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Mikhail Torrance to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jul 26, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

Despite lacking notable second round depth, this year’s draft left a number of intriguing undrafted players to be picked up in free agency. However, most of them appear to be heading overseas, as whatever flaws prevented them from being drafted still persist in the minds of NBA decision-makers.

Among them is Mikhail Torrance, a tremendously athletic point guard prospect out of Alabama who was thought to be a sure-fire second rounder. It wasn’t so, as a heart condition presented enough of a concern for NBA teams to look elsewhere despite the slim point guard crop. Now, according to the Euroleague’s official website, Torrance will head to Israel to play with top-flight club Maccabi Tel Aviv (via Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside).

As noted by Schroeder (in citing our own Ira Winderman), Torrance was on the Summer League roster of the Miami Heat before being released just prior to the League’s commencement. That significantly hurt his chances of receiving a training camp invite, but Maccabi is a terrific place for quasi-NBA players to refine their skills before making a comeback. Torance has a one-year deal with a team option for year two, so it’s not unthinkable that we’d see him in the NBA in a season or so.

  1. Zachariah Blott - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    I wish him the best, but this is a real shame. Torrance was one of the two or three best PG prospects in this draft, and a heart condition that’s never kept him out of games in college (and is supposedly not too uncommon in professional athletes) is keeping him out of the league for at least a year. This is why GM’s often don’t last long and look really stupid within a few years of many decisions they make. Here are 2 brief write-ups about him from before the draft.
    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/6/21/2010-nba-draft-sorting-out-the-college-players.html
    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/6/24/2010-nba-draft-undervalued-studs-and-overvalued-duds.html

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