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Birkan Batuk (born January 30, 1990) is a Turkish professional basketball player, who plays for Beşiktaş Sompo Japan of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL) and the Basketball Champions League. He mainly plays at the shooting guard position, but he also has the ability to play as a small forward, if needed.

Birkan Batuk
Birkan Batuk 8 - Anadolu Efes S.K. 20171215 (cropped).jpg
Batuk with the Anadolu Efes in 2017.
No. 12 – Beşiktaş Sompo Japan
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueTurkish BSL
Basketball Champions League
Personal information
Born (1990-01-30) January 30, 1990 (age 29)
İstanbul, Turkey
NationalityTurkish
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2006–2008Alpella
2008–2009Trabzonspor
2009–2012Pınar Karşıyaka
2012–2016Anadolu Efes
2016-2017Darüşşafaka Doğuş
2017–2019Anadolu Efes
2019Pınar Karşıyaka (loan)
2019–presentBeşiktaş Sompo Japan
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Batuk started to play basketball with Pamukspor. He moved to Ülkerspor junior team after his outstanding success with Pamukspor. He signed a professional contract with Alpella after playing for Ülkerspor junior team. He made his professional debut in the Turkish Basketball Super League with Alpella during the 2006-07 season. He signed a contract with Trabzonspor for 1 year in the TB2L after playing with Alpella.

Pınar Karşıyaka (2009–12)Edit

In the summer of 2009, he signed a contract with Pınar Karşıyaka. In June 2011, he signed an extension contract with Pınar Karşıyaka until 2013.

On February 9, 2011, he participated in the BSL All Star game. He led his team to victory, scoring 26 points, grabbing 6 rebounds and 4 assists. So, he was named MVP of the BSL All Star game.

On May 7, 2011, Batuk also scored a career-high 31 points in 25 minutes (on 7/8 3 pointers) in a victory against Trabzonspor.

Anadolu Efes (2012–16)Edit

In the summer of 2012, Batuk was transferred to Anadolu Efes where he signed a two-year deal. In May 2014, he re-signed his contract with Anadolu Efes.[1] In August 2014, he suffered an Achilles tendon injury during a pre-season game. He was expected to be 5–6 months off the court.[2]

Darüşşafaka Doğuş (2016–2017)Edit

On June 20, 2016, he signed a two-year contract with Darüşşafaka Doğuş.[3]

Anadolu Efes (2017-2019)Edit

At the beginning of the 2017-18 season he re-signed with Anadolu Efes.

Loan to Pınar Karşıyaka (2019)Edit

On 3 January 2019, it was announced that Birkan was loaned to Pınar Karşıyaka for the rest of the season.[4]

Beşiktaş Sompo Japan (2019-present)Edit

On August 10, 2019, Birkan signed with Beşiktaş Sompo Japan of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL).[5]

Turkish national teamEdit

Batuk was also a regular Turkey youth national team player.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Semih'le yollar ayrılıyor! (Video)". ntvspor.net (in Turkish). NTV Spor. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Birkan Batuk Ameliyat Oldu". tbf.org.tr (in Turkish). 3 August 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Birkan Batuk signed with Darussafaka Dogus". eurohoops.net (20 June 2016). Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Birkan Batuk Pınar Karşıyaka'da". basketball.com.tr (in Turkish). 2019-01-03. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  5. ^ "Besiktas sign Birkan Batuk". Sportando. August 10, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2019.

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