Maccabi Bazan Haifa Signs Guard Kenny Bellinger II

Maccabi Bazan Haifa Signs Guard Kenny Bellinger II to 3-Year Contract
Shooting Guard is First Call-Up to Haifa From Developmental Team Affiliate Miami Midnites

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. –  The Maccabi Bazan Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced today they have signed shooting guard Kenny Bellinger II to a three-year contract through the 2017-18 season as a first-ever Call Up from Haifa’s official developmental team affiliate the Miami Midnites.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bellinger, 23, appeared in a combined 26 games for the Miami Midnites in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Florida Basketball Association (FBA), tallying 12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.4 minutes per game.

“We are thrilled to have Kenny Bellinger become the first signee at Maccabi Haifa to have gone through our developmental system at the Miami Midnites,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “Kenny earned the nickname ‘Spider Man’ because he’s an electric player, who plays well above the rim.  He is a very exciting athlete, who we anticipate will become a fan favorite in Haifa.”

“I’m very proud of Kenny and his promotion to Maccabi Haifa,” said Miami Midnites head coach Damon Wilcox.  “He is a true testament to what playing for the Miami Midnites is all about. I believe that Haifa is getting a player who can really flourish at that level.  He’s a coach’s dream regarding his attitude, work ethic, and professionalism.  In one full season of coaching him, I’ve seen his game grow in leaps and bounds.  His presence will be missed, but at the same time, it gives the rest of the players in the program an added incentive to try to make it to that level and beyond.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound shooting guard played his first two collegiate seasons at St. Petersburg College in Florida from 2010-2012.  As a sophomore, Bellinger averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line, earning first-team All-Conference honors.  He transferred to NCAA Division II Armstrong State University in Georgia for his junior and senior seasons from 2012-2014.  As a junior, Bellinger notched 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 27 games.  He finished his senior season appearing in 25 games (13 starts), posting averages of 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.4 minutes per game.

“We had the opportunity to see Kenny in Miami and were impressed with his shooting ability, defense, and intensity,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa head coach Rami Hadar. “We see Kenny as a prospect with potential, who started to develop at the Miami Midnites and will continue to do so at Maccabi Haifa.”

“The signing of Kenny Bellinger to Maccabi Haifa shows that we are accomplishing our farm team concept,” said Miami Midnites vice president of player personnel Federico Brodsky.  “Kenny is a very energetic and positive player, who gives his all on both ends of the court.”

A native of Miramar, Fla., Bellinger played for American Senior High School in Hialeah, Florida, and was selected to the Dade vs. Broward County All-Star game in 2010.

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About Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Haifa, an Israeli Basketball Super League team, has a long and storied legacy as they were one of the original eight teams to form the Premier League for the 1953-54 season.  Under the ownership of American businessman, Jeffrey Rosen, the team earned its first title in franchise history after being crowned the 2012-13 Israeli League champion.  The team was purchased by Jeffrey Rosen in July 2007. For more information about Maccabi Haifa, please visit  www.mhbasket.co.il/en/.