The Maccabi Hunter Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced today that they have signed center Jarrid Famous through the 2016-17 season and have released center/ power forward Evan Ravenel. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Famous, 28, joined Maccabi Hunter Haifa during the team’s NBA tour against the Sacramento Kings on October 10, posting 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 21 minutes.
“I believe Jarrid is the right fit for the team,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Offer Rahimi. “He will help us defensively and with rebounding. He impressed our staff during the NBA trip and we look forward to him bringing his skillset to the team.”
The 6-foot-11, 240-pound center most recently played in Venezuela’s top division for Bucaneros de La Guaira, guiding them to a Finals appearance. In 23 games for Bucaneros, Famous posted 12.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 23.8 minutes.
Prior to Venezuela, Famous appeared in five preseason games with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2015-16 NBA preseason. After being waived by Dallas, he signed with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, tallying 11.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in 7 games, before moving to play for Hekmeh of the Lebanese League, appearing in seven games with the team while averaging a double-double on 18.9 points and 14.3 rebounds along with 1.3 blocks. During the summer of 2015, Famous appeared in 9 games for Globalport in the Philippines, posting outstanding averages of 30.2 points, 23.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.
In 2014-15, Famous tallied 18.1 points, 14.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 17 games for the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. He started the season with the D-League’s Iowa Energy, registering 12.4 points, 15.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10 games.
A native of the Bronx, New York, Famous, spent two years at the University of South Florida. He holds American and Lebanese citizenship, having played for the Lebanese national team in 2012.