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      Christian Watford signs basketball deal with team in Israel

      Christian Watford will begin his pro basketball career in Israel.

      The former Shades Valley star signed with Hapoel Eilat, who is part of Ligat Loto league.

      Watford did not get drafted in this summer's NBA draft but he did play for two summer league teams, with the Dallas Mavericks and the Indiana Pacers.

      The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds last season at Indiana. He helped the Hoosiers to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

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