Doron Sheffer

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Doron Sheffer
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Doron Sheffer, 1993
Personal information
Born (1972-03-12) 12 March 1972 (age 47)
Ramat Efal, Israel
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
CollegeUConn (1993–1996)
NBA draft1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career1990–2014
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Career history
1990–1993Hapoel Galil Elyon
Maccabi Tel Aviv
2003–2005Hapoel Jerusalem
2005–2006Hapoel Tel Aviv
2006–2008Hapoel Galil Elyon
2013–2014Elitzor Petah Tikva\Givaataim
Career highlights and awards

Doron Sheffer (Hebrew: דורון שפר‎; born 12 March 1972), is a retired Israeli professional basketball player. He spent most of his club career playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv. During his playing career, at a height of 1.96 m (6'5") tall, he played at the point guard and shooting guard positions. During his playing days, his nickname was "The Iceman".[1][2][3]

Early career[edit]

Sheffer first gained fame at age 21, in the Israeli Premier League, when he led Hapoel Galil Elyon to a victory in the Israeli League semifinals, over powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv, in 1993.[4]

College career[edit]

Following fellow Israeli Nadav Henefeld,[5] Sheffer then played college basketball, under head coach Jim Calhoun, at the University of Connecticut, with the UConn Huskies, from 1993 to 1996. In the 1993–94 season, Sheffer was the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year. While at UConn, Sheffer formed a trio with fellow starters Ray Allen and Kevin Ollie, that won the Big East basketball championship in three straight years.[4] He is the only player from UConn with 1,000 points and 500 assists, in three varsity seasons.[6]

He was named to the school's All-20th Century team.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Sheffer was selected in the 1996 NBA Draft, by the Los Angeles Clippers, with the 36th overall pick, but he chose to sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv. After four years with Maccabi, where he won four straight Israeli League championships and played in the 2000 EuroLeague Final Four, Sheffer retired suddenly, walking away from the public's eye, to travel the world, to India, South America, and Costa Rica. During this time, he had a cancerous tumor removed from his testicles.

Despite the illness, and the time away from basketball, Sheffer decided to make a comeback. After finishing his contract with Maccabi, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem. In 2004, he won the ULEB Eurocup (EuroCup) championship with Hapoel.[6][8] Sheffer retired again in 2005, and then made another comeback in 2006. He then retired again in 2008.[4] 5 years later, in 2013, he made a final comeback to the game, before finally retiring for good, in 2014.

National team career[edit]

Sheffer was a member of the senior Israeli national basketball team. With Israel, he played at the 1993 EuroBasket, the 1995 EuroBasket, the 1997 EuroBasket, and the 1999 EuroBasket.[9]


  1. ^ 'Israeli Ice Man' Is the Name and a Starring Effort Is the Game.
  2. ^ The Ice Man, Melting.
  3. ^ Doron Sheffer holds court.
  4. ^ a b c Wertheim, Jon (8 July 2014). "Where are They Now: Former UConn star Doron Sheffer". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ Henefeld Biography
  6. ^ a b Sheffer Biography
  8. ^ 2003-04 Finals.
  9. ^ Doron SHEFFER (ISR).

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