Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nik Caner-Medley Signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) has signed a new two-year deal to play for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv after wrapping up the past season playing for Valencia in Spain.

This season, Caner-Medley led Valencia to the finals of the Eurocup tournament and was named to the First All-Eurocup Team. Caner-Medley scored a game-high 23 points in the championship game, but lost to BC Khimki. Valencia also finished fourth in the Spanish ACB league and reached the semi-finals of the playoffs, losing to eventual champion FC Barcelona Regal.

Here's part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv press release:
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is pleased to announce that American forward Nik Caner-Medley (29, 6' 8") has signed for two years with the club.

Since 2007, Caner-Medley has played in the Spanish League – the strongest in Europe. He has a solid left-handed shot from three point range, plays a tough and extremely active game, creates opportunities with muscular drives to the basket and is one of the leading rebounders in Europe in his position. He plays with a lot of passion and enthusiasm, and always develops a strong connection with the local fans. [...]

Last season, 2011 – 2012, the talented American moved to Valencia for his fifth straight season in Spain. He led the team to the Eurocup Final against Khimki Moscow, where he finished with a very impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, scoring 11 for 11 from the foul line and making 3 blocks; all of which added up to an index score of 38 points. Still, Khimki ended up taking the title with a 77 – 68 victory over Valencia.

Caner-Medley finished the season with Eurocup averages of 13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and an index of 16.9 (third in the league), stats which earned him a spot on the All-Eurocup First Team. He was ranked ninth in the Spanish League with an average index of 15.6; he also claimed ninth place for points averaged (13.2) and seventh place for rebounds (6.8), while leading Valencia to the league's semi-final playoffs.

Maccabi Tel Aviv is the dominant team in Israel, winners of almost every Israeli Superleague championship going back to 1970 with the exception of three seasons (1993, 2008, and 2010), and 50 titles since the league formed in 1953-54. They are also a perennial powerhouse in the Euroleague tournament, making it to the quarterfinals this past season. Maccabi won the Euroleague back-to-back in 2004 and 2005 (Sarunas Jasikevicius was on those two teams) and have lost in the finals three times since then.

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