Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is pleased to announce that American forward Nik Caner-Medley (29, 6' 8") has signed for two years with the club.
Since 2007, Caner-Medley has played in the Spanish League – the strongest in Europe. He has a solid left-handed shot from three point range, plays a tough and extremely active game, creates opportunities with muscular drives to the basket and is one of the leading rebounders in Europe in his position. He plays with a lot of passion and enthusiasm, and always develops a strong connection with the local fans.
Caner-Medley played for four years at the University of Maryland. In his final season with the Terrapins he posted impressive averages of 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. In the summer of 2006 he was signed by the Detroit Pistons, with whom he played a summer season until a stress fracture in his foot put him out of commission for several months. In February of 2007 he joined the Artland Dragons of Germany, which he led to the team's first-ever appearance in the playoff finals.
After a brief term in the NBA's Development League, Caner-Medley moved to Spain for the 2007 – 2008 season, playing for Kalise Gran Canaria, which also took part in the Eurocup. In thatleague he contributed an average of 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Caner-Medley played the 2008 – 2009 season with Cajasol Sevilla, where he averaged 10.7 points per game. His next team was Estudiantes Madrid, where he enjoyed two fantastic seasons during which he was twice chosen MVP of the Month in the Spanish League. In his second season with the club he posted averages of 14.4 points and 7.6 rebounds and finished first in the league's overall index ranking with 17.6 index points per game. He was also the top rebounder in the league, and was named to the Spanish League's first team that season. He averaged 12.4 points and took 7 rebounds in the Eurocup and was named to the All-Eurocup Second Team.
Last season, 2011 – 2012, the talented American moved to Valencia for his fifth straight season in Spain. He led the team to the Eurocup Final against Khimki Moscow, where he finished with a very impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, scoring 11 for 11 from the foul line and making 3 blocks; all of which added up to an index score of 38 points. Still, Khimki ended up taking the title with a 77 – 68 victory over Valencia.
Caner-Medley finished the season with Eurocup averages of 13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and an index of 16.9 (third in the league), stats which earned him a spot on the All-Eurocup First Team. He was ranked ninth in the Spanish League with an average index of 15.6; he also claimed ninth place for points averaged (13.2) and seventh place for rebounds (6.8), while leading Valencia to the league's semi-final playoffs.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt had this to say about the team's newest member: "Nik is an excellent addition to the club, both as a player and as an individual. He is exactly what we were looking for in the number 4 spot after losing David Blu; he will be a huge advantage for us with his inside game and his outside shooting ability. He plays excellent, aggressive defense and his characteristic enthusiasm will also be an asset. We've been looking at him for several years now, and I'm happy we've been able to bring him to Maccabi."