The Israeli basketball league runner up, Maccabi Haifa, announces the signing of PG Dror Hagag, player of Maccabi Tel Aviv last season and Hapoel Jerusalem in the seasons before.
Hagag : “ I’m very happy to join a club like Maccabi Haifa. I hope that together we will have achievements like last season at least and even better.”
Hagag, 30 years old, grew up in Maccabi Rishon Letzion's youth department, on his first season in an adult team played in Elitzur Bat Yam from the second division, completed three seasons in Givat Shmuel and afterwards excelled for three years in Hapoel Tel Aviv, a thing that caused the Belgian Louven to sign him. In Loben, Hagag continued to be outstanding, won the Belgian cup with the team, finished in 3rd place in the king of baskets table (16.7 ppg) and as the assist king (5 assists per game), while listing his first appearance in the Israeli national team.
After the same wonderful season in Belgium, Hagag moved to AEK Athens from Greece, where he played 14 games in the Euroleague. After that season in which he had 5.8 ppg and 3.5 assists, moved to Hapoel Jerusalem for two seasons, won the national cup twice and was even the best free throw shooter in the league (92.1%). In Jerusalem Hagag listed 26 games in the Eurocup, when in one game he had a record of 11 steals. In the last season Hagag didn’t play much in Maccabi Tel Aviv (11.2 minutes in 16 games) but this didn’t stop him from being in 2nd place in the league's assists/turnovers (2.8).
Hagag, 1.78 meters tall, the second shortest player in Winner League last season, is endowed with agility that helps him steal balls, fights for every ball, and shoots well from all ranges and despite his height, takes down quite a few rebounds.
Jeff Rosen: "I am positive that Dror Hagag will make a comeback with us, he is fast, a warrior, and he has a lot of basketball. This is a very significant signing for us".
Avi Ashkenazi: "the conflict about whether or not to use an Israeli PG was easier when you have a player like Dror Hagag in the market. The same Dror Hagag that carried Hapoel Jerusalem on his own back in the league and in Europe just over a year ago. I believe in him and I know that he will be able to lead Haifa too."