Doron Sheffer

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Doron Sheffer
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Doron Sheffer, 1993
Personal information
Born (1972-03-12) 12 March 1972 (age 43)
Ramat Efal, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College Connecticut (1993–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Position Guard
Career history
1990–1993 Hapoel Galil Elyon
Maccabi Tel Aviv
2003–2005 Hapoel Jerusalem
2005–2006 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2007–2008 Hapoel Galil Elyon
Career highlights and awards

Doron Sheffer (Hebrew: דורון שפר‎; born 12 March 1972), is a retired Israeli professional basketball player, formerly with Maccabi Tel Aviv.


Early Career[edit]

Sheffer first gained fame at age 21 in the Israeli Basketball Premier League when he led Hapoel Galil Elyon to a 1993 victory in the Israeli League semifinals over powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv.[1] Following fellow Israeli Nadav Henefeld,[2] Sheffer then played guard for coach Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut from 1993 to 1996. In the 1993 - 1994 season, Sheffer was the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year. While at UConn, Sheffer formed a trio with fellow starters Ray Allen and Kevin Ollie, where they won the Big East basketball championship three straight years.[1] He is the only player from UConn with 1,000 points and 500 assists in three varsity seasons.[3]

Professional Career[edit]

Sheffer was selected in the 1996 Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 36th overall pick, but chose to sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv. After four years with Maccabi, where he won four straight Israeli League championships, Sheffer retired suddenly, walking away from the public eye to travel the world to India, South America and Costa Rica. During this time he had a cancerous tumor removed from his testicles. Despite the illness and time away from basketball, Sheffer decided to make a comeback. After finishing his contract with Maccabi, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem. In 2004 he won the ULEB Eurocup with Hapoel.[3][4] Sheffer retired in 2005, and then returned in 2006, finally retiring for good in 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Wertheim, Jon (8 July 2014). "Where are They Now: Former UConn star Doron Sheffer". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Henefeld Biography
  3. ^ a b Sheffer Biography
  4. ^ Hapoel Jerusalem (17 March 2004)