Jun 23, 2011

Another Jewish Jordan Coming To Play In Israel

Really? Must every Jewish basketball player that is professional quality be called the "Jewish Jordan"? Is there a shortage of nicknames for Jewish basketball players?

From Ynet:
Former Duke Blue Devils basketball champion Jon Scheyer has signed a two year deal to play in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

As reported on Sportando, “Big signing for Maccabi Tel Aviv who landed former Duke star Jon Scheyer for the next two years. The guard went undrafted in 2010 and has been staying without a team for long time.

"In February he signed for Rio Grande Valley Vipers in NBDL averaging 13.1ppg with 4rpg and 4apg. In his last season at Duke he won the NCAA title averaging 18.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.9apg.”

Scheyer, a 6 ft 5 in shooting guard, had led his high school team to an Illinois state basketball championship as a high school All American and the 2009-10 Blue Devils to a 2010 NCAA Basketball Championship as a college All-American.

Nicknamed the "Jewish Jordan", Scheyer will quickly become one of the most popular Maccabi players and their best chance of winning another EuroLeague Championship
I wish Jon Scheyer much success in his upcoming career, and hope he leads Maccabi Tel Aviv to many championship victories.

What other nicknames, besides "Jewish Jordan", can you come up with for him?


  1. How about "Jewish Jabbar"? How is that for alliteration ?
    Or maybe "the Chamberlain with a Kippah", or "the Israeli Oscar Robertson".
    But maybe "the Shaquille who blesses Shehakol" is the cutest!

  2. Little known story about Jon Scheyer: at his inductment ceremony to the jewish sports hall of fame last year, a story was told of him how at his HS prom, he left his date for a few dances to spend it with a special needs girl who had no date. Bill Goldberg (the wrestler) commented that of anything he heard that night, it was the one which will stick with him longest (from a personal conversation of a witness there)


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