Today begins a HUGE week at TGR. We will be talking college basketball all week long. We begin with a story that has been making noise throughout the summer and has finally come to an end. The University of Florida received a commitment from Israeli guard Nimrod Tishman to play for Billy Donovan and company. This move was in large part because of the early departure of Nick Calathes. Calathes entered the draft early but was a low pick. He is now playing in Greece in the Euro-league.
Donovan needed a solid replacement. After all Calathes, a former McDonald's All American, was his leading... everything. So he reached out to Israeli phenom Tishman. Tishman is 6'5 and already has real big game experience. Tishman averaged over 18 ppg, 4 rpg and 2 apg at the Under 18 Euro Championships this summer. He has also played for the club team Maccabi-Tel Aviv while in high school. Donovan is hopefully this will transfer into big time play for the Gators this year.
While Donovan is down playing how much Tishman will contribute this season, I personally believe he is doing that just to encourage his other players. Tishman was clearly brought in to replace Calathes, which is a big void. Also, with the skills of someone like Tishman it will be hard to keep him on the bench. The other guards that the Gators are carrying are Erving Walker, Kenny Boynton and Ray Shipman. Boynton is a good looking freshman who might only be around for one year.
Tishman has been able to practice with the team. Unfortunately, Tishman signed late and there are many hoops to jump through via the NCAA to allow overseas players. Now that all is settled and Tishman can play, expect this Israeli to be a stud on the court. Not to say he will make a huge impact this year, but I expect big things from the 6'5 guard. He can handle the ball and can score at will. Donovan has coached some great guards and Tishman will be added to the list that includes Calathes, Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, and Tony Delk.
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Mazel Tov and B'Hatzlacha (good luck) to Tishman.
And Let Us Say...Amen.-Jeremy Fine