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Hapoel Jerusalem signs Duncan at forward
Jun 24, 2012
Hapoel Jerusalem started to piece together its new roster by signing forward Josh Duncan, who has been among the top players in the Israeli League over the past two seasons. The contract is for one season with an option for the 2013-14 season. Duncan (2.03 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Maccabi Ashdod, where he averaged 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2 assists last season. Duncan posted 15 points and 6 rebounds in a semifinal victory over Rishon Lezion to lead Ashdod to the Israeli title game for the first time. Duncan starred at Xavier University, which he helped to the Elite Eight of the 2008 NCAA tournament with a team-high 18.3 points plus 5.3 rebounds per game. He was also selected as the Atlantic 10 Conference Sixth Man of the Year. Duncan began his professional career in France with Pau-Orthez, but injuries cut his 2008-09 season short. He spent the next year in Belgium with Liege before coming to Israel.
"I am happy to join Hapoel Jerusalem," Duncan told the team’s web site. "I am happy to be able to stay in Israel, which is a fun place to play basketball. As an Ashdod player, it was always an experience to play in Jerusalem and now with Hapoel I am certain that I will enjoy it very much. I am familiar with the team’s goals and how important they are in this city and I will do my best to contribute to our success."
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