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John DiBartolomeo (Hebrew: ג'ון דיברתולומיאו‎; born June 20, 1991) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball at the University of Rochester, where he starred in his four seasons with the Yellow Jackets, and was dubbed "one of the best players in the University of Rochester men's basketball history".[1] DiBartolomeo played professional basketball in Spain and Israel, where he was named the Israeli League Regular Season MVP and Israeli League Cup MVP in 2017 and the Israeli League Final Four MVP in 2019.

John DiBartolomeo
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DiBartolomeo with Maccabi Tel Aviv in March 2018
No. 12 – Maccabi Tel Aviv
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1991-06-20) June 20, 1991 (age 28)
New York, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican / Israeli
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolStaples (Westport, Connecticut)
CollegeRochester (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2015Palma Air Europa
2015–2017Maccabi Haifa
2017–presentMaccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

DiBartolomeo was born in New York,[2] to an Italian Catholic father, and a Russian-Jewish mother.[3]

College careerEdit

DiBartolomeo averaged 17.8 points per game during his four-year college basketball career at the NCAA Division 3 program Rochester, scoring 1,779 career points, which ranked him third in the school's history. His 533 career assists and 201 career steals were second on Rochester's all-time list.[4] He concluded his college career as the 2013 D3hoops.com and 2013 DIII News Player of the Year, while earning spots on the NABC, D3hoops.com, DIII News, USBWA All-America First Teams.[5] He also garnered Rochester's Louis Alexander Alumni Award[6] and was named Paychex Local Male College Athlete of the Year, which was presented by the Rochester Press Radio Club.[7]

Reflecting on DiBartolomeo's college career, Rochester head coach, Luke Flockerzi, stated in October 2015: "John was truly a special player for us at Rochester. He is simply the hardest-working and most-dedicated player I’ve ever coached. His humility drives him, and has created a work ethic that is unmatched."[8]

Professional careerEdit

Palma Air Europa (2013–2015)Edit

In August 2013, DiBartolomeo signed a three-year deal with the Spanish club CAI Zaragoza. He was later loaned by Zaragoza to Palma Air Europa of the LEB Plata (Spanish 3rd Division), for the 2013–14 season. In 33 games played with Palma, in the 2013–14 season, he averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.

He returned to Palma for the 2014–15 season, after helping the club earn a league promotion to the LEB Oro (Spanish 2nd Division). In 28 games played with Palma, in the 2014–15 season, he averaged 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.

Maccabi Haifa (2015–2017)Edit

 
DiBartolomeo with Maccabi Haifa in September 2015

On June 17, 2015, DiBartolomeo signed a two-year deal with the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa.[9][10] after his contract with Zaragoza, who still owned his rights, was bought out.[11] On February 6, 2016, DiBartolomeo recorded a season-high 22 points in a 91-56 win over Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv. DiBartolomeo, who made 5/7 shots from 3-point territory, was elected co-MVP of the game, alongside his teammate Gregory Vargas.[12]

On December 25, 2016, DiBartolomeo recorded a career-high 35 points, shooting 11-of-14 from the field, along with 7 rebounds and 5 steals in a 93–85 win over Hapoel Eilat. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 11 MVP.[13] In 2016-17, he averaged 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game in regular season, before stepping up in the playoffs, where he tallied 19.2 points, 3.5 boards and 3.0 assists per contest, steering Maccabi Haifa to the championship game. Despite falling short to Hapoel Jerusalem in the title game, DiBartolomeo was named Israeli League MVP for the 2016-17 season.[14][15]

Maccabi Tel Aviv (2017–present)Edit

2017–18 seasonEdit

On June 21, 2017, DiBartolomeo signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[16] On October 5, 2017, DiBartolomeo led Maccabi to win the 2017 Israeli League Cup by averaging 15.3 points, 5 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. DiBartolomeo was subsequently named the Tournament MVP.[17] On January 22, 2018, DiBartolomeo was named Maccabi's team captain, replacing Itay Segev.[18][19] On June 8, 2018, DiBartolomeo earned a spot in the All-Israeli League Second Team.[20] DiBartolomeo helped Maccabi to win the 2018 Israeli League Championship.

2018–19 seasonEdit

On October 22, 2018, DiBartolomeo recorded a season-high 22 points, shooting 6-of-13 from the field, along with seven rebounds and two assists in a 66–64 win over Hapoel Be'er Sheva.[21] On November 1, 2018, DiBartolomeo was named Israeli League Player of the Month after averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals in four games played in October.[22] On June 13, 2019, DiBartolomeo led Maccabi to their 53rd Israeli League title after defeating Maccabi Rishon LeZion 89–75 in the final. He scored 15 points by playing 18 minutes off the bench and was named the Final Four MVP.[23]

National team careerEdit

DiBartolomeo is a member of the senior Israel national basketball team. On September 6, 2018, he made his first appearance for the Israeli team in a 91–73 win over Russia, recording 12 points off the bench.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high     Led the league

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2017–18 Maccabi 28 6 12.8 .325 .286 .808 1.6 1.4 .5 .0 3.3 3.0
2018–19 Maccabi 29 2 10.2 .360 .344 .810 1.4 1.1 .4 .0 4.7 4.1
Career 57 8 11.4 .345 .324 .809 1.5 1.2 .5 .0 4.0 3.5

Domestic LeaguesEdit

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14   Palma Air Europa LEB Plata 33 31.2 .474 .422 .868 3.5 4.6 1.5 0 15.0
2014–15 LEB Oro 29 27.4 .408 .398 .890 4.1 2.2 1.6 0 11.4
2015–16   Maccabi Haifa IPL 37 26.2 .405 .368 .695 3.3 2.4 2.0 0 9.4
2016–17 33 28.0 .493 .435 .901 3.7 2.9 1.7 0 12.5
2017–18   Maccabi Tel Aviv 34 26.7 .469 .435 .803 3.2 2.5 1.5 .1 10.2
2018–19 36 22.5 .432 .353 .885 3.1 2.8 1.3 .1 11.3

Source: RealGM

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ https://www.makorrishon.co.il/culture/61439/
  3. ^ "OPEN MIKE with Michael Roll: John DiBartolomeo". YouTube.com. October 16, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "DiBartolomeo shoots his way to Spain pro league". The Hour. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  5. ^ "DiBartolomeo Taking Hoops Talents to Israel". University of Rochester. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  6. ^ "2013 Athletic Award Winners Announced". University of Rochester. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  7. ^ "Woodson among Press-Radio Club award honorees | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information". www.rbj.net. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  8. ^ "Former Rochester Standout John DiBartolomeo Featured on D3hoops.com Playing L.A. Lakers - UAA". uaasports.info. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  9. ^ "Maccabi Haifa signs John DiBartolomeo with a two-year contract". Sportando.com. June 17, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
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  11. ^ Di Bartolomeo no jugará con el Palma Air Europa (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "Winner League, Game 19: M. Haifa Vs M. Tel-Aviv". basket.co.il. February 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "מצטיין המחזור ה-11: ג'ון דיברתולומיאו". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). December 27, 2016.
  14. ^ "Former UR Basketball star wins Israeli League MVP". WHEC News10NBC. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
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  16. ^ "Maccabi signs Israeli League MVP DiBartolomeo". Euroleague.net. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "בפעם השביעית: גביע ווינר סל לצהובים". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). October 5, 2017.
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  20. ^ "חמישיית העונה בליגת ווינר סל 2017/18". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  21. ^ "Winner League, Game 3: M. Tel-Aviv Vs Be'er Sheva". basket.co.il. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  22. ^ "שחקן חודש אוקטובר: ג'ון דיברתולומיאו". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
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  24. ^ "מקום לאופטימיות: 71:93 ענק לישראל על רוסיה". one.co.il (in Hebrew). September 6, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.

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