Photo Credit: Omri Shtain
Maccabi Bazan Haifa, the 2013-14 Israeli League runner-up, announced today that they have exercised the second year option in the contract of shooting guard Dagan Yivzori for the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It’s great to be a part of a winning organization and we’ll do everything we can to continue our winning ways this season,” said Yivzori. “I’m looking forward to working with coach Rami. I’ve always played against him and I’m excited to finally get a chance to play for him this season. It’s going to be fun and I can’t wait.”
“Dagan Yivzori played an important role last season in our team’s success,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “Dagan is a premier three-point shooter and is nearly unstoppable when he’s feeling it.”
“Dagan is one of the best Israelis playing in the league,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa head coach Rami Hadar. “I am sure with Dagan’s leadership skills and professionalism that he will be the anchor of our team.”
Yivzori, 28, averaged a career-high 10.6 points per game in 28 Israeli League regular season games (7 starts) and pulled down 3.2 caroms per game, while shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 88.7 percent from the free-throw line. A perennial sharpshooter, Yivzori helped guide Maccabi Haifa to their second straight Israeli League Finals after being named Israeli League Playoffs MVP, recording a playoff career-high with 25 points on 6-of-7 from three-point land in Haifa’s game one 107-79 victory of the semifinals at Hapoel Jerusalem on May 22.
In15 Eurocup games (3 starts), Yivzori posted averages of 8.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 22.2 minutes, while shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard played in 55-of-56 games last season amongst all competitions including playoffs.
A two-time Israeli League Player of the Week award-winner last season, Yivzori set a career-high on March 9 in Round 22 of the Israeli League at Hapoel Jerusalem with a 36-point performance on 13-of-17 from the field, including 7-of-10 from three-point range in 32 minutes in Haifa’s 99-93 victory.
Prior to Haifa, Yivzori spent five seasons with Gilboa Galil and one season with Gilboa Afula, where he accumulated 1,083 career points and averaged a career 40.7% (230-565) from three-point range. He was a part of Galil’s 2009-10 Israeli League championship team as well as back-to-back Balkan league championships in 2012 and 2013.