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.
Batuk with the Anadolu Efes in 2017.
|No. 12 – Beşiktaş Sompo Japan|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|League||Turkish BSL |
Basketball Champions League
|Born||January 30, 1990|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||191 lb (87 kg)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Undrafted|
|2019||→ Pınar Karşıyaka (loan)|
|2019–present||Beşiktaş Sompo Japan|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 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. 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.
Darüşşafaka Doğuş (2016–2017)Edit
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.
Beşiktaş Sompo Japan (2019-present)Edit
Turkish national teamEdit
Batuk was also a regular Turkey youth national team player.
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- "Birkan Batuk Ameliyat Oldu". tbf.org.tr (in Turkish). 3 August 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "Birkan Batuk signed with Darussafaka Dogus". eurohoops.net (20 June 2016). Retrieved 14 October 2016.
- "Birkan Batuk Pınar Karşıyaka'da". basketball.com.tr (in Turkish). 2019-01-03. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
- "Besiktas sign Birkan Batuk". Sportando. August 10, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2019.