The Maccabi Hunter Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced today they have signed center/power forward Evan Ravenel through the 2017-18 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ravenel, 26, appeared in 57 contests last season for Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa in Japan while averaging a double-double on 16.7 points and 10.5 rebounds along with 1.6 assists in 26.7 minutes per game. He was named Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Center of the Year, and helped lift his team to their fourth championship after being awarded FINAL MVP, registering a double-double on 22 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes.
The 6-foot-8 center/power forward appeared in 12 games in Poland during the 2014-15 season for Polpharma Starogard Gdanski and averaged 18.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Prior to Poland, he spent the 2013-14 season in Bulgaria for Rilski Sportist Samokov, where he averaged 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in league games, while tallying 12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in the Eurochallenge.
“We have been following Evan for the last two seasons, and we believe that he has the right skill set to perform well in the Israeli league,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Offer Rahimi.
“Evan is a versatile player who brings toughness to our team, and the ability to do everything well on the court,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Ravenel played his collegiate ball at Boston College (2008-10) and Ohio State (2011-13). During his junior year at Ohio State, Ravenel helped guide his team to a NCAA Final Four appearance.