Maccabi Bazan Haifa, the 2013-14 Israeli Basketball Super League runner-up, announced today the team has signed power forward/center Jeff Allen to a two-year contract.
Maccabi Bazan Haifa, the 2013-14 Israeli Basketball Super League runner-up, announced today the team has signed power forward/center Jeff Allen to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are looking forward to having Jeff Allen join Maccabi Bazan Haifa this season,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “Jeff is an agile power forward/center, who runs the floor and has a knack for crashing the boards.”
“Jeff Allen is a warrior and is an extremely passionate and reliable player, having coached him last season in Afula,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa head coach Rami Hadar. “Jeff has proven himself at the highest levels in Israel and I know he’s hungry to perform to help our team win games.”
Allen, 27, played this past season in Israel’s second division for Hapoel Afula, appearing in 34 games and averaged 19.5 points, 13.1 rebounds (first in the league), 1.9 assists, 2.3 steals (fifth in the league), and 1.6 blocks (second in the league) in 30.3 minutes. Allen, who helped guide Afula to the Israeli second division Finals under coach Rami Hadar, was named All-Israeli National League “Center of the Year” and “Defensive Player of the Year” by Eurobasket.com for his excellent season.
The 6-foot-7 power forward/center played in Israel’s first division for Hapoel Tel Aviv during the 2012-13 season before going down with an injury. In 10 games played for Hapoel Tel Aviv, Allen tallied 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16.4 minutes.
Prior to Israel, Allen began his professional overseas career in France ProB for Olympique Antibes in 2011-12, where he averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.3 minutes.
A native of Washington, D.C., Allen played four years at Virginia Tech from 2007-2011, becoming the first player in ACC history to record 1,500 career points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 steals and 150 blocked shots.
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