Jewish Duke Star Heads to Israel’s Duke
Jon Scheyer will play hoops for Maccabi Tel Aviv
Jon Scheyer, the Jewish college basketball star who as a senior led Duke to the 2010 NCAA championship, failed to make the cut of several NBA teams (blame for this goes to a post-graduate battle with mononucleosis as well as, perhaps, the additional ailment of not-being-quite-good-enough-for-the-NBA). Instead, as many predicted, he is making for the homeland: He has signed to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The reason this is perfect (and I double-checked this with office Israeli Liel Leibovitz) is that, in Israeli basketball terms, Maccabi Tel Aviv is Duke; or, rather, it is Duke if every other team were Clemson. It has won the Israeli championship 49 times! Including, once, 23 years in a row! It has even won five European championships, including two last decade. So Scheyer should feel right at home playing for a smug, entitled champion.