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Givens rejoins coach Barak Peleg after three years with Maccabi Ra’anana

The Maccabi Hunter Haifa Israeli professional basketball team today announced that they have signed forward Samme Givens to a two-year contract through the 2019-20 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Givens, 28, spent the past three seasons playing for Maccabi Ra’anana in Israel’s second division under current Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Barak Peleg. He appeared in 29 games for Ra’anana last season and averaged 18.3 points per game while shooting 34.8 percent from three-point range to go along with 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 32.8 minutes per game. Over his three-year career in Ra’anana, Givens compiled averages of 18.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 34.4 minutes.

The 6-foot-6, 228-pound forward was named to the 2018 Israeli National All-Imports Team. During his tenure with Ra’anana, Givens helped guide the team to the 2015-16 Israel National League Semifinals as well as a regular season title during the 2016-17 season. Prior to Ra’anana, Givens played in Germany’s first division for s.Oliver Würzburg where he registered 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 38 games during the 2014-15 season. He has also played professionally in France’s second division and the Dutch Basketball League where he was named 2013 All-Dutch Eredivisie Player of the Year in his professional rookie season.

“We are excited to bring to Haifa a proven impact player like Samme Givens who has been a dominant force for coach Peleg the past several seasons,” said Jeff Rosen, Team Owner, Maccabi Hunter Haifa.

“Samme is a high-class individual with an amazing work ethic,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Barak Peleg. “He played for me the last three years and was my main leader. He has a high basketball IQ, and is a very skilled player. Above everything else, his teammates love him.”

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Givens played his collegiate ball at Drexel University from 2008-2012.