Emerson alumnus signs with Hapoel Eilat in Israel


Geoff Gray ’19 (center, No. 3) signed a one year contract with Israeli Basketball Premier League team Hapoel Eilat. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor

One of the college’s most dominant basketball players will be taking his skills to the Israeli Basketball Premier League this upcoming season. 

Geoff Gray ‘19 announced via Twitter on Friday that he had signed a one-year contract with Hapoel Eilat of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. The terms of the contract have not yet been released. As of Wednesday, the team lists Gray on its online roster as a starting point guard.

Gray declined to comment.

Emerson College men’s basketball head coach Bill Curley could not immediately be reached for comment.  

Gray averaged 15.8 points per game with 46 percent shooting while at Emerson. The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference named Gray to the NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference his junior year and to the NEWMAC First Team All-Conference his senior year.

Gray holds the program record for most points scored in a single game at 47, a feat he earned last season in a conference game against Babson College. He also recorded the program’s first triple-double of 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a non-conference game against Newbury College last season.

Gray also led the Lions to its first NEWMAC championship win and to the first round of the NCAA Division III playoff tournament last season with 15 points, eight assists, and nine rebounds in the conference championship game. During that game, Gray passed Ken LaFlamme ‘97 on the 1,000-point club to become a top-five all-time scorer at Emerson. 

According to a Boston Globe article, Gray is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, which allows Hapoel Eilat to sign him without using any of its six given foreign player slots. 

Gray will play his first game with Hapoel Eilat Oct. 7 against Ironi Nahariya in the Israeli Winner League.