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Housman Signs Professional Contract

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AVENTURA, Florida - Former Harvard basketball guard Drew Housman '09 has signed a professional contract with Israeli team Hapoel Kiryat Tivon.

Housman was signed following a two-day U.S. tryout at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on July 28 and 29.

Housman, a Calabasas, Calif. native, started at guard for four seasons at Harvard and is the program's all-time leader in games played (113) and games started (102). A two-time All-Ivy League selection, Housman finished his career with a total of 1,228 points, which is 14th all-time at Harvard. He is fourth all-time with 157 steals and sixth with 339 assists.

Last season, Housman averaged 11.6 points while shooting 53 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. In Ivy League play, Housman handed out 52 assists compared to just 21 turnovers.  

Housman will practice with Maccabi Haifa (Israeli Premier League) during the season with an option to be called up.

"I can't wait to get out to Israel and begin the season," said Housman. "It was a thrill coming to the tryout in South Florida and having the opportunity to showcase my skills."

"We are thrilled to sign Drew to Tivon," said Maccabi Haifa owner Jeffrey Rosen. "Both of them are very talented and intelligent basketball players who were hungry to get the chance to play in Israel."