Maccabi Hunter Haifa, the 2016-17 Israeli Basketball Super League runner-up, announced today they have re-signed forward Will Graves. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The upcoming season will mark Will Graves’ fourth campaign with the Greens. Over the course of his Haifa career, Graves has appeared in 76 games, averaging 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.1 minutes. He has shot 38.6 percent (156-404) from three-point range over that span.
“Willy G has become a symbol of the club and our fans, and his leadership skills will be invaluable this season,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen.
“It is a privilege to coach the same player for four seasons in a row and it’s even a bigger privilege to coach a person like Will,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Offer Rahimi.
“Israel has seem to become a second home for me. More importantly, Haifa as a city, has embraced me with open arms,” Graves said. “I’m proud to continue my fourth season with Maccabi Haifa and it’s time to bring the fans the championship they deserve. I appreciate everyone’s support last year after my injury and now it’s time I pay my respects back to you!! Yalla Maccabi Haifa!”
Graves, 29, appeared in 28 games (7 starts) last season and averaged 11.1 points while shooting 41.5 percent from downtown to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 24.3 minutes. He suffered a season ending wrist injury against Maccabi Tel Aviv on April 20 in Round 28.
The 6-foot-6 forward recorded an Israeli league career-high 34 points this past season against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 66.6 percent (12-18) shooting from the field while snaring 8 rebounds in 32 minutes on February 27 in Round 20.
During the 2015-16 season, Graves played in 27 regular season contests for Maccabi Haifa and averaged 10.7 points while shooting 34.0 percent (46-of-110) from three-point range, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.6 minutes. In five playoff games against Rishon Lezion, Graves averaged 15.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 33.8 minutes.
Prior to Haifa, Graves began the 2014-15 season in Iceland’s top division for Keflavik, appearing in 10 games and averaged 22.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while shooting 34.9 percent (22-of-63) from beyond the arc in 31.1 minutes per game.
A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Graves played his collegiate career at the University of North Carolina from 2007-10, reaching the NCAA Final Four during the 2007-08 season.
The team also announced today the transfer of Amit Simhon’s contract to Hapoel Eilat.
Simhon, 27, appeared in 32 regular season games and averaged 14.0 points on 38.5 percent from the three-point range, along with 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.