First Stage of the Turkish Youth League

The Turkish Basketball Youth League started on February 9th! This year, Turkey is using a different way to hold the tournament due to COVID. There are two groups of 10 teams who will each go to Bolu for three days to play against three teams. On February 9-11, group A played their first three games. On February 16-18, group B played their first three games. Each group will go to Bolu in March and April to finish the season. In this series, there will be notes from some players that stood out during the first stage.

Enes Bayraktar

Born: April 4, 2002
Team: Anadolu Efes
Position: PG
Archetype: Playmaking driver
Stats: 3 games, 20 minutes, 10,6 points, 8,3 assists, 2,6 rebounds, 2,6 steals, 3,3 turnovers, 10/21 2PTS, 1/8 3PTS, 9/11 FT
Stage 1 rating: 3/5

Playing as a primary playmaker for Anadolu Efes’ youth categories for a long time, Enes Bayraktar did a good job adjusting the Efes offense. He displayed his combination of advanced court vision, gravity passing, and good feel to make it easier for teammates to finish. He delivered the ball with fantastic accuracy but sometimes made too many gambles in the defense’s passing lanes. While he showed good first step and changing direction, he struggled to finish around the basket due to a lack of soft/solid touch and vertical leaping. He showed off defensive skills in passing lanes and perimeter. This was all put together by his high-motor, hand-eye coordination and game feel. So his stats were good but why wasn’t I impressed a lot by his three games? To be honest, I didn’t see anything new from his skill-set. Of course, it was super important that he did a good job on finding open man, creating passing windows, and attacking the basket but he still has some notable issues with shooting, finishing, consistent defending, and handling.

Koralp Türk

Born: January 2, 2003
Team: Anadolu Efes
Position: Forward
Archetype: 3&D plus post-up scoring
Stats: 3 games, 20 minutes, 13 points, 0,6 assists, 4,3 rebounds, 1,1 steals, 0,3 turnovers, 10/18 2PTS, 6/14 3PTS, 1/1 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Koralp Türk has been one of my favorite Turkish prospects for the last two years due to his spacing threat and post-up skills. However, he didn’t do a perfect job shooting the ball until this tournament. He excelled at spot-up 3-point shots from both corners, displayed his refined footwork and body movement on post-ups, and played physically. He isn’t a slasher or ball mover and it was important that he didn’t go for unusual things for his skill-set. I mean, he didn’t force the game, did what he should do. Türk was able to move off the ball to get the ball down low and then quickly scored on drop-step or shoulder fake hook shot. Defensively, he played decently. He didn’t use his wide and strong frame too much and this was a problem on the Efes’ rim protection but his perimeter rotation and post-up defense IQ were pretty important in my opinion.

Tarık Sezgün

Born: April 1, 2001
Team: Anadolu Efes
Position: Center
Archetype: Catch and finish scoring shot creator
Stats: 3 games, 21 minutes, 14,3 points, 1,3 assists, 5,6 rebounds, 2 steals, one block, 2,3 turnovers, 18/25 2PTS, 0/5 3PTS, 7/9 FT
Stage 1 rating: 3/5

Tarık Sezgün, one of the most valuable assets potentially, filled his stat-sheet with dazzling numbers during his three-day adventure in Bolu, but I don’t think he had a very glamorous tournament in terms of eye-test. I can define him as a valuable potential due to his shot, rim protection, and interior scoring. However, he was pretty bad at shooting the ball. He used his physical advantage while scoring as a lob target, catch and finish scorer, and dunker spot man. It was important that his clear finishing, physicality, and explosive athleticism brought tons of advantages to the Efes on both sides of the court, however, as a scout, I would like to see Sezgün’s shot more than his free space dunks/post-up scoring. Because he already has been doing those things… He was active in passing lanes and energetic on the glass. He showed some flashes of drop defense in PnRs and perfect transition defense.

Tolga Kay

Born: January 1, 2004
Team: Anadolu Efes
Position: Guard
Archetype: Energetic defending slasher
Stats: 3 games, 15 minutes, 7,3 points, 2,3 assists, 0,6 rebounds, 2,3 steals, 1,3 turnovers, 7/13 2PTS, 1/5 3PTS, 5/6 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

I have scouted Tolga Kay’s basketball abilites for two times and to be honest, I wasn’t impressed a lot. However, he excelled at the first stage of the Turkish Basketball Youth League in my opinion. Bringing tons of energy from the bench, Kay’s game revolved around creating passing windows and slashing as a secondary ballhandler. While he didn’t shot the ball, his burst, solid first step, changing direction, advanced dribble moves, and ability to draws the defense created spacing for the Efes offense. His inside hand finishing and solid playmaking ability were also important on offense. Defensively, he was super active in the passing lane, displayed his game feel and hand-eye coordination very well. His transition running and moves in fast-paced game were other pluses that he had from this tournament.

Zekeriya Yiğit Tekin

Born: May 13, 2004
Team: Anadolu Efes
Position: Guard
Archetype: Playmaking slasher
Stats: 3 games, 17 minutes, 9,6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1,3 steals, 0,6 turnovers, 8/12 2PTS, 3/5 3PTS, 4/8 FT
Stage 1 rating: 5/5

I’m impressed a lot by all things that Zekeriya Yiğit Tekin did in this tournament. Truth be told, his shot wasn’t perfect but high volume more efficient rule was perfect fit for his shot. Shooting with compact one motion quick release form, Tekin did a good job to hit catch-and-shoots. He was able to show off some versatile finishing skills like bump and fade, soft-touched high releasing layups, and aggressive slashes despite being young against some physical defenders. He ran the floor to score in transition and displayed average at best playmaking skills. The Turkish guard was able to find the open man in live dribble situations and find a cutter from top of the key. He exhibited fairly good defense. While it was easy to dislodge him in 1v1 situations with space, he did a good job tagging and recovering, making fantastic rotations around the perimeter, and staying energetic on off the ball plays.

Ahmet Safa Yılmaz

Born: August 6, 2001
Team: Bahçeşehir Koleji
Position: Center
Archetype: Traditional offensive bucket-getter
Stats: 3 games, 31 minutes, 13,6 points, 3,3 assists, 6,3 rebounds, 0,6 steals, 2 turnovers, 15/32 2PTS, 2/8 3PTS, 5/9 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Playing his first season with Bahçeşehir Koleji, undersized big man Ahmet Safa Yılmaz displayed why he is really similar to Nikola Jokić. Okay, he isn’t Jokić, not close. However, his post-up skills, advanced passes, fantastic reads, and slow moves remind me of Jokić. Also, it is true that he likes Jokić. He did what he does all of his career at the best level: generate scoring with post games, advanced reads behind the 3-point line and around the baseline, and interior defense. While he was struggling to make a huge impact against the best rim protector, Ege Demir, he did a good job against other rim protectors. He was good as a catch-and-finish scorer on the interior besides his good post games. As a driver, he isn’t super quick but he has a good handle on the ball for his size. Yılmaz rarely uses shifty dribbles but it’s good enough for his overall game skills. He tried eight shots and hit two. His form still looks problematic in terms of lower body mechanics but his release point, timing, and elbow consistency were promising in my opinion.

Ata Ülkü Özben

Born: November 2, 2002
Team: Bahçeşehir
Position: Guard
Archetype: Pure shooter
Stats: 3 games, 30 minutes, 18,3 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 1,3 steals, 1 turnover, 8/16 2PTS, 11/27 3PTS, 6/7 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

If there was be a MIP award for this tournament, Ata Ülkü Özben would win. He unexpectedly did a fantastic job on offense. He excelled at creating his shot, hit shots in catch-and-shot situations, and showed advanced dribble moves to go to the basket. His unorthodox shot form is created by his low release, quick trigger, impressive bending, mini dip, and good mentality. He displayed some solid playmaking skills throughout the tournament. He passed the ball perfectly off the dribble as well as in transition situations. Also, he showed fantastic timing in drive-and-kick situations and post entry passes. One thing that I can say positively on his defense is he was super active and willing to come to the table with steals and deflections. However, he made too many gambles and this was a problem.

Samet Yiğitoğlu

Born: March 10, 2004
Team: Beşiktaş
Position: Center
Archetype: Glass cleaning catch and finish scorer
Stats: 3 games, 25 minutes, 9,3 points, 0,3 assists, 8,3 rebounds, 0,6 steals, 4,3 turnovers, 13/16 2PTS, 0/0 3PTS, 2/7 FT
Stage 1 rating: 3/5

Coming from Kayseri, 7-foot big man Samet Yiğitoğlu played his first professional basketball tournament in his career. So naturally, he was raw in terms of advanced moves. I mean, he didn’t show any tricks as a post-up scorer, pick-and-roll man, rim protector, etc. but when he found his angle, he didn’t make any mistakes in score production. He showed off his fantastic touch in the air and willingness to play as a team player. He made many mistakes in catching and throwing the ball but I believe that he will be better. Yiğitoğlu is a value with high potential in my opinion.

Emir Arda Sivas

Born: January 1, 2005
Team: Gaziantep
Position: Guard
Archetype: Shifty playmaking slasher
Stats: 3 games, 22 minutes, 5,3 points, 4 assists, 3,3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1,6 turnovers, 8/13 2PTS, 0/15 3PTS, 0/1 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Emir Arda Sivas is Turkish Jean Montero. He possesses advanced dribble moves and tricky handling skills. He showed some range, shooting way beyond the line but his lack of strength hurt him a lot. I believe he will improve as he gains strength. I don’t think he has serious issues with his shooting form; good release point, consistent elbow movement, decent lower body mechanics, and soft-touch in the air. He was good at running the pick-and-roll, showed ability coming off screens and attacking closeouts/mismatch defense with reading the defender. He excelled at finishing around the rim occasionally, but lack of strength hurt him a lot. Sivas did a perfect job as a playmaker, he created tons of passing windows due to his gravity effect, fantastic court vision, and versatile passing skills. He was super active and smart in passing lanes, made excellent reads, and reacts to steal the ball and start the transition offense.

Arda Duraklar

Born: January 1, 2004
Team: Gelişim Koleji
Position: Center
Archetype: Playmaking glass cleaner
Stats: 3 games, 21 minutes, 10,6 points, 1,2 assists, 5,6 rebounds, 1,3 steals, 1,3 turnovers, 15/29 2PTS, 0/1 3PTS, 2/5 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Arda Duraklar is a center and excels as a post-up player. However, I did like what he did as a pick-and-roll scorer and passer. He was doing good passes in short rolling and showed good reads. He found the cutter or shooter with passes out of the post. Duraklar has a really good air pass. He was a ground-bound finisher, displayed good touch on both hands, and made the right decisions on his finishes. As a defender, as it can be seen on his stat-sheet, he wasn’t very effective.

Özgür Cengiz

Born: April 18, 2005
Team: Gelişim Koleji
Position: Guard
Archetype: Two-way scheme changer
Stats: 3 games, 26 minutes, 12,3 points, 4 assists, 3,3 rebounds, 2 steals, 3,6 turnovers, 8/15 2PTS, 5/17 3PTS, 6/9 FT
Stage 1 rating: 5/5

Özgür Cengiz was one of my two favorite players from this tournament. He was the #1 prospect on my 2005 born Turkish prospect list and still is. Playing with crazy energy, IQ, and shiftiness, Cengiz did a perfect job of attacking closeouts. He combined his soft first step with fantastic shifty dribble moves, soft-touch in the air, body positioning, and advanced crossovers. He was a particularly quick and smooth athlete who can finish it with a floater, layup, hard big releasing touches, short-range shot and mid-range shot. Cengiz wasn’t a perfect shooter but showed promise due to his compact and solid shooting form. He was fantastically capable in drive and kick situations, making difficult passes, finding the open teammate who waits for the ball in the weak side, and creating space for the dunker spot. Occasionally, he showed good reads and passes in pick-and-roll plays. The downside, he was fairly turnover prone through three games due to lack of elite size and frame. Defensively, he was able to intercept a bad pass to get a steal, showed good rotations around the perimeter to protect the basket, and was an important piece of Gelişim Koleji’s pressure defense due to his crazy eye-hand coordination and high-motor.

Ata Can Atsüren

Born: April 4, 2002
Team: TOFAŞ
Position: Guard
Archetype: Catch-and-shooter
Stats: 3 games, 29 minutes, 11 points, 2,3 assists, 4,3 rebounds,1,6 steals, 3 turnovers, 5/17 2PTS, 6/13 3PTS, 5/6 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Ata Can Atsüren did a good job spotting up 3-point shots and operating the mid-range game. He showed some good reads in drive-and-kick situations and also was doing a good job as a third man on attacking the closeouts. His solid shooting form and good team awareness already make him a decent role player in my opinion.

Berke Büyüktuncel

Born: September 2, 2004
Team: TOFAŞ
Position: Forward
Archetype: Multi-positional basketball player
Stats: 2 games, 28 minutes, 13 points, 2,5 assists, 8,5 rebounds, 1,5 steals, 4,5 turnovers, 4/10 2PTS, 3/6 3PTS, 9/12 FT
Stage 1 rating: 5/5

Berke Büyüktuncel is the best player in this tournament. I’m not saying that “he was the best player”. I’m saying that he has the best potential and skill-set. Because he is an aggressive slasher, decent shooter, fantastic athlete, and a good team player. So before this tournament, my expectations from him were super high but he had very bad first game. However, he did an excellent job on his second game. He was the major factor on both sides of the court: fantastic blocks, multipositional defensive coverages, critical 3-point hits, excellent passes, good interior scoring, and aggressive slashing. He didn’t play in the last game. Besides this tournament, Büyüktuncel is a terrific slasher thanks to his combination of quickness, shiftiness, and length. He has an elite first step, is able to show advanced dribble moves, and can finish aggressively. He still improves as a shooter and showed good flashes in this regard in this tournament. He’s an all-around defender, fantastic rebounder, and smart defender.

Bülent Hamza Çelik

Born: June 16, 2003
Team: TOFAŞ
Position: Forward
Archetype: Point forward
Stats: 3 games, 26 minutes, 10,3 points, 1,3 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1,3 turnovers, 6/12 2PTS, 6/15 3PTS, 1/2 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Fitting the modern-era of basketball’s most common mod, Bülent Hamza Çelik displayed an all-around game. While he shoots well in catch-and-shoot situations with the two-motion form that’s catalyzed by compact release, perfect lower body preparation, and shot selection, was also effective on attacking closeouts due to solid first step and strong frame. He didn’t have good touch around the rim, and also, is absolutely not a playmaker but his impact as a point forward allowed a lot of space to TOFAŞ’s other scoring machines. He used his combination of length and timing to contest shots and was good in the pick-and-roll situations due to backpedaling and move reaction.

Ege Demir

Born: August 15, 2004
Team: TOFAŞ
Position: Center
Archetype: Athletic finishing elite rim protector
Stats: 3 games, 29 minutes, 10,3 points, 1,6 assists, 10,6 rebounds, 4,6 blocks, 3 turnovers, 14/27 2PTS, 0/0 3PTS, 3/9 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Ege Demir was the closed-off prospect until this tournament due to hard access to TOFAŞ’s youth games. Demir was a perfect lob target, excelled at catch-and-finish scoring, perfect dunker spot man, amazing shot blocker, outstanding rebounder, and very good perimeter defender due to his refined footwork, fantastic physical tools, explosive athleticism, and hard-nosed game understanding. While I’m thinking that he used his physical advantages a lot through three games, I’m also liked what he did in PnR coverages on defense and off the ball movement on offense. He was smart to create his lob target angle by setting good screens and running well. Defensively, he did a good job on rotation around the perimeter and backpedaling in PnRs.

Ömer Ege Peksarı

Born: July 14, 2003
Team: TOFAŞ
Position: Guard
Archetype: Pure playmaker
Stats: 3 games, 28 minutes, 12,3 points, 6,3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1,3 steals, 1,6 turnovers, 12/17 2PTS, 3/5 3PTS, 4/10 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Playing with perfect basketball IQ and passing skill-set, Ömer Ege Peksarı was fantastic as a playmaker. He made tons of good reads to find the best passing windows and creates very good angles for his teammates. He is a very versatile passer who possesses an elite degree of shiftiness with the ball in his hands and showed his court vision to creates passes. Made passes both hands in various situations and also was able to run the pick-and-roll very well. As an individual scorer, he did a good job to attack the defense’s hips and shoulders. Peksarı was blowing by his defenders with a solid first step and interior gravity. He filled up the transitions quickly and finished those situations to score or make an assist. He had good decision-making BBIQ here. He’s a good shooter off the dribble but he should still improve. Peksarı displayed his smart ballhandling with body protection, changing direction, feel etc. On defense, his lateral movement, speed, good hand-eye coordination, ability to transfer energy from his feet and quick reactions made him a perimeter anchor for his team’s defense.

Akkan Atasoy

Born: March 28, 2003
Team: Petkimspor
Position: Forward-Center
Archetype: Slasher
Stats: 3 games, 39 minutes, 10 points, 2,3 assists, 10 rebounds, 1 steal, 1,3 turnovers, 7/19 2PTS, 3/15 3PTS, 7/12 FT
Stage 1 rating: 3/5

Plays with explosive athleticism, Akkan Atasoy has been struggling to use his entire offensive arsenal in previous seasons. He is a good athlete, can put the ball on the floor, and provides a bit of versatility but unfortunately, his wild feel was completely destroying his efficiency, to be honest. However, in this tournament, he showed a more mature game, and his defensive willingness and perimeter movement were quite impressive. While I still do not buy his shot, his close-out offense and defensive perimeter versatility are good.

Mevlüt Melih Doğan

Born: August 23, 2003
Team: Türk Telekom
Position: Forward-Center
Archetype: Face-up handler with low-post offense
Stats: 3 games, 28 minutes, 12,3 points, 2,6 assists, 13 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 14/27 2PTS, 2/11 3PTS, 3/8 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

I did like what Mevlüt Melih Doğan brought to the table. He was not an exclusively primary creator but his ability to create space for himself and for his teammates on off the ball motions, advanced dribble moves while attacking close-outs, solid touch in the paint, and fantastic rebounding IQ made him a quite good player in this tournament for the Türk Telekom. He showed some flashes of drive-and-kick to the corners but it is hard to define him as a gravity passer. As a shooter, well, his form looks problematic, I especially did not like anything about his loading and releasing. However, of course, can improve.

Hasan Efe Uzun

Born: January 2, 2003
Team: Darüşşafaka
Position: Guard
Archetype: 3-and-D
Stats: 3 games, 25 minutes, 9,3 points, 1,3 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 0/3 2PTS, 8/18 3PTS, 4/9 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

When you watch Darüşşafaka’s three games, you will notice that Hasan Efe Uzun like a ghost sometimes. However, in Turkey, it is hard to find an off-the-ball shooter who has drifts and lifts, is able to convert hard catch-and-shoots, and uses his body well. Hasan Efe Uzun was not exclusively a shooter but in this tournament, he showed pretty nice flashes as a shooter. He did a good job creating space for his teammates and made good moves to find his shooting angle. With very compact shooting mechanics, Uzun’s lower body and body preparation look good but I would like to see a bit of craftiness on his shot. Besides his shot, I do not buy any positive things from his performance. However, again, it is great that he improved a lot, and it is very rare to find those types of players in this tournament.

Said Emre Yosmaoğlu

Born: June 7, 2003
Team: Darüşşafaka
Position: Guard
Archetype: Dribble driver
Stats: 3 games, 23 minutes, 15,6 points, 1,3 assists, 2,6 rebounds, 3,3 turnovers, 3 steals, 13/17 2PTS, 2/6 3PTS, 15/22 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Playing as a secondary ballhandler, Said Emre Yosmaoğlu had an impressive tournament. While he is not a primary initiator and playmaker, his ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands as a secondary ballhandler after using a stagger or zipper which was quite important in Darüşşafaka’s offensive system. He was crafty, did a perfect job in mismatch situations due to quickness and hesitation, displayed refined touch, lack of strength hurt him in tight spaces but he moved well and drew a lot of fouls. His shot still comes and goes but his refined touch looks promising. Yosmaoğlu was active in passing lanes and a factor to start the transition offense due to his high game feelings and quick reaction.

Yiğit Onan

Born: July 12, 2002
Team: Fenerbahçe
Position: Forward
Archetype: Offensive skilled combo forward
Stats: 3 games, 27 minutes, 18,6 points, 3,6 assists, 9 rebounds, 3,3 turnovers, 2 steals, 1 block, 10/24 2PTS, 9/22 3PTS, 9/10 FT
Stage 1 rating: 5/5

Onan has length and a flexible torso. He had a natural advantage due to his physical tools, however, it was a fantastic sign that he showed good shooting flashes, also, did a good job on his slashes. Playing with high-energy, Onan’s game revolved around attacking close-outs, playing physically and aggressively (made some huge dunks), scoring off the dribble, hitting 3-point shots in catch-and-shoot situations, and creating an impact on the boards. Truth be told, he was a little bit lazy on defense, did not make too many good rotations, was not active on the perimeter but he was fighting in mismatch situations. On the other side, I did like his offensive motor and athleticism. He has been with the Fenerbahce’s senior team since the beginning of this season and looks like he learned a few tricks.

Ulaş Merdoğlu

Born: April 4, 2005
Team: Fenerbahçe
Position: Center
Archetype: Two-Way playmaker with unicorn potential
Stats: 3 games, 9,9 minutes, 6,3 points, 2,6 rebounds, 0,3 turnovers, 6/8 2PTS, 2/3 3PTS, 1/1 FT
Stage 1 rating: 3/5

Ulaş Merdoğlu did not play that much, but his rare combination of length (6-11), mobility, body positioning, and game IQ was fantastic. He plays mostly on the interior but he can also stretch the floor. He is like a mine waiting to be processed, he has shown many times how talented he can be in the limited time he takes in the tournament, and he is definitely a basketball player who should be on the radar for years to come.

Mithat Can Özalp

Born: May 1, 2002
Team: Bursaspor
Position: Guard
Archetype: Primary initiator
Stats: 3 games, 33 minutes, 14,3 points, 7,3 assists, 3,6 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 1,3 steals, 9/23 2PTS, 7/30 3PTS, 4/6 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Mithan Can Özalp is a prospect who provides craftiness, shiftiness, and impressive quickness. He is an undersized guard and it is hard for him to be a good finisher in tight spaces and convert 3-point shots against hard close-out defense, however, his combination of advanced momentum ballhandling, floater, and elite footwork made him an effective player. He tried too many shots in this tournament, but to be honest, he had to do it due to the Bursaspor’s roster. I was impressed by his court vision, he did a good job using the gravity that he creates on defense and was an effective pick-and-roll operator. On defense, well, not much besides his willingness and team awareness.

Acar Şen

Born: April 26, 2003
Team: Galatasaray
Position: Guard
Archetype: 3-and-D plus versatile
Stats: 3 games, 22,3 minutes, 14,3 points, 1,3 assists, 2,6 rebounds, 1,6 turnovers, 2,6 steals, 10/16 2PTS, 5/19 3PTS, 8/11 FT
Stage 1 rating: 4/5

Acar Şen has been struggling due to some serious injuries and first of all, it was a pleasure to watch him on the court again. He is a very good shooter and provides a bit of slashing. However, in this tournament, his drive initiation and mid-range game were the best things. He was not good at converting 3-point shots. On defense, he did a good job to protect the defensive shape thanks to his quick hands, nice footwork, and decent body frame.

Emir Oflaz

Born: May 28, 2002
Team: Galatasaray
Position: Guard
Archetype: Primary ballhandler
Stats: 3 games, 31 minutes, 16,3 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 4,3 turnovers, 2 steals, 5/16 2PTS, 8/26 3PTS, 15/18 FT
Stage 1 rating: 3/5

Emir Oflaz played very wildly and made a lot of mistakes. He especially forced the game a lot and made some easy turnovers. However, I do think that he was wild due to Galatasaray’s offensive and defensive schemes. He was trying to organize the game with his advanced passes and dribble drives, however, his team just did not have a good system, in my opinion. Anyway, Oflaz’s refined touch around the rim and some PnR organizations were quite good and he was active in passing lanes.

Ege Tan Yıldızoğlu

Born: January 1, 2004
Team: Tarsus Amerikan Koleji
Position: Guard
Archetype: Two-way scheme changer
Stats: 3 games, 32 minutes, 15 points, 6 assists, 7,6 rebounds, 6 turnovers, 3,3 steals, 13/19 2PTS, 5/13 3PTS, 4/6 FT
Stage 1 rating: 5/5

Ege Tan Yıldızoğlu was one of my two favorite players from this tournament. He was everywhere on both sides of the court. Playing with high socoring production, the point guard provided versatility on offense. He excelled at running the pick-and-roll, has tricks in isolation situations, was a decent scorer off the dribble, and showed that he knows how to play as a playmaker when his team’s offensive geometry is tight thanks to his tremendous crafty and shifty moves. He was comfortable reading help defenders and finding open shooters or teammates in the dunker spot. Yıldızoğlu did a good job with individual scoring in the PnR. He was able to generate scores against various types of PnR coverages. He was perfect at creating separation with full-speed and classic crossover moves, he went to the basket quickly and finished smartly. As a defender, he was active in passing lanes and definitely a good team defender but did not have any kind of special intensity or technique. However, he’s a very, very good rebounder for his size due to good vertical leaping and extension.

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