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Israeli point guard would like to play for Gators

GAINESVILLE -- Israeli point guard Nimrod Tishman told The Miami Herald on Friday that he is hopes to attend the University of Florida this fall and play basketball for the Florida Gators.

A member of Israel's 18-and-under national basketball team, Tishman is a 6-5 point guard who could potentially take the place of former UF point guard Nick Calathes or at least provide much needed depth to UF's backcourt. Calathes turned pro this offseason and is now playing in Greece. Currently, UF's only point guard 5-7 sophomore Erving Walker.

Tishman has been in close contact with UF coach Billy Donovan and his staff. Asked on Friday if he will be playing for UF this season, Tishman said, "Not sure yet but it's a good chance that I will."

Tishman is currently averaging 18.3 points, four rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in the 18-and-under European Championships, which is taking place in Metz, France, until Aug. 2. Tishman is the second-leading scorer of the tournament's first division.

While Tishman would like to play for the Gators this fall, there are considerable hurdles that could prevent it from happening. The 18-year-old is required to serve in the Israeli military and that time would have to be deferred. Clearing Tishman through the admissions office by Aug. 24 (the first day of class) will also be difficult.



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