The Maccabi Bazan Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced today they have signed guard Amir Celestin to a three-year contract. Celestin becomes the second Call-Up from Haifa’s official developmental team affiliate the Miami Midnites. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Celestin, 25, appeared in 10 games in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) for the Miami Midnites, posting averages of 15.4 points on 40.0 percent shooting (18-of-45) from three-point land, 5.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was awarded FBA Final MVP on August 16 after helping guide the Midnites to back-to-back FBA championships, tallying 39 points on 11-of-18 from the field (7-of-10 from beyond the arc), 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 39 minutes.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard played in 25 games for the Midnites in the American Basketball Association during the 2014-15 season and averaged 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 32 minutes per game.
“Amir flourished under the tutelage of the Miami Midnites’ program and coaching staff,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “We believe he’ll continue to progress and his skill set as a guard will be an asset to our Maccabi Haifa team.”
“Amir is a player with potential, who developed with the Miami Midnites,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa head coach Rami Hadar. “We believe that he will continue his progress with Maccabi Haifa.”
A native of Miami, Florida, Celestin played his collegiate ball at NCAA Division I Campbell University from 2008-2012. As a junior, he averaged 7.2 points and 2.5 assists (14th in the A-Sun) in 30 games (17 starts).
“I feel extremely blessed to have such an opportunity to play for such a prestigious organization as Maccabi Haifa,” said Celestin. “I appreciate my time with the Miami Midnites as I was able to develop my game and take it to the next level.”
At Miami Norland Senior High School, Celestin was awarded first-team all-state and MVP of the 2008 Florida 6-A state championship game. He finished his senior year with averages of 10.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, while connecting on 47 percent of his three-point field goal attempts and was named to the All-Dade County team and selected to participate in the Miami-Dade All-Star games against the Broward County and Palm Beach County all-stars.