Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)
Position: PG
Hometown: Safed, Israel
Current Team: Ironi Nahariya
Win - Loss: 11 - 4


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Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Jun 02, 2007, 08:32 pm
…Yogev Ohayon, who stepped up this last week to lead Galil Elyon to the Israeli League semifinals. Ohayon matched his scoring career-high with 24 points in the penultimate game of the regular season, a decisive showdown against the other contender for that last semifinal spot, Ironi Nahariya. He also added 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. A few days later, he recorded a career-high 11 assists to go along with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals to solidify the semifinal appearance. Actually, Ohayon has enjoyed a strong final rush in the regular season, with 17.7 ppg in the last four games.

Ohayon is very much the same played we saw at the 2005 U-18 European Championship, a classic distributing point guard with limited physical and athletic gifts, but more than enough talent to effectively run a team’s offense.

At 6-2, the lefty Israeli playmaker is a bit undersized and not particularly athletic. He won’t light up most defenders with his quickness, but relies on his very solid skill repertoire to get the job done (even if sometimes it’s not enough). A very nice ball-handler, Ohayon uses both hands and a variety of direction changes to beat his opponents, particularly crossover moves and reverses, showing excellent footwork in the process. He’s a poised and smart player who rarely gets out of control and likes to involve his teammates in the offense. Yogev enjoys remarkable court vision that he puts on display to feed his distributing vocation. His ability to dish assists off the dribble after beating his match-up and force defensive rotations is beautiful. But he can also play from the perimeter, feeding the big guys and generating ball movement. All in all, he has the makings of a real floor general.

Ohayon can score points as well. He has been steadily improving his perimeter stroke over the past few seasons, although there’s still work to do. Anyway, he shows nice quick mechanics to release the ball. He’s rather effective from the mid-range area, even shooting off-the-dribble. Around the basket, he’s quite skilled delivering left-handed layups. Not the best defender around, he logically suffers from his physical shortcomings, but still he does a decent job.

Obviously this doesn’t look like the profile of a NBA player. But still, it’s fair to expect Ohayon to become a very nice player in Europe, even a premier point guard if he maximizes his potential.

Blogging Through Israel (part one)

Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt
Nov 07, 2006, 07:15 pm
Casspi’s teammate Yogev Ohayon is a 6’2” point guard that plays on Israel’s U19 team. He’s not much of an NBA prospect right now, but he is very skilled for a younger player. Ohayon is good off the dribble, and is able to get into the paint very well with his changes of speed and direction. He passes very well in the half-court, and often gets rebounds over much bigger players. On the defensive end, Ohayon is very active in the passing lanes and creates turnovers by always being in the right spot. His main weakness at this point is his perimeter shooting. Ohayon lacks lift on his shot, and his stroke is very inconsistent. He also dribbles the ball high, which isn’t a weakness at this point, but might turn into a problem against more athletic players. Ohayon finished the game with 12 points on 4/9 from the field and 4/6 from the free throw line. He also had 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals, and 2 turnovers.

The European Junior (U-18) Championships: The Point Guards

Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Aug 15, 2005, 05:02 am
Most basketball fans, and you can count me among them, greatly value players who are capable of creating offense for their teammates. It’s the beauty of this game, a team sport where the strength of a squad should be greater than the simple addition of the individual members. Ohayon is a perfect example of a distributing point guard who is capable of making that kind of equation possible. It was becoming rarer in basketball to see players developing in this direction for a while, but a bit en vogue now that Steve Nash is showing what this kind of player can mean to a team.

Being a left-handed player that shows a special flair and poise evolving on the court, sometimes reminding style-wise a bit of other lefties such as Pepe Sánchez, Yogev Ohayon is an excellent ball distributor, a consummated passer with great court vision and good decision making skills. The kind of player you want running your team’s offense. He topped the assist rank in Belgrade.

Perhaps Yogev isn’t the quickest or most explosive player seen here, but the decent athleticism he features is maximized with his excellent footwork and ball-handling skills. He’s able to beat his matchup off the dribble and easily reach the proximities of the rim, using direction changes, even reverse movements in traffic, and a low dribble which he always keeps balanced. Once the opposing team’s defensive structure is broken, he easily feeds the open man, or delivers a mid-range jumper. Even if this is his specialty, he’s not only an off-the-dribble creator, as he can find a good option from the perimeter as well. He’s equally reliable on the break, always looking to secure the two points with simple, but effective passes.

He’s more limited as a scorer. Not enjoying great size, he has trouble finishing near the basket against opposition. Perhaps he lacks a bit of a soft touch to try more elaborate layups. Besides, he’s still not reliable shooting off the dribble, increasing his accuracy significantly in static situations. Anyway, his mechanics are pretty nice, even if his release is a bit slow.

On defense, he features rather good lateral mobility, although perhaps he lacks a bit of explosiveness in the first reaction, which makes him suffer at times against the quickest guards.

All in all, he’s not the prototypical player that a league like the NBA looks for, as the first cut is usually made based on certain physical and athletic requirements that Yogev may be missing at the moment. For the European competition, he seems to have a bright future, and his talent could carry him even further with the proper work and development.

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