Hapoel Galil Elyon.

Lotan Amsalem – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Forward Yahel Melamed reups with Maccabi Ramat Gan.

Yahel Melamed – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Forward JP Tokoto will not continue with Maccabi Ramat Gan.

JP Tokoto – Photo Credit: Yehuds Halickman


Forward Lucas Goldenberg joins Hapoel Galil E;yon after a season with Hapoel Afula.

Lucas Goldenberg – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Swingman Shacahr Amir moves to Hapoel Galil Elyon from Hapoel Holon.

Shahar Amir – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman


John Meeks signs with Bnei Herzliya.

John Meeks


Guard Eitan Burg continues with Bnei Herzliya.

Ethan Burg – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Guard Omer Ben David joins Bnei Herzliya after a breakout year in the Leumit League.

Omer Ben David – Photo Credit: Leumit League


Guard Yuval Sznajderman heads to Kiryat Ata after a season with Maccabi Ramat Gan.

Yuval Sznajderman – Photo credit: Yehuda Halickman


Forward Yuval Levin joins Kiryat Ata after a season in the Leumit League.

Yuval Levin – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman


Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg signs with Hapoel Haifa after many years abroad.

Forward DeAndre Pinckney joins Hapoel Haifa.

DeAndre Pinckney – Credit: FIBA


Forward Spencer Weisz heads south to Hapoel Beer Sheva after a stellar season with Hapoel Afula.

Spencer Weisz – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

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