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Zenit brings in experienced guard Mekel
Oct 09, 2018
Zenit St. Petersburg added valuable experience to its roster by inking combo guard
for the remainder of the season. Mekel (1.92 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Herbalife Gran Canaria, where he averaged 9.6 points and 5.1 assists in 17 7DAYS EuroCup games last season. He joined Gran Canaria from Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, where he has spent the previous season and a half, playing both the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the EuroCup. Mekel has also played in the EuroCup for Benetton Treviso of Italy and Hapoel Gilboa Galil of Israel and in the EuroLeague for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and Nizhny Novgorod of Russia. Mekel has averaged 9.2 points and 4.7 assists in 32 EuroCup career games. He grew up in Maccabi Tel Aviv's youth program before playing college basketball for two years at Wichita State University. He joined Galil for the first time in 2008, led the club to the Israeli championship a season later, and was the 2010-11 Israeli League MVP. After one season with Benetton, he returned to Israel with Maccabi Haifa for the 2012-13 season, during which was named Israeli League MVP for the second time in three years and took Haifa to its first Israeli championship. Mekel then went abroad and played for Dallas and New Orleans in the NBA before returning to Europe. Mekel is also a regular on the Israeli national team.
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