New York Times: Tom Maayan to return to Israel by Jan. 2

Tom Maayan's removal from Seton Hall's lineup takes away experience and defense that the back court is lacking. - Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately for Tom Maayan, his family, Seton Hall, and everyone else involved, the sophomore Israeli point guard must return to Israel by January 2nd, according to a report from the New York Times. The report has been confirmed by Seton Hall beat writer J.P. Pelzman, likely from the Seton Hall staff.

Maayan has already had to deal with the Israeli Defense Forces and their military requirements for citizens toward the end of last season and during the summer before receiving news that he could return to Seton Hall prior to the start of this campaign. Based on the effort that has been put forth by his guardians, Seton Hall administration, the Pirate coaching staff, and Maayan himself to postpone military service, a pending departure to Israel in January must be crushing for all parties.

His bitter sweet return to South Orange this fall has yielded 1ppg, 3.5 apg, 2.3 rpg & 1.3 spg  for Maayan in 17.5 mpg of action as a back up point guard behind Sterling Gibbs. Maayan's removal from Seton Hall's lineup takes away experience and defense that the back court is lacking. Freshman Jaren Sina (22 mpg) and junior college transfer Hakeem Harris (8.7 mpg) will pick up Maayan's minutes, while even more pressure will be put on Sterling Gibbs to excel.

Gibbs is currently 3rd in the country in free throw rate (208.3) and 6th in fouls drawn per 40 minutes (11.1).

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