Jon Scheyer in April 2010, upon leading Duke to the NCAA championship.(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jon Scheyer, the Jewish college basketball star who as a senior led Duke to the 2010 NCAA championship, failed to make the cut of several NBA teams (blame for this goes to a post-graduate battle with mononucleosis as well as, perhaps, the additional ailment of not-being-quite-good-enough-for-the-NBA). Instead, as many predicted, he is making for the homeland: He has signed to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The reason this is perfect (and I double-checked this with office Israeli Liel Leibovitz) is that, in Israeli basketball terms, Maccabi Tel Aviv is Duke; or, rather, it is Duke if every other team were Clemson. It has won the Israeli championship 49 times! Including, once, 23 years in a row! It has even won five European championships, including two last decade. So Scheyer should feel right at home playing for a smug, entitled champion.

Ex-Duke Guard Jon Scheyer Signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv [JTA]
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