Former Eagle Standout Kelly McCarty Named MVP Of ULEB Cup
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ? Former Southern Miss basketball standout Kelly McCarty is making a name for himself on the European professional basketball scene.
McCarty recently helped lead his team, Hapoel Jerusalem, to victory in the championship game of the ULEB Cup, one of the more competitive basketball tournaments in Europe. With a team-high 22 points in the 83-72 victory over Real Madrid, McCarty took home tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
The historic win made Hapoel Jerusalem just the second Israeli team ever to win a continental trophy, and in the process, defeated one of the most successful clubs in European basketball history. Along with the victory, Hapoel earned the right to compete in the lucrative Euroleague next season.
McCarty is in his first season with Hapoel and his fifth season overall playing professional basketball in Europe. A four-year letterwinner at Southern Miss (1994-98), McCarty finished his career with 1,390 points, good for 15th all-time in school history. He also pulled down 850 career rebounds and dished out 151 assists. McCarty ranks 10th all-time in field goals attempted (1,244), sixth all-time in rebounds and fifth all-time in blocked shots (128), while also ranking in the career top 10 in minutes played, three-point field goals made and three-point field goals attempted.
Following a one-year stint with the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association, McCarty moved to Israel the next season and started his career in European professional basketball, playing for the Maccabi Raanana (1999-2001), Maccabi Givat Shmuel (2001-03), Maccabi Rishon Lezion (2003) and Hapoel Jerusalem (2004).