Courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale sophomore forward Jeremiah Kreisberg, who started all 14 Ivy League games last year and was the recipient of the team's John C. Cobb Award as rookie of the year, has been named to the Israel Under-20 men's basketball national team. He will play in the U20 European Championship from July 14-24 in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
"It means a lot to be selected for this team," said Kreisberg, a Berkeley, Calif., native, who was granted dual-citizenship shortly after returning home for the summer. "We will be playing against some of the best players in Europe, and I think it will benefit me immensely in terms of being able to prepare myself for the next season at Yale. Playing overseas offers different challenges and requires a different skill set. I will have to adjust to the different style and that will hopefully expand my game."
Kreisberg, who won a silver medal for Team USA at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, enjoyed an outstanding freshman season for the Bulldogs in 2010-11, finishing fifth on the team in scoring (7.2 rpg.) and second in rebounding (4.5 rpg.) while shooting 55.6 percent from the field. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice and scored in double figures in five of the last eight games of the season.
Kreisberg said the coaches in Israel scouted his games at Yale this year and remembered him from his participation in the Maccabiah games in Israel. He spent the last few weeks in Tel-Aviv training with the team and is currently in the middle of a 10-day preparation tour through Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. He will then head back to Israel for 10 more days of practice before the team leaves for Bosnia.
Israel will be in Group D at the European Championships with Belgium, Bosnia, Belarus and Iceland.
Kreisberg is one of two Yale players getting international experience this summer. Greg Mangano will attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp from July 29-Aug. 7. The camp will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men's basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.