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Israeli PG Commits to Marquette

By Mark Dittami

October 4th, 2004




Israeli Point Guard Commits to Marquette


Sources confirm that Israeli point guard Niv Berkowitz has signed a letter of intent to play for the Marquette Golden Eagles.  Berkowitz is in a unique situation as pending the passing of his entrance exam, he will be eligible to suit up for Tom Crean this season with a likely start date of Marquette’s December 18th tilt with Arizona in Milwaukee.


Marquette was in need of a quality backup for Travis Diener as Karon Bradley transferred to Wichita State, and sophomore Brandon Bell did not show much of a comfort level with Crean’s offense in his limited playing time last season.


Berkowitz was eyed by many schools after his performance in the under 18 European Championships where he averaged 14.4 points, 1.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game.  At the games Berkowitz also shot 49.2% from the field, 53.8% from beyond the arc, and 81.0% from the line. 


Berkowitz also has an impressive basketball pedigree, his father, Mickey Berkowtiz, played at UNLV and is a European basketball legend.


The point guard was also considering DePaul, Rutgers, Georgetown and New Orleans.  DePaul was thought to be the front runner because assistant coach Josh Oppenheimer played with Mickey Berkowtiz in Israel but the Blue Demon’s last remaining scholarship for this season was taken up by the return of a recruit who DePaul thought had fallen through.


The Marquette coaching staff is not allowed to comment on this signing until Berkowitz passes his entrance exam which will be taken on October 10th.


(This article was edited on October 6th to clarify Berkowitz' status with Marquette)


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