Yam
Madar
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 180 lbs
School/Club: Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel) 
Status: Int'l Draft Eligible
Birthday: 12/21/2000

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About Yam Madar 

Yam Madar is a quick and shifty Israeli point guard who amazes with his great passing and handle. He started his pro career in June, 2018, signing a four-year deal with Hapoel Tel Aviv. A month later, Madar recorded a strong performance at the U18 European Championships Division B with the Israeli national team. But the 2019 U20 European Championships was the event where he shined at, having a remarkable all-around showing, teaming with likely high lottery pick Deni Avdija to help Israel to the gold medal. Madar led the event in assists and was the second-best scorer for his team. 

Coming off a perfect summer, Madar enjoyed a bigger role playing with Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Israeli league in the 2019-20 season, started in six games, and doubled most of his stats from the prior season. 

  • Madar possesses good size for his position at 6-foot-3 to go along with an electrifying quickness and developing frame. He is a quick decision maker who has great court vision and ball-handling skills, playing lower and wider with his feet. He makes his teammates better with his excellent play-making ability. He’s a great passer who often surprises the fans with his quick and sharp dimes. 

  • Able to create shots easily thanks to a good combination of speed and handle, Madar has a repertoire from mid-range, using floaters, runners, pull-up jumpers and spin and turn around shots. Driving down the lane, he can finish nicely off the glass, using either hand and is not afraid of taking hard contact. He has room to get more consistent from the three-point line with experience and time. 

Defensive Analysis 

  • Displays very active and quick hands on the defensive end of the floor, coming up with steals. Madar needs to add strength to be more effective in defending stronger opponents down the lane and to keep improving his defensive presence on the floor. 

  • In 21 games in the Israeli league last season, Madar contested the perimeter well, limiting his opponents to 23-for-69 makes from long distance. He has the potential to be a good man-on-man defender thanks to his quickness, active hands and competitive spirit. 

Career Highlights 

  • Has played two seasons for Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel’s top league.
  • Member of Israel’s Senior National Team.
  • Won a gold medal with Israel’s Under-20 team at the 2019 FIBA U-20 European Championship, where he was named to the All-Tournament First Team (15.9 ppg, 7.7 apg).
  • Competed in the 2018 FIBA U-18 Euros (11.4 ppg, 3.0 apg).
  • Played for Israel’s U-18 team in the 2018 Albert Schweitzer Tournament (9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg).

2019-20

  • Made six starts in his 21 appearances with Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League.
  • Averaged 8.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 21.0 minutes.
  • Shot 43.8 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.
  • Produced eight double-digit scoring efforts.
  • Tallied a career-high 20 points and five assists in the season opener vs. Hapoel U-NET Holon (Oct. 5).
  • Recorded a personal-best 10 assists at Nes Ziona (Dec. 23).

Strengths

  • Combo guard with an aggressive mentality.
  • Disruptive defender with active hands.
  • Plays in attack mode at both ends.
  • Shifty penetrator with solid vision.

Personal

  • Father is an attorney and former local government official in their hometown, Beit Dagan, Israel.

Quotable
“Yam has a lot of determination that I’ve seen in very few players in my career. When it comes to [training] and him wanting to improve, Yam is a machine. He is tough like no other. His IQ is extremely high, he is very easy to coach, he knows how to receive criticism and that he needs to work on some things. In my mind, he is the best young player in Israel right now.”
-- Hapoel teammate Jamal Shuler

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Scouting report provided by Carl Berman and Simeon Marinov of NetScouts Basketball