Doron Sheffer (Hebrew: דורון שפר‎‎; born 12 March 1972), is a retired Israeli professional basketball player, formerly with Maccabi Tel Aviv.


Early career

Sheffer first gained fame at age 21 in the Israeli Basketball Premier League when he led Hapoel Galil Elyon to a 1993 victory in the Israeli League semifinals over powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv.[1] Following fellow Israeli Nadav Henefeld,[2] Sheffer then played guard for coach Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut from 1993 to 1996. In the 1993 - 1994 season, Sheffer was the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year. While at UConn, Sheffer formed a trio with fellow starters Ray Allen and Kevin Ollie, where they won the Big East basketball championship three straight years.[1] He is the only player from UConn with 1,000 points and 500 assists in three varsity seasons.[3]

Professional career

Sheffer was selected in the 1996 Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 36th overall pick, but chose to sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv. After four years with Maccabi, where he won four straight Israeli League championships, Sheffer retired suddenly, walking away from the public eye to travel the world to India, South America and Costa Rica. During this time he had a cancerous tumor removed from his testicles. Despite the illness and time away from basketball, Sheffer decided to make a comeback. After finishing his contract with Maccabi, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem. In 2004, he won the ULEB Eurocup with Hapoel.[3][4] Sheffer retired in 2005, and then returned in 2006, finally retiring for good in 2008.[1]