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Yogev Who? Ohayon? Never Heard of Him - Jun 12, 2012


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Yogev Ohayon
"A year ago, no one knew Yogev Ohayon even existed. furthermore, if he would still be playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, nobody would hear of him," said Maccabi Tel-Aviv owner David Federman during a local Israeli radio interview yesterday.

That said, let's get some facts straight.

In 2005, DraftExpress.com's Director of International Scouting Luis Fernandez, claimed the Israeli 19-year-old left-handed point guard was "not the prototypical player that a league like the NBA looks for." However, he explained that "for the European competition, he (Ohayon) seems to have a bright future, and his talent could carry him even further with the proper work and development."

Fernandez also resembled Ohayon's play to that of the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash and Argentine-Spanish playmaker Pepe Sanchez.

After recording 8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game during his full rookie year with Hapoel Galil Elyon in the 2005-06 season, over the years, Ohayon established himself into Galil's, Jerusalem's and now Maccabi's and the Israeli national team's most appreciated ball handler.

Recent rumors flooded the Israeli press the past few days about an explosion between Ohayon's people and Maccabi's management. According to reports, the player's representatives claim to have a buyout option that allows Ohayon to terminate his agreement with the Israeli powerhouse, while Tel Aviv claims Ohayon is strictly under contract until the end of 2012-13.

While the confusing versions of the agreement continue to be revealed, Ohayon, who's currently receiving interest from Panathinaikos, Malaga, Caja Laboral, Kazan and Kuban, might have to settle this issue in court (i.e. Jeremy Pargo and Maccabi saga).

He who deserves colossal credit for Ohayon's emergence this past season is Maccabi's head coach David Blatt.

It's no secret that when signing Jordan Farmar, Theodoros Papaloukas and Tal Burstein to the team's roster earlier last season Ohayon was expected to come off the bench for spotty Euroleague minutes but play a bigger role during the domestic contest.

After parting ways with Farmar in mid-season, Maccabi's coaching staff decided to acquire Demond Mallet for the opening of Euroleague Top 16 rounds. A move that again illustrated to Ohayon that he wasn't trusted.

While Mallet played a combined 24 minutes throughout five Elite 8 Euroleague series games against Panathinaikos, it was Ohayon who helped rally the yellow-and-blue to one of Europe's heroic series and dazzling performances by an Israeli player in any European competition.

The Euroleague rookie Ohayon came up big for Maccabi versus Panathinaikos and nearly sent his ball club to final four games in Turkey. Against the Greeks Yogev dished out more assists (2.8) and scored almost double (9.8) then his regular Euroleague season averages of 2.6 dimes and 5.6 points.

While Ohayon and his agent carry on their act of media silence, Maccabi continues to expose the player's contract information, disclosing dates and clauses.

As for Federman's callout against Ohayon, in June, 2007, on DraftExpress.com's weekly player evaluation, Ohayon was chosen for a spotlight breakdown over players such as Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Fernandez and Omri Casspi, stating "it's fair to expect Ohayon to become a very nice player in Europe, even a premier point guard if he maximizes his potential."

So, five years later, Ohayon is living up to the expectations and even though he's currently in the United States on vacation and wasn't able to be reached for comment, it is safe to say - he was well known across waters before joining Maccabi Tel Aviv.   




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 4. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.7 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.1 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.6 
 8. James, Panathin.13.1 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.8 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Tomic, FC Barce.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Teodosic, CSKA6.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.1 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 5. Colom, Unics5.7 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 6. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Kirk, Anadolu Efes0.9 
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  CSKA
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