Ryan Turell , 23, is a professional basketballer who plays forward for the Motor City Cruise, an affiliate of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Yeshiva University in the Skyline Conference; he led Yeshiva to one of the longest winning streaks in NCAA Division III men’s college basketball history. Turell was selected in Round 1 of the 2022 NBA G League Draft. He wears a yarmulke while playing and says he’ll play on Shabbat, but will walk to the venues where the games (and practices) take place.
Quote: “Being the first Orthodox Jew in the NBA would mean the world to me, and a dream come true, God willing,” he said. “But, just as importantly, it would mean the world to others that never saw this as a possibility.”
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