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Ryan Turell wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft. So what’s next?

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 way. 

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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