October 4th, 2004
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
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.
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)