AVENTURA, Fla. — Derrick Low, a former Washington State University men’s basketball standout, has signed a one-year contract to play for the Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League, the organization announced Tuesday.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Low was a four-year starter at Washington State from 2004-2008, and ranks second on WSU’s all-time career minutes played (3,706), fourth in three-point field goals made (220), eighth in free throw percentage (.800), eighth in steals (145), and 11th in scoring (1,288 points).
In his senior season in 2007-08, he started all 35 games, averaging 14.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.4 steals. Low was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference Third Team, ranking third in Pac-10 only games in three-point field goals made (2.63 per game), seventh in steals (1.55 per game), 11th in minutes played (33.26), and 13th in scoring (14.8 points per game).
Last season the 6-foot-2-inch point guard played for BC Siauliai in Lithuania’s top division, averaging 13.1 points (.476 from beyond the arc), 3.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in 28 games played. Low was named All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year by Eurobasket.com.
In six EuroCup games in 2009-10, he averaged 18.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. Low played two games against Hapoel Jerusalem, scoring 20 points and 22 points respectively. In the Baltic League last season, he averaged 15.0 points (.483 from beyond the arc), 3.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.5 steals in 22 games.
Low has also played professionally in France (Rouen) and Australia (Sydney Spirit). In high school at Iolani HS, Low was named Gatorade Player of the Year in his final three seasons. He was a McDonald’s All-America nominee, posting a 101-4 record against State competition during his four years of high school.
Low joins a Maccabi Haifa roster that features Sasha Bratic, Yoni Nir, Avi Ben-Chimol, former Arizona State guard Derek Glasser and Robert Rothbart.
Later this week, Maccabi Haifa will hold its third-annual U.S. tryouts at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
On Oct. 3, Maccabi Haifa will play the NBA’s New Jersey Nets in the first preseason game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.