Michael Roll (197 cm, UCLA ’10) is the newest member of the backcourt for Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Israel-Winner League). Roll has yet to show off his game in Israel as this will be his first appearance. The last three years were spent in Turkey for Roll with three different teams. Most recently, the shooting guard played for Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (Turkey-BSL). The shooting guard was given 28.6 mpg by the Turkish team in 40 BSL games. Around the same amount of minutes in Champions League games as well. The Tunisian-American went on to score 11.2 ppg in the BSL as well as finding 4.6 apg and 2.9 rpg.
Besiktas finished their regular season second in the BSL with a 24-6 record. After the campaign, the team made an impressive run to the Turkish league championship. However, Besiktas came up just short in the finals against Fenerbahce (Turkey-BSL). The final series finished in four games including the last two ending in overtime which both were losses for Besiktas. Roll started for the team in the finals but never scored more than 16 points.
Roll will now receive another spot on a championship-caliber team. Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv finished fourth in the Winner League last season with a 19-14 record. They were in striking distance all season but could never make it over the top. The story remained the same in the postseason as they went home in the semifinals after being eliminated by Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Winner League). Perhaps, Roll will provide more of a spark in his new role with the Israeli bunch. If his shots are falling, he can create giant repercussions towards his new team’s outcome next season.