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Former Syracuse Basketball Star to Play in Israel

You might remember him as the guy that saved the 2003 national championship game for Syracuse with an impressive block on a Kansas three-point shot.

 

You might remember him from his 10 seasons in the NBA, playing for the Grizzlies, Bucks, Bulls, Suns, Hornets and Bobcats (in that order).

 

And now, you and many others will get to know him as one of the newest members of the Israeli Premier Basketball League.

 

Who is “him”? Hakim Warrick, who just signed with Ironi Nahariya, a professional basketball team in Israel.

 

 

In his four seasons with Syracuse from 2001 to 2005, Warrick played forward and averaged 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He was part of the 2003 SU National Championship winning team and was a first-team All-American in 2004-2005 and a third-team All-American in 2003-2004.

 

Warrick was drafted in the first round (19th overall pick) in the 2005 NBA Draft. He then found himself as a free agent and as a trading piece throughout the rest of his time in the NBA.  In 2013, two days after the Charlotte Bobcats traded Warrick to the Orlando Magic, the Magic waived him, effectively ending his NBA career.

 

Last year, Warrick played for Leones de Ponces in Puerto Rico. In 2016, he played in the Greek professional league and the EuroLeague on the Olympiacos.

 

Now, Warrick travels abroad once again and will play the rest of the season with Ironi Nahariya.

 

Published: David Edelstein

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