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Maccabi signed Othello Hunter

The forward-center (32, 2.03 m), who recently won the Euroleague with CSKA and previously played for Olympiakos and Real, joins the Yellows: "He is very experienced and familiar with my sistem"

16/07/2019
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv is proud to announce the signing of the forward-center, Euroleague champion Othello Hunter (32, 2.03 meters) for the upcoming season with an option for another season. Hunter is a well known big-man in the Euroleague, who played for the last two years at CSKA Moscow and lifted the European Cup with the Russian team in May. He is an experienced player in the highest levels of the continental basketball and one who played under Giannis Sfairopoulos at Olympiakos.

"I am very pleased with the signing of Othello Hunter," coach Giannis Sfairopoulos told the club's official website - maccabi.co.il. "It will be the second time we will cooperate with each other and this time for Maccabi, he knows my method, he is very experienced in the Euroleague and he comes to complete our front line."

Othello Hunter told maccabi.co.il after the signing: "I am happy to be part of the team and part of this heritage and to create more memorable moments for all of us, championship moments. I can not wait for this season to begin, so let's set off".



In 36 games played in the Euroleague last season, Hunter scored 7.7 points and averaged 4.3 rebounds per game, while the VTB provided 9.5 points per game. While the Forward Center is a very familiar figure in European basketball, there are some interesting details about him that not everyone knows. For example, he was a football player up to age 17 in the role of WIDE RECEIVER. Another detail is that his full name is Tegba Othello Hunter Junior and his parents are native Liberians who came to the United States in 1980.

In the 2008/9 season Othello Hunter played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. The following season also began in Atlanta, before moving to play in Greece. Later he also played in Italy, Ukraine, Spain and China. In the season of 2013/14, which ended as best as Maccabi Tel Aviv could with Treble, Hunter played in Siena.

In the seasons of 2014/15 and 2015/16 he played in Olympiakos under Giannis Sfairopoulos and together they won the Greek League championship. In addition, in the season of 2014/15 this cooperation spawned the Euroleague final, where Olympiacos was stopped by Real Madrid. In the final, Hunter scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

In the 2017/18 season, Othello Hunter wore the Real Madrid uniform and, as mentioned above, played for the CSKA Moscow in the last two seasons in the last season against Maccabi, where CSKA won 89:86 at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena. He scored 10 points in 14 minutes . In Maccabi's 93:76 victory in Moscow he played 26 minutes, scored 12 points and lowered 9 rebounds.

In the last Euroleague final against Anadolu Efes, Hunter was in the starting line-up, scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. In semi-final against Real Madrid he started as well, scored 8 points and took 5 rebounds in 21 minutes on the parquet. Apart from the Euroleague Championship last season, Hunter also won twice the VTB Championship last season and the one before. He won the Spanish King's Cup in 2017 and as stated won the Greek league championship in 2015 (with Sfairopoulos).



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