ESL: Elitzur Ashkelon adds Niv Berkowitz to their roster - August 17, 2018
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National League newcomer Elitzur Ironi Ashkelon added to their roster 32-year old shooting guard Niv Berkowitz (190-86, college: Marquette, agency: Avi Zilberman). He played last season at Hapoel Eilat (Winner League). In 34 games he recorded just 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg. National League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (16-17) season Berkowitz played at Ironi Nahariya (also in Winner League). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 38 Winner League games he averaged 4.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Berkowitz also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had only 2.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. His team made it to the quarterfinals. Berkowitz also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he got only 1.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Berkowitz was also voted Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team in 2016.
He was a member of Israeli U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Berkowitz has played previously for five other teams: Hapoel Holon, Hasharon, Maccabi Ashdod, Hapoel Yokneam/Megido and Hapoel Afula.
He attended Marquette University until 2005 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Berkowitz: Niv is someone who absolutely loves the game, has a passion for it, and the bloodlines as well. He really understands how to pass, he's a very adept ball handler, and he can go right and left. His ability to shoot the ball, get into the lane, draw fouls and shoot free throws is what separates him offensively.

Elitzur Ironi Ashkelon roster for 2018-2019:

Niv Berkowitz
Igor Mayor

Hen Halfon

Geoffrey Frid

Coach: Avi Sukar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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