Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Jeremiah Massey

Jeremiah Massey (born July 22, 1982 in Detroit, Michigan), is a naturalized Macedonian professional basketball player, originally from the United States. Massey's Macedonian language Cyrillic name transcription is Џеремаја Мејси, and his Latin name transcription is Djeremaja Mejsi. At 6 ft 7 ½ in (2.02 m), weighing 235 lbs. (107 kg), he plays the power forward position. 

He currently plays for Real Madrid, a Spanish professional basketball team. Real competes in the Spanish League and the Euroleague.

He played his college basketball at Kansas State University, playing for the Kansas State Wildcats. He earned the Big 12 newcomer of the year honor in 2004. He was named to the 3rd and 2nd All Big 12 teams in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

He was selected 5th overall in the 2005 USBL draft. He started his professional basketball career in 2005 playing for Gymnastikos S. Larissas, a mid-level team in the Greek League. In 2005-06 season he was the leading rebounder in the Greek League. 

This was the main reason why he was acquired by Aris, one of the top 3 teams in the Greek League, prior to the 2006-07 season. He was declared the most spectacular basketball player of the Euroleague 2006-07 season.

Massey signed a two-year contract extension through the year 2009 with his club Aris in the summer of 2007, but Aris sold his rights to Real Madrid in 2008.

Massey plays internationally for the Macedonian national basketball team, after acquiring Macedonian citizenship in 2008. He has played for Macedonia in the EuroBasket 2009 qualification in September 2008, helping the team to reach the final tournament for the first time since 1999. On the current Eurobasket 2009 he is one of the most competitive players together with Pero Antic who is adored by the Macedonian supporters.

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