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Doron Sheffer returns to action at Galil
Jul 30, 2007
by Yarone Arbel, Israel
Out of the blue, Hapoel Galil Elyon announced the signing of guard Doron Sheffer for the upcoming season. This is the third time Sheffer will be making a comeback to the court after announcing his retirement. Sheffer (196, 35) is back to the team where he made history by winning the Israeli championship title in 1993 - the only championship title Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv has failed to win since 1970. Sheffer is also coming back to the ULEB Cup. In 2004 he was one of the main factors in leading Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem to win the club's only European title. He returns to the ULEB Cup with the fourth best assist per game
in the competition's history at 3.85 and begins the season tied for 10th alltime with 104 career assists.
After that magical season with Galil, Sheffer went to the United States to play at the University of Connecticut, where he was promptly named the Big East Conference's Rookie of the Year. Following three strong seasons at Uconn, Sheffer moved to Maccabi and helped the team to the 2000 Euroleague title game only to shock all by announcing his retirement that summer. Three years later – and after a bout with testicular cancer – Sheffer returned to the courts and rejoined Maccabi for half a season. However that summer, he moved to Hapoel for what would turn out to be magical ULEB Cup season. After two years in the capital city, he signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv, but before the season started announced his second retirement. Several weeks into the season Sheffer changed his mind, and decided to play after all for Hapoel Tel Aviv. However after a few games, Sheffer simply went home without notifying the club and did not return. Since then, Sheffer has remained outside the public's eye, with the exception of an appearance in a Galil veterans' game for charity. That's when the talks with Galil started leading to Monday's announcement.
"I'm very glad Doron is returning to Israeli basketball,” said his new coach Eli Kaneti. “He still can contribute. Not many players have the special abilities that he does.”