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Visa issues cost former Shocker Gal Mekel a roster spot with Indiana Pacers

Former Shocker Gal Mekel is looking for an NBA home after visa issues forced Indiana to sign a different player.
Former Shocker Gal Mekel is looking for an NBA home after visa issues forced Indiana to sign a different player. AP

Visa problems ruined former Wichita State basketball player Gal Mekel’s chance to sign with the Indiana Pacers, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The Pacers, with a roster full of injured players, turned to A.J. Price instead with their hardship exception.

Dallas waived Mekel, from Israel, earlier this season after he played as a rookie for the Mavericks. Mekel played two seasons with the Shockers, one under Mark Turgeon and one under Gregg Marshall. As a sophomore in 2007-08, he started 26 games and averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 assists.

An early update on the other Shockers in the NBA:

▪  Cleanthony Early played in two of New York’s five games, with a high of seven minutes against Chicago.

▪  Toure Murry has yet to play for the Jazz in five games. Coach Quin Snyder has chosen to make Murry one of his inactive players. NBA teams can carry 15 players, but only 13 are available for each game.

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