BE'ER SHEVA, Israel – Former Quinnipiac men's basketball standout Evan Conti (Bayside, N.Y.) will begin his professional playing career over in Israel, as the 6-4 guard has signed a contract with Hapoel Be'er Sheva, announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 by the franchise. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.
"I join all of our players and coaches in congratulating Evan Conti on signing his first professional contract," head coach Tom Moore said. "We are all proud of him. Evan has worked extremely hard during his time at Quinnipiac to create this great opportunity."
With a 17-3 record in 2014-15, Hapoel Be'er Sheva was promoted to the National League (Liga Leumit) - the second tier of league basketball competition in Israel, only behind the Winner League (Israeli Basketball Super League). Hapoel Be'er Sheva won the Artzit League South Division last year.
Conti set career highs in points, rebounds, assists and minutes per game in his final season at Quinnipiac last year. He averaged 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game – ranking among the team leaders in all three categories. Conti shined on several occasions throughout the 2014-15 season, none more so than Feb. 1 in the game at Niagara. He poured in 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting, draining five threes by games end. Conti went on to score 21 points two games later, averaging 20.0 points per outing through a three-game stretch.
The sharp-shooter appeared in 121 career games at Quinnipiac, averaging 6.1 points and nearly 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He finished with 740 points, 450 rebounds and 228 assists – joining Zaid Hearst as the only two players from that class to reach those figures. Conti shot close to 40 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the free-throw line during his career.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva is located in Beer Sheva, Israel and just built a brand new arena called "The Shell" which seats 3,000 fans. The city is the sixth largest in Israel with a population of 200,000 people.
The National League contains 14 clubs that compete in a home-and-away round-robin. At the end of the season, the top eight clubs advance to the play-offs. The first round is played on a best-of-three basis. The four winning clubs advance to two best-of-five playoffs, the winners of which are promoted to the Super League. The two teams that finish at the bottom of the table are relegated to Liga Artzit.
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