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May 28, 2020, 6:00:00 AM

Zoosman Talks About Proving Himself

Yovel Zoosman is starting to make a big impact since taking a big role for Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv last season. The 22-year-old has already grown so much under Ioannis Sfairopoulos’ guidance in the EuroLeague. He is getting better every single day and hopes to do more for his team.

Zoosman is getting confident as he grows more comfortable with the team. Following the injury to DeAndre Kane last season, Zoosman had to step up and trusted his ability while committing to the hard work needed to adapt to the change.

He claims that he knows his worth now, and he is working hard to prove everyone else in the team that he is getting better every single day. His approach in the game is to bring out the best of his play in any situation asked of him. He has been playing a lot of minutes now, and he certainly wants to continue to impress. Perhaps it has always been in his dedication to keep going and playing harder to reach his maximum potential in the game. No one has been this dedicated in the team other than him.

For a young player like him, stepping up against the best teams in Europe is certainly a big challenge. So far, Zoosman has played well and contributed a whole lot more on the offensive end for the team.

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Zoosman also explained his unique choice to hoist the number ‘50’, which seemed to have a unique connection to both his name and religion.

‘In Hebrew, Yovel (jubilee) means 50 years, and I was born in the 50th year to the State of Israel. My sister, who was then eight years old, had the idea and they named me Yovel’, Zoosman explained. ‘Until three or four years ago, I wore number 8 or 10. A friend said to me that I should be different and not choose numbers that everyone has, like 8 or 10. I thought to myself, I don't know of any famous players who wear 50, and I've gone with it ever since’.

He also looked back on his experience in the EuroLeague. He reflected on his first day against Brose Bamberg back in December 2015. It was a fun game for him, and he learned a lot during that game.

‘I remember that I played two and a half minutes, more or less. It was a great experience. I was so excited. For a 17-year-old boy to play at that level is no small thing’, said Zoosman. ‘Suddenly, you get sort of a reward for all your hard work. It's also a little shock to think of all the hard work I put in to get there. I will certainly never forget it’.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA