“One of the most naturally gifted offensive players” – Who are you Hapoel Tel Aviv swingman Jordan McRae?

Oct 22, 2022 | Holyland Hoops

Jordan McRae joined Hapoel Tel Aviv after an injury to James Young and will be counted on to provide offensive help along with defensive prowess for the Reds as they compete in both the Israel League and the EuroCup. The 31-year old swingman made this debut in the club’s EuroCup 76-59 victory over London Lions after having arrived in Israel with a resume that includes time in the NBA, the G-League, Australia, China and Europe. In fact, McRae was teammates with Hapoel forward Tomer Ginat last season with Metropolitans in France.

Now McRae will have the opportunity to pick up his first piece of hardware in the Holy Land when Hapoel and Maccabi tip-off in the WINNER Cup Derby Final in Hadera on Sunday at 7pm.

The Savannah, Georgia native attended the University of Tennessee and was named to the All-SEC First Team in both 2013 and 2014 before being selected 58th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. McRae’s professional career began with Melbourne United in Australia and then moved back to the United States where he played for a variety of NBA teams incvlkusing the Suns, Wizards, Cavaliers, Nuggets and Pistons.

Last year, McRae was in France with Ginat and scored 14.2 points, grabbed 2.4 rebounds and dished out 2.2 assists in French league play while he added 13.1 points and 3.1 assists in the EuroCup.

To get to know McRae, The Sports Rabbi spoke to a number of his former teammates to understand just what type of talent Hapoel Tel Aviv brought on board.

Tennessee teammates:
John Fields: Jordan is an amazing talent. One of the best players that I had the pleasure of ever playing with. He is a great shooting marksman, incredible playmaker and his athleticism in the open court is second to none! Get your popcorn ready it’s gonna be a show!

Brian Williams: As a freshman in college he didn’t play much because he had upperclassmen ahead of him… but I can tell you this, he was the best player talent wise on the roster… he worked hard and earned everything he’s accomplished…. I’ve know many players who played with Hapoel Tel Aviv throughout the years, but I think this guy might be the best one yet… y’all got a star.

D’Montre Edwards: Jordan and I are like brothers. He’s a really great player on offense and defense and an even better teammate. Hapoel got a really good player and the fans will love him. Be ready for a break out season from him

Melvin Goins: Jordan McRae is a great guy, family man. A ball of energy, he lights up the room when he walks in. Very funny and cool to be around. Great basketball player with High IQ level that matches his skill set.

Cameron Tatum: A few things I can say about Jordan is that he is a hard worker, truly loves the game and is a certified bucket. Good lockerroom guy as well.

G-League teammates:
Ty Greene: Jordan is one of my favorite teammates I have ever played with. He is as complete of an offensive player as I have seen. Can score, pass and dribble at an elite level. He is going to be a great asset to the team as a player. He will be a fan favorite with his passion for the game.

Darel Poirier: His game is one of the greatest I’ve seen in terms of scoring the ball, Jordan is also a great leader while on the court. When we were playing in Capital City, he was always one of the most joyful guys. A really fun teammate, even though sometimes he talks too much lol!

John Bohannon: He’s one of the most talented offensive players I’ve played with or against. Will hurt you on all 3 levels and can pass as well. Off the court he’s a great guy and family man.

Lavoy Allen: The best scorer of any teammate that I have had the honor to play with. Good leader and teammate.

Metropolitans teammates:
Keith Hornsby: Jordan is a special guy, and one of my favorite teammates of recent memory. He was simply a joy to be around off the court, and easily one of the funniest guys many will encounter. He’s one of the most naturally gifted offensive players I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of him, because I’ve been playing against him since 2011. One of his most underrated abilities, however, is his passing. Now that it appears he’s fully healthy, I think he’ll take the Winner League by storm and will be a tremendous asset to Hapoel.

Tomer Ginat: Jordan is a great player and I enjoyed playing with him in France. He’s a talent that doesn’t come to Israel just everyday. I hope that we can reach the highest of heights together.

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