July 26, 2010

Israeli Team Signs Frank

July 26, 2010

Aventura, FL - The Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced Saturday they have signed guard Frank Robinson, who played at Cal State Fullerton from 2005-08, to a one-year contract.

Robinson, 26, played three years at Cal State Fullerton, averaging 15.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32 games during his senior season.

The 6-foot-4-inch guard, signed with Olympia Ljubljana (Slovenia) during the 2008-09 season. He played in 8 Euroleague games, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20 minutes. From Ljubljana, Robinson signed with Ludwigsburg (Germany), where he tallied 11 points and 5 rebounds in 11 games.

During the 2009-10 season, Robinson played three preseason games with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks before signing with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League, where he scored 12.4 points and grabbed 4.1 rebounds in 38 games played. Robinson played for the L.A. Lakers' Summer League team this July in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

"I'm pleased to have Frank Robinson join Maccabi Haifa, because he will bring a lot of athleticism to the team," said Maccabi Haifa owner and American businessman Jeffrey Rosen.

"Frank is an excellent defender and a very good penetrator, which adds another dimension to the team," said coach Elad Hasin.

Robinson joins a Maccabi Haifa roster that features Sasha Bratic, Yoni Nir, Avi Ben-Chimol, former Arizona State guard Derek Glasser, former Washington State guard Derrick Low, and Robert Rothbart.

Maccabi Haifa will travel to the United States to play the NBA's New Jersey Nets in the first preseason game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on October 3, 2010. Maccabi Haifa's 30-minute magazine TV show, "Inside Israeli Basketball," (www.insideisraelibasketball.com) is aired monthly from November to June on the YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network), SUN Sports (home to the Miami Heat), Comcast Versus (home to the NHL), and Jewish Life Television (available in over 25 million homes in the US). The show captures the intricacies of Israel and the Super League seen through the eyes of Maccabi Haifa's American players and their Israeli counterparts.

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About Maccabi Haifa --
Maccabi Haifa, an Israeli Basketball Super League team, has a long and storied legacy as they were one of the original eight teams to form the Premier League during the 1954 season. This past season under the ownership of American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, the team earned an appearance in both the Premier League Finals as well as the State Cup Finals in the team's first season back in the Premier League after a 10-year absence. The team was purchased by Jeffrey Rosen in July 2007. For more information about Maccabi Haifa, please visit www.mhbasket.co.il.