Maccabi Bazan Haifa Signs Israeli guard Chanan Colman For Two Seasons
The Danish League Player of the Year returns to Israel to bolster the Green’s roster
The Maccabi Bazan Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced today they signed Israeli-Danish guard Chanan Colman for two seasons.
Colman, 28, appeared in 40 games last season for the Svendborg Rabbits in Denmark’s top division, where he was named 2011-12 Danish League Player of the Year, tallying 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists (fourth best in the league) and 1.2 steals in 32.2 minutes per game, while shooting 40.9 percent (67-164) from three-point range. Colman led Svendborg to the Danish Ligaen Finals, falling to the Bakken Bears in six games, where he posted averages of 13 points and 4.3 assists in the championship series.
The 6-foot-3 guard returns to Israel after playing several seasons in Denmark and Finland. Colman recorded two productive seasons in Israel for Gilboa Afula in 2007-08 (9.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 39.8% 3PT in 26 G) and in 2006-07 for Elitzur Ashkelon (8.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 39.8% 3PT in 27 G).
“Chanan Colman has a good basketball IQ and is a good ball handler and passer," said Maccabi Bazan Haifa head coach Brad Greenberg. "He can also score the ball going to the basket and has three point range. He's another versatile player for our team and he adds valuable premier league experience as well.”
"Chanan Colman is a player who has had success in the first division in Israel and we are excited to have him return to Israel to join Maccabi Bazan Haifa," said Maccabi Bazan Haifa owner Jeffrey Rosen.
Colman, born in Gladsaxe, Denmark, joins a Maccabi Bazan Haifa team that features Jewish American head coach Brad Greenberg on the lines, former NBA swingman Donta Smith, center James Thomas, Greek-American swingman Pat Calathes, point guard Paul Stoll, and strong Israeli players including center Ido Kozikaro, Anton Shoutvin, Lior Segev, and Sean Labanowski.