Tal Brody Basketball Clinic at the Berto Center
February 7, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jewish National Fund Basketball Clinic
At the Bull’s Practice Facility
February 7, 2013 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
A University of Illinois All American in 1965 and member of the ZBT fraternity, Tal Brody joined the Maccabi-Tel Aviv team after leading his United States team to a gold medal in the 1965 Maccabiah Games. Brody led his 1977 Maccabi team to the European Cup Championship. ''The little team that could" won the tournament of 23 national champion teams including Russia’s best, by defeating Italy 78-77, to capture the European title. Upon graduating the University of Illinois, the 6'1 1/2" guard was selected to the All Big Ten First Team, Sporting News Top Ten Collegiate Players and also received All Academic honors. That year, he was the thirteenth pick in the NBA draft, but opted to return to Illinois for his Master’s degree and afterwards chose to pass up the NBA offer and take up the challenge to revolutionize the basketball in Israel and that he did between 1966-68 before being drafted into the US Army where he served primarily on the All-Army and All-Armed Forces basketball teams and chosen with seven of his teammates to play for the USA team to the 1970 World Championships held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After finishing his Military Service, Brody made Aliya to Israel to continue his goal to put Israeli basketball “On the Map”. In 1979, Brody was awarded the Israel Prize, the country's highest civilian honor. In Israel, he is a revered national hero, icon, and legend - a superstar akin to Michael Jordan in the U.S. As Israel's first modern-day sports hero, he is a symbol of the young country's achievements. Brody, who was inducted into the Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame, was recently honored to be one of the 13 International nominees to be inducted into the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.