HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men's basketball guard Evan Conti (Bayside, N.Y.) will compete for the United States in the 19th World Maccabiah Games, which are scheduled to take place in Israel, July 2013. Opening ceremony of the event is scheduled for July 18th at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.
Conti, who will be a junior next season for the Bobcats, is coming off a breakout year where he posted career numbers in nearly every statistical category. Conti averaged 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while being asked to fulfill a starting role midway through the season. The 6-foot-4 guard really blossomed at the end of January and into February where the Bobcats won nine of 11 games to climb the NEC leaderboard. Conti reached double-figures in six of those games which included a season-high of 18 against Robert Morris on Valentine's Day. Conti knocked down a jumper from the elbow with 13 seconds remaining to clinch the win for the Bobcats.
"I am thrilled that Evan Conti will be competing in the Maccabiah Games in Israel this July," said head coach Tom Moore. "This is a tremendous athletic, social, and cultural opportunity for Evan. He will receive excellent coaching and a high level of competition, which will only help him continue his development as he enters his junior year here this Fall. Evan made great strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons last summer and this Maccabiah Games competition will allow a great forum for his continued development."
Conti is no stranger to the World Maccabiah games as the Bayside, N.Y. native played back in 2009. Conti scored 36 points in the Gold Medal game and was named the MVP as USA defeated Israel 103-61 in the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. He and the squad posted a perfect 7-0 mark during the title run.
"It was a life changing experience when I played for the junior team four years ago," said Conti. "This summer I expect it to be just as special for me since I will get the chance to learn more about my Jewish culture while competing with and against some of the best athletes from around the world."
The Maccabiah has been a quadrennial event since 1957. The event features about 8,000 athletes of Jewish descent from over 60 countries in an Olympic-style event. In fact, the tournament is the third-largest in the world behind the Olympics and the Asian games.
Conti will return from Israel on July 31st where he will rejoin the Bobcats in preparation for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign. Quinnipiac officially becomes a member of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in July.
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