Saturday, August 29, 2015

Rodney Green heading to Israel

Former La Salle star Rodney Green has signed a contract with Israeli Premier League team Galil Gilboa.

Rodney Green heading to Israel

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Rodney Green has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Israel. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Rodney Green has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Israel. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Former La Salle star Rodney Green has signed a contract with Israeli Premier League team Galil Gilboa.

Israel's league is one of the better ones in Europe, and Galil Gilboa won last season's championship. So Green will get to play in the Euroleague (akin to soccer's Champions League) this coming season. That's pretty good.

Galil Gilboa is based in the city of Gan Ner, in the northeastern part of Israel. The team's roster has a few other Americans on it. The most prominent ones former Gonzaga guard Jeremy Pargo, former Illinois guard Brian Randle and former Boston Celtics guard Tony Gaffney, who played college basketball at UMass.

There is a little bit more information about the team on Eurobasket.com. The team's official website is here, but it's in Hebrew without vowels. As I haven't tried reading that form of the language since I was 13, I'll leave it up to you.

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UPDATE: Blog reader Nathan Marinoff sent over a translation of the team's press release announcing the signing: 

Gilboa/Galil signed its first foreign player today for the 2010/2011 season. Rodney Green (22, 1.96 meters tall), a tall and athletic guard who played for four years at La Salle University. Green joins the Israel players who have already signed (contracts): Johnny Yisraeli, Ido Kozikaro, Anton Kozirnovsky and the Captain, Avishai Gordon will each continue for another season and officially sign in the coming days.

The player (Green), a native of Philadelphia, averaged 18.5 points, as 5.2 and 4.4 assists per game. The player is actually a versatile "combo-guard" that can play in three positions, owns a quick first step, make good on court decisions and feature as a scorer.

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