*Decent size and good length
*Tough and assertive in the paint
*Effective on offense around the rim
*Excellent rebounder with good instincts
*Not especially quick or explosive
*Lack of an outside game
*Poor lateral quickness on defense
*Lacks strength to guard stronger posts
Likely a mid-second rounder. If there is one thing Aldemir does well it is rebounding. He´s long and strong but not especially tall or an explosive leaper, so his great rebounding performance is all about fundamentals and willingness. He could become a rebounding specialist in the NBA. He’s been an outstanding rebounder at every level in Europe. He will need to add strength and muscle to compete defensively against NBA posts and certainly need to develop an offensive game away from the basket. The team that drafs him with likely leave his in Europe for several years to develop his offensive skill and to add strength.
Aldemir started off the year with an outstanding performance in the U20 European Championships where he scored 14.8 ppg and led the event in rebounding with 15.8 per game. He has become a solid contributor for Galatasaray, a top Turkish club and one of the best teams in this season’s Euroleague.
8.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.9 bpg, 20.2 mpg, .605 FG, .645 FT (Turkey)
6.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.4 bpg, 15.9 mpg, .520 FG, .813 FT (Euroleague)
Reminds me of:
Paul Millsap, because of his rebounding toughness
What Insiders say:
Luka Bassin, International Scout and Coach
'An undersized center with average physical skills but incredible will and wish. Very aggressive with great rebounding touch. His future position should be PF but needs to improve his perimeter shooting. Other than that could be a rebounding machine and a good role player in future.'
“Furkan Aldemir has already established himself as one of the premier pick and roll defenders in Euroleague. His footwork, positioning and ability to get back to his man after hedging out are quite impressive for such a raw prospect. In Galatasaray’s match-up against Olympiakos, the young center allowed just 12 points on the 21 pick and rolls he defended against – most of them involving Vasilis Spanoulis.”
Giovanni Conte, Basket Caffe
“He has a great body and adequate athletic skills. On offense he can’t play 1vs1, but he has good hands for receive and finish near the ring. He is a terrific rebounder (15.6 per game in last European Championship U20) and a good shot blocker. Moreover he’s reliable at free throws line: 795% in 2011/12 Euroleague.”
Danny Mills, Assistant Coach, UPEA Orlandia Basket
"A physical 6'9" PF/C who has seen decent minutes playing an important role in the middle with Galatasaray in the Turkish league and Euroleague. Lacking any real go to moves in the low post he is mainly a pick n roll player. An excellent rebounder and this could be his selling tool if hes to show NBA scouts that he has enough potential to be drafted towards the end of the second round in this years Draft. He has another three years on his contract in Turkey so he would be a project for any team but if he continues to improve at the defensive end, combined with his rebounding ability he could be a nice project for a team willing to be patient."
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