Shay Doron, July 2007
April 1, 1985 |
Ramat Hasharon, Israel
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||143 lb (65 kg)|
|High school||Christ The King RHS, New York, USA|
|College||University of Maryland|
|Draft||2nd round, 16th overall pick, 2007
New York Liberty
|Awards and honors|
|Pre-Season Wade Trophy Candidate (2007,2006)
All-Freshmen Team (2004)
First Team All-ACC (2005)
Doron was born in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, to Yehuda and Tamari Doron. For her first two years in high school, Doron played basketball for Rotberg High School in Ramat HaSharon, and led her team to three state championships and two cup championships. She also competed in track and field in Israel, and won over 60 medals in various events.
Hoping to play basketball in college, and dreaming of playing professionally in the WNBA, she moved to New York, (where her family had previously lived) to play her junior and senior years for the renowned Christ The King Regional High School women's basketball team. She was the only Jewish/Israeli student among 1,800 Catholic students. As a junior she led Christ the King to the New York State Federation finals, while scoring 17.1 points per game. The next year, she led the team to its 19th consecutive Brooklyn-Queens title, became the first girl from New York to play on the McDonald's All-American Team, and participated at the Nike Tournament of Champions, where she earned MVP and Player of the Tournament honors. In her junior and senior seasons, she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year from New York. During her final season, Doron averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 6.0 steals per game, to lead the Royals to the No. 1 rank in the country.
Doron was widely considered coach Brenda Frese's first big-time recruit at the University of Maryland, and she played a pivotal role in the resurgence of the Maryland program. With her help, the team made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including Maryland's first ever national title in 2006 with a victory over Duke University.
Doron holds several school records, and ranks in University of Maryland's top 10 in field goal attempts, assists, steals, three pointers, and three point attempts. She also started and played in more games than any other player in school history, with 134 appearances and 119 starts. Doron was named to the All-ACC third team in 2004, All-ACC first team in 2005, and All-ACC second team and ACC All-Academic team in 2006. She was also named to the U.S. National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Doron majored in criminal justice and criminology at Maryland.
In the summer of 2003, Doron played for Israel's national team. In 2005, Doron guided the Under-20 Israeli National Team to the Division B European Championship title in Brno, Czech Republic, the first-ever international tournament title for an Israeli women's team. She averaged a tournament-best 24.7 ppg, and received Most Valuable Player honors.
She was the first Israeli to be named MVP of the European National Tournament, and was also the MVP of the qualifying round played in Turkey.
In 2005, she participated in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel, where she led the USA to a 5–0 record and a gold medal. She was selected Maccabiah MVP, her second tournament honor that summer.
Doron was drafted by the WNBA's New York Liberty with the 16th pick in April 2007. Assigned jersey # 2, she saw game action only seven times in the 2007 regular season, totaling 10 points and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Doron also played limited minutes during the Liberty's 2007 playoff appearances.
After Shay Doron finished a successful season in Israel she has decided to take a few months off and to leave the New York Liberty before the beginning of the 2008 WNBA season. The New York Liberty approved her request on May 9, 2008.
Doron played for defending champion Elitzur Ramle in the Israeli league during the 2007–2008 WNBA off-season. Ramle reached the semifinals of the EuroCup Women competition, then went on to win the Israeli league title.
Shay Doron made her return in the Israeli league in 2010 after she ended her contract in Romania. She currently plays for her former team, Elitzur Ramle.
- "Player Bio: Shay Doron". Umterps.cstv.com. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- "Gball Online Magazine: High School Heroes". Gballmag.com. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- "Center for Sport and Jewish Life > Articles > Fly Eagles Fly". Csjl.org. January 25, 1981. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
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- Shay Doron's Charity Auction Benefiting BCRF
- WNBA profile
- Maryland bio
- "Shooting for the Top"
- "Playing to Another Strength; Doron, Always a Scorer, Emerges as a Leader This Season for 4th-Ranked Maryland," March 3, 2006
- "Doron started something big," April 4, 2006
- "UM's No. 1 globe-trotter; Israeli native Shay Doron took long road to stardom in College Park" February 17, 2007
- "Heart in Israel, Home (Court) in New York," May 20, 2007