Goodman may go pro in Israeli league

Former Towson guard interests two teams


February 22, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The player who first received national attention while at Talmudical Academy, was a consideration of Maryland and most recently left Towson University in controversy might soon be finding a new basketball home.

It appears Tamir Goodman might go pro - in Israel.

"Two of the top professional teams have expressed an interest in talking with Tamir and, in fact, are in the process of possibly making proposals for him to play professional basketball," a source close to Goodman said.

"They have shown an interest and have indicated offers would be made."

The 2001 Suproleague champ Maccabi Tel Aviv, 17-0 this season, and Israeli Premier League rival Hapoel Jerusalem are the teams that have expressed interest in signing Goodman, an Orthodox Jew, for next season.

A deal could be completed by next week, the source said.

The league opens each season in October and runs through April. Each team is permitted two U.S.-born players on its roster. Anthony Parker, a former Philadelphia 76er and Orlando Magic, is a current standout with Tel Aviv.

The source said if an agreement is reached, the package would perhaps include secular college studies at a university that would accept American credits so Goodman can continue his education.

Goodman did not comment.

Because he is a dual citizen (U.S. and Israel), Tamir Goodman might have to serve time in the Israeli military if he signs to play there and stays for more than one year.

In mid-December, Goodman left the Towson basketball team following an alleged incident with coach Michael Hunt.

Following a game on Dec. 8, Goodman filed a complaint with the Towson University police department against Hunt, claiming the coach threatened him by holding a chair over his head and later kicking a stool that hit him in the locker room. The department investigated and forwarded its findings to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office, but the Goodman family dropped the complaint.

The university, which is honoring Goodman's scholarship through this spring semester, followed with an internal review and did not reprimand Hunt.

Goodman still has two years of college eligibility.

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