The Maccabi hunter Haifa professional basketball team announced today they have signed prospect center Daniel Koperberg to a three-year extension through the 2018-19 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We’re investing in the foundation of our club with a three-year extension of Daniel, who we believe has a very bright future,” Maccabi Hunter Haifa owner Jeff Rosen said.
“Daniel is a talented center and we are very happy that he is staying at home for the next three years,” Greens’ head coach Offer Rahimi said. “I hope that next season he will gather experience and will continue with his progress.”
Koperberg, 18, grew up in Maccabi Haifa’s youth department and is considered the team’s top prospect. The center joined Haifa last season and logged two games in the Winner League against Ashdod and Hapoel Tel Aviv. The U20 National Team head coach, Dan Shamir, added Koperberg to the roster for the European championship, which begins on July 16th in Helsinki, Finland. In a preparation tournament in Israel, Koperberg was named MVP after averaging 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds over three games. In another tournament in Italy, he played in three contests, registering 11.7 points per game.
“After meticulous negotiations, we signed Daniel today, who is considered one of the rising talents in Israeli Basketball,” Arnon Shiran, Maccabi Hunter Haifa vice chairman, said. “Because of his extraordinary skills, several teams in Israel and abroad wanted him, and we are happy that Daniel decided to choose Maccabi Hunter Haifa as his home for the next three years during his military service.”
The 6-foot-9 center played 9 games with the U18 Israeli National Team last summer and helped them promote to Division A, posting averages of 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.