Maymon signs with Hapoel Tel Aviv

Former Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon will start his professional basketball career in Israel after signing with Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C. Tuesday evening.

Maymon, who finished his career with the Vols in March, is scheduled to depart for his new team at the end of the month. The Israeli Basketball Super League's season begins in October.

"Being able to call yourself a professional athlete is a blessing in itself," Maymon said. "I am just thankful I'm able to to continue to play the game I love with a known team and a team with a great fan base. I'm very excited for what's to come and making the best of this opportunity."

While with the Vols from 2010-14, Maymon started 68 games in his final two seasons and ranks second in program history in career offensive rebounding average (2.87 orpg). One of his most memorable games was a 32-point, 20-rebound performance against Memphis during the 2011-12 season, a year in which he earned All-SEC honors.

Maymon is bringing the orange and white back to Israel's premier basketball league. Former Vol teammate Scotty Hopson (2008-11) played with Hapoel Eilat during the 2012-13 campaign.

Hapoel Tel Aviv finished last season ranked sixth in the 12-team league standings with an 15-13 record. The club is in Tel Aviv, the second-largest city in Israel located along the Mediterranean sea.

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