Josh Cohen’s Analysis: Over the past several years, Turkey has become a legitimate basketball power. Thanks to Hedo Turkoglu’s contributions both as a player and leader for his native country, Turkey has suddenly become known for its hoops.
In front of the hometown supporters at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, Turkey captured the Silver Medal. Along the journey, it eliminated France, Slovenia and Serbia before falling short to the United States in the final.
With Turkoglu moving up in age, this will probably be his last opportunity to help his country return to the FIBA World Cup. Joining Hedo at EuroBasket 2013 on the Turkish squad, who were drawn to Group D that consists of Greece, Russia, Italy, Finland and Sweden, are Omer Asik and Ersan Ilyasova. Enes Kanter will not participate this year, however.
Only six countries from Europe will qualify for the 2014 World Championships, which will take place next summer in Spain. CLICK NEXT for a matchup-by-matchup analysis of Turkey’s opponents in First Round round-robin play.