Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jewish Sports Future Stars: Version 2016

Today we take a look at the future of Jewish sports. We have searched high and low for the next great Jewish/Israel sports sensations. These are the guys on the cusp of making it big on the next level.

10) Dragan Bender
Bender is NOT Jewish, but he is already an Israeli star. The 7'1 stretch four will be Maccabi Tel Aviv's latest import into the NBA. NBA Mock drafts have him somewhere in between the 3rd-8th pick overall. Being drafted that high will do a lot for Israeli basketball and mean exposure for more Israelis.

9) Max Fried
Fried was the number 7 pick of the 2012 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres. Later traded to the Atlanta Braves, Fried has yet to show the dominance he once promised mainly because he was held back by Tommy John surgery in 2014. There are still high hopes for Fried and last year was rumored as a call-up and future ace. He is currently pitching for the Rome Braves.


8) Noam Dar
If you read this blog you know I love professional wrestling. What is even better is when Israelis are the ones doing it. TGR recently posted an interview with Dar and his climb to the WWE. He is currently appearing in the Cruiserweight Championship Series but with WWE investing in independent talent, its only a matter of time before Dar is in the squared circle grappling with some of the best.

7) TJ Cline
You might notice the last name because TJ is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman (formerly Cline). Cline is a late bloomer but came on very strong last season to average over 18 ppg for Richmond. He will return for his senior year but with Cline representing two of the NBA's hottest trends the Stretch Four and Mid Majors in the NBA, he has a shot.

6) Rhett Wiseman
Wiseman was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 3rd round of the 2015 MLB draft. He is in A ball now but has shown promise. The Vanderbilt standout is only 21 and stands 6'1 200lbs.  This season he is batting .273 with 4 HRs for Hagerstown.

Daniel Braverman

5) Daniel Braverman
Maybe we are cheating on this one because Braverman was already drafted by the Chicago Bears, but he makes the list because he has yet to play a down. If you follow him on Twitter () you will quickly learn about his work habits and why he is being compared to Julian Edelman and Wes Welker. Braverman should make the Bears and has potential to make an impact immediately.

4) Zach Borenstein
Borenstein was drafted in 2011 in the 23rd round of the MLB drafted by the Angels. He has climbed his way up to AAA with the Diamondbacks and is on the verge of being called up. He is batting .289 in Reno after tearing up AA last year. Borenstein could be an impact Major League outfielder.

 TJ Leaf

3) TJ Leaf
UCLA watch out. The Jewish sports stars keep coming in. TJ Leaf a 6'10 Israeli-American baller is headed to the Bruins. Leaf originally committed to Arizona but eventually decided on UCLA. Check out more HERE. HIGH hopes for Leaf!

2) Josh Rosen
Certainly, Rosen could have been number 1 but he will have at least two more years in college. The pure Freshman showed tremendous potential for UCLA last season. Many project him to be a 1st round draft pick in the NFL someday. Great arm and star quality moxie.

1) Alex Bregman
The #2 pick of the 2015 MLB draft (only Ron Blomberg was drafted higher). He is the future star or major trade piece for the Houston Astros. We even expect him to be a late season call up. Bregman has star quality written all over him. This year he is batting .299 with 12 HRs. If Carlos Correa wasn't in front of him he would maybe be up in the bigs already.

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