By Jacob Gurvis
( New York Jewish Week ) — Yeshiva University star basketball player Ryan Turell was
not selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft, putting his dream of being the first Orthodox
Jewish player in the league on hold. According to ESPN, Turell is mulling his options,
including a move to Israel or the NBA’s minor league organization.
Turell had been set to appear at the NBA’s G League combine in May, a scouting
showcase for prospects who were not invited to the main NBA Draft event, but he
sustained an injury during a workout that forced him to drop out. The injury will keep him
out of the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas next month as well.
Though Turell’s draft chances were viewed as slim — he did not appear in mock drafts
from ESPN or other major sports sites — his resume remains impressive. The Los
Angeles native was the Division III player of the year, shooting 59% overall and 47%
from three-point range, which is well above the NBA average. Turell also led the
Maccabees to their second consecutive Skyline Conference Championship, earning a
No. 1 national Division III ranking and winning an NCAA-best 50 straight games along
The 6-foot-7 guard knows he has an uphill battle. But as he told JTA back in March, he
won’t be discouraged. “They just motivate me to work even harder,” he said.
PHOTO: Ryan Turell
CAP: Yeshiva University star Ryan Turell is considering his next steps after not
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