Career Highlights: Has grown up playing for Fenerbahce Istanbul in his native Turkey. Was loaned to Kadikoy Belediyesi in the Turkish League’s second division for the majority of the 2005-06 season and played with Alpella Istanbul during the 2006-07 season and the start of 2007-08 before moving back to Fenerbahce. Earned Turkish League All-Star Game honors in 2007 and 2008. Played with the silver medal-winning Turkish National Team in the U20 European Championships in Izmir, averaging 2.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in seven games.
2007-08: Started the season with Alpella, averaging 15.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in 10 games. Posted seven double-doubles. Returned to Fenerbahce in December, averaging 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20 games. With Alpella and Fenerbahce combined, led the league in blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots in 18.6 minutes a contest for Fenerbahce in Euroleague play. Set a Euroleague record for blocked shots in Top 16 round play (19). Recorded highs of 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots vs. Aris. Helped Fenerbahce to a quarterfinals finish.
2006-07: With Alpella, led the league in rebounding (11.2 rpg) and ranked second in blocked shots (2.0 bpg), while averaging 9.3 ppg. Set a season high with 20 points vs. Beykozpor. Matched season high with 20 points and grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds vs. Selcuk Uni.
2005-06: Appeared in two games for Fenerbahce Istanbul, scoring a total of two points and grabbing two rebounds. Spent most of the season on loan to Kadikoy Belediyesi in the Turkish League’s Second Division.
Strengths: Can score in the low post with a decent touch around the basket and a variety of moves. Rebounds well on both ends. Length and athleticism enable him to be a solid shot-blocker.