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The Maccabi Haifa Professional Basketball Club announced the signing of American swingman James Young for the 2019-20 Season.

Young, 23, played the 2018-19 season for Wisconsin Herd in the NBA G-League. The 6-foot-7 wing averaged nearly 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while shooting over 40% from 3-point range and over 80% from the free-throw line. Young, known for his dynamic skillset, is entering his 6th professional season.


Drafted by the Boston Celtics with the #17 overall pick in the 1st Round of the 2014 NBA Draft, Young has split time between the G-League and the NBA, where he has played almost 100 career games. In addition to his time in Boston, Young has logged NBA minutes for the Philadelphia 76ers and most recently was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks organization.

“James is one of the most talented players we have brought to the city of Haifa,” said Team Owner, Jeffrey Rosen. “He is a natural winner and we look forward to having him join our squad for the upcoming season.”

“James Young can do it all on the basketball court,” said Head Coach, Daniel Seoane. “He has many skills, and he will elevate our team both offensively and defensively.”

Young, a native of Flint, Michigan, was a highly regarded prospect out of high school, being ranked a consensus top-10 high school player in the country. Young played his college ball at the University of Kentucky where, despite playing just 1 season under Coach John Calipari before turning pro, Young was named to the All-SEC 2nd Team, All-SEC Freshman Team, and NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.