Gilchrist signs with Israeli pro team

Pro Basketball

October 01, 2005|By CHRISTIAN EWELL | CHRISTIAN EWELL,SUN REPORTER

Former Maryland guard John Gilchrist has signed a contract with Maccabi Rishon Letzion, an Israeli professional team, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Gilchrist, 21, is expected to help a team that couldn't advance past the first round in the Israeli Premier League championships. The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 assists for the Terrapins as a junior in 2004-05, when the team fell short of the NCAA tournament.

Passed over in the NBA draft, he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Las Vegas Summer League in July, but the team declined to sign him for the preseason. Gilchrist joins former American collegians Ryan Sydney (Boston College), Omar Sneed (Memphis) and Lee Matthews (Siena), as members of the Rishon roster.

christian.ewell@baltsun.com

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