Gator Hoops Could Add Guard

The thin Florida backcourt could get a much needed boost if Israeli teenager Nimrod Tishman is cleared to attend UF. The 6-5 combo guard has a fairly involved process to go through in order to pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse but expectations are that there is an excellent chance he will be a Gator for the 2009-10 season.

Nimrod Tishman is currently playing for Israel in the European U-18 Championships in France. He is averaging 18.6 points and 4.2 assists in five games with 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. He scored 26 points in leading Israel to a stunning 63-62 upset of Russia with Tishman scoring the winning basket. He is more of a shooting guard for his team but reportedly handles and passes the ball well enough to play minutes at the point. The talented guard won't turn 18 until December.

The opportunity for Tishman to play in the U.S. comes from a change in Israeli law that makes it possible for him to bypass mandatory military service. Another hurdle in his attempt to attend UF is the fact that Israeli officials are not accustomed to providing the type of documentation the NCAA Clearinghouse is looking for since its high school graduates almost always go straight into the military.

An indication of how strongly Tishman feels about the Gators is that his Facebook page lists himself as a fan of Hillel at the University of Florida. If everything works out for him to become a Gator I suspect everyone at Hillel will become a fan of Nimrod Tishman.

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