Turk Telekom Transfer Watch
The latest addition to the 2020-21 Turk Telekom roster was Johnny O'Bryant who started the season at Crvena Zvezda. The 27-year-old center averaged 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague with the Serbian powerhouse.
The Ankara club had just previously signed Marcus Foster, who started the season at Panathinaikos. The 25-year-old guard averaged 5.3 points and 1.5 assists per game in the Greek Basket League with 6.0 points and 1.1 assists per game in the EuroLeague. Foster has previous experience in the BCL with Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon, and averaged 17.8 points and 3.8 assists in the 2019-20 Regular Season.
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Previously, Turk Telekom brought back Nick Johnson, who spent last season with the Ankara club but went into free agency in the summer. The 27-year-old guard averaged 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in Turk Telekom's maiden BCL campaign, as one of their most efficient players.
Yine yeniden bizimle👊 Ailemize tekrardan hoşgeldin Nick Johnson🤙 pic.twitter.com/Mmg8kZxFI3— Türk Telekom SK (@TurkTelekom_SK) October 27, 2020
The Ankara team had previously penned a deal with Butler graduate Kamar Baldwin, who is commencing his pro career in the Turkish league and the BCL. In his senior year with the Bulldogs in the NCAA, the 22-year-old point guard averaged 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Earlier in the summer, the Ankara club stole the transfer market limelight by announcing two high-profile new arrivals within minutes of each other, as both former Houston Rockets forward Sam Dekker and former LA Lakers guard Tyler Ennis joined the Ankara club.
Dekker, who has also played for the Clippers, Washington and Cleveland, first arrived to Europe a year ago, after agreeing terms with Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban.
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The 26-year-old American averaged 11.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in the 2019-20 VTB United League, while in the Eurocup his numbers went up to 13.1 points and 5.4 boards per game.
Meanwhile Ennis, whose older brother Dylan plays for BCL Group B contenders Casademont Zaragoza (Turk Telecom were drawn in Group C), played briefly for another Turkish side, Fenerbahce, back in 2018-19 after parting ways with the Lakers. Ennis returned to the US and spent the last season with Raptors 905 in the G League, where he averaged 17.2 points and 7.5 assists per game.
Turk Telekom replaced the departing Moustapha Fall in impressive fashion, by landing freshly-crowned Spanish champion Micheal Eric. The Nigerian international however departed Ankara on February 10th, to join CSKA Moscow.
Michael Eric'e kulübümüze verdiği hizmetlerden dolayı teşekkür ederiz. Oyuncuya Euroleague serüveninde ve bundan sonraki kariyerinde başarılar dileriz. pic.twitter.com/VwUlJuOevb— Türk Telekom SK (@TurkTelekom_SK) February 10, 2021
The Ankara club have also made a clear choice to bolster their Turkish core with players that have already accumulated considerable experience but are still at an age which gives them plenty of room to develop.
The most representative new signing in that sense is point guard Can Korkmaz, who arrived from new BCL participants Galatasaray. Korkmaz averaged 6.8 points and 2.1 assists per game in the 2019-20 Turkish BSL league.
Geçtiğimiz sezon Beşiktaş Sompo Sigorta forması giyen Samet Geyik'i renklerimize bağladık! Ailemize hoş geldin Samet Geyik 👏 pic.twitter.com/QbnzffesQB— Türk Telekom SK (@TurkTelekom_SK) June 25, 2020
Another player to join the Ankara club from an Istanbul rival is Samet Geyik, who spent the last three seasons at Besiktas. The 27-year-old power forward averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebound per game in the 2019-20 BCL with the black-white Eagles.
Turk Telekom made certain early on in the summer to extend the contract of head coach Burak Goren, as well as the contracts of two players who enjoyed a great campaign under Goren's guidance last year in both the BCL and the BSL, Canadian international Kyle Wiltjer and Turkish star Muhammed Baygul.