It looks like Seton Hall has found an early conclusion to the dynamic Tom Maayan saga.
According to David Pick, an international sports writer, which includes an Israeli sport site, Seton Hall point guard Tom Maayan will not return to Seton Hall.
Pick cites Maayan missing an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) due date which in turn led to him spending 48-hours in an Israeli prison. Furthermore, Pick says that Maayan is now banned from returning to the United States due to IDF military restraints --Maayan must serve 3-years for the IDF. Pick also made mention on Twitter that Maayan's "NCAA hoop days are over." Maayan officially enrolled in the IDF a few weeks ago.
SouthOrangeJuice.com has been told that this information has not been confirmed to any members of the Seton Hall staff as of Tuesday morning.
While it had previously looked like Maayan's return to South Orange for the 2013-14 season was more likely than not, the case now appears closed. Maayan's permanent departure from the program currently leaves Seton Hall with 12 scholarship players for next season. It also means that Seton Hall is short on depth at point guard behind Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs. Junior college guard Hakeem Harris and freshman recruit Jaren Sina will look to back up Gibbs, a Scotch Plains (N.J.) native. It now appears even more likely that walk-on point guard (Kent School, Conn.) may see a few minutes at the point.
Per David Pick, Maayan is getting looks from Israeli pro teams Netanya & Holon. He is currently playing in a FIBA u-20 game against Latvia.
Maayan averaged 1.8 ppg and 3.1 apg for Seton Hall as a freshman last season.