First Ever Orthodox Jewish Player Drafted In NBA History


It’s a historic moment in the history of the NBA.

Yeshiva University star basketball player Ryan Turell was drafted by Motor City Cruise, the G League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons as the No. 27 overall pick in the G League 2022 draft. He is the first ever Orthodox Jew drafted into an NBA League.

“Being the first Orthodox Jew in the NBA would mean the world to me, and a dream come true, God willing,” Turell told ESPN in March. “But, just as importantly, it would mean the world to others that never saw this as a possibility.”

According to ESPN, Turell averaged 24.0 points per game in four seasons, finishing his college career with 2,158 points despite having two seasons shortened by COVID-19.

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