Maurice Ndour signs with Hapoel Jerusalem, Drew Crawford to Hapoel Holon

2023-08-13T15:07:57+00:00 2023-08-13T17:03:42+00:00.

Nikola Miloradovic

13/Aug/23 15:07

Hapoel has announced the signing of 31-year-old Senegalese forward Maurice Ndour, who previously played for Real Madrid and Valencia

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Hapoel Jerusalem has secured the signing of Maurice Ndour, completing their roster for the current offseason.

The 31-year-old Senegalese forward played with the Japanese team Nagoya Diamond the previous season. He was part of the New York Knicks in 2016/17 and has also had stints in European basketball with clubs like Real Madrid, Valencia, UNICS Kazan, Rytas Vilnius, and Galatasaray.

I’m excited about the opportunity to represent this amazing club. I can’t wait to meet the coaches, the team, and my new teammates. I’m already looking forward to playing in front of all the fans and experiencing their enthusiasm,” Ndour said.

Ndour played 32 games in the NBA, another 32 in the EuroLeague, and 30 in the EuroCup. Last season he averaged 10,3 points and 5,8 rebounds in Japan.

Maurice is exactly what we were looking for to complete the squad. A versatile player who can complement our existing forward line at both the power forward and center positions. He will contribute on both court ends due to his size and versatility. Maurice comes committed, hungry, and ready to contribute based on his rich experience at the highest levels in Europe,” said Hapoel’s head coach, Aleksandar Dzikic.

Oz Blayzer, Gabriel Chachashvili, Or Cornelius, Noam Dovrat, Zach Hankins, Chris Johnson, Khadeen Carrington, Brynton Lamar, Levi Randolph, Speedy Smith, and Yovel Zoosman shape the remaining roster.

Drew Crawford joins Hapoel Holon

Returning to the Basketball Champions League following 25 games played between Gaziantep in 2019-20 and MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in 2016-17, Drew Crawford, son of retired NBA referee Danny Crawford, made his way to Hapoel Holon. Other players heading to the next season under the guidance of head coach Amit Sherf are Netanel Artzi, Ahmad Caver, Shawn Dawson, Yotam Hanochi, C.J. Harris, Niv Misgav, Amine Noua, Amir Shahar, and Justin Smith.

More reinforcements

A couple of Qualifiers outfits signing more players extended to CBet and Telenet Giants Antwerp. The Lithuanian club based in Jonava added 25-year-old Mike Lewis II and 23-year-old Arnas Adomavicius. The Belgian club picked up 22-year-old Salim Kediambiko.

As for a couple of Greek teams directly entering the Regular Season, Peristeri bwin inked 18-year-old Alexis Kamperidis to a three-year contract and PAOK mateco penned 18-year-old Thodoris Skoulariotis to his first professional contract.