|Team: Istanbul BSB|
H: 6' 9"|
W: 250 lbs
(25 Years Old)
|RSCI: 150 ||
High School: Mountain State Academy
Hometown: Samsun, Turkey
Kilicli started off this camp strong and finished even stronger, winning many new fans along the way and a slew of comparisons to players like Luis Scola and Blake Griffin. An incredibly well built left-handed big man standing somewhere between 6-8 and 6-9, Kilicli does not enjoy a great wingspan or incredible explosiveness around the basket. He makes up for that though with outstanding footwork in the paint, the ability to finish craftily with either hand, or a variety of unorthodox moves in the form of scoop shots and pivot moves.
Kilicli is an extremely tough young big man—he competes very hard inside and thus does a great job grabbing offensive rebounds and blocking shots. He has an excellent feel for the game to go along with that, and even showed some sparks of ability to face the basket and either knock down a mid-range jumper (out to about 17 feet) or put the ball on the floor intelligently. He seems to be very well schooled, boxing out fundamentally on every shot attempt, showing a great sense for finding the open man (possibly the best part of his game), and reacting very well to things going on around him. Although he’s left-handed, he oddly shoots free throws and mid-range jumpers with his right hand, and appears to be ambidextrous around the basket.
Considering his very mature frame, combined with his relatively average size and athleticism, there will be some concerns raised about just how high of an upside Kilicli has to develop into. He’s a pretty damn good player already, though, so he definitely shouldn’t be discounted too fast. It will be very interesting to see how his game translates to the senior level. It seems like his rights are owned by a 2nd division team in Turkey, but we don’t expect that to last too long. He can play in the first division, and probably as soon as this season.
Let's finish with the fifth member of the All-Tournament Team, the very strong but undersized Turkish power forward Deniz Kilicli, an unorthodox inside guy who takes jumpers –and not particularly well- with his right hand and does everything else with his left; but despite his limited game and being very predictable going always left to cash off his excellent touch with that hand, few teams figured out how to stop him.[Read Full Article]