Not in any ranking or draft
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Position: PG
Hometown: Erzurum, Turkey
Current Team: Istanbul BSB
Win - Loss: 0 - 6


A Look Back At The U-20 European Championships (Part Two)

Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Sep 22, 2006, 02:00 am
Back in Europe after a strange experience in the NCAA (he stayed at Western Carolina for only a red-shirt 2004/05 season after being suspended significantly for his professional experience), he’s now a free agent (NBA wise) after not being selected in the last draft. He wasn’t as dominant here as he was in Zaragoza at the junior stage; after all it was crystal-clear then that he was a rather mature player. But he delivered a good performance regardless. Perhaps not a very creative point guard, Demirel took good decisions and broke defenses when his team needed him to step up. He’s a guy who enjoys nice handles and can perform some awesome moves, particularly his reverse in motion, showing a good ability to beat his matchups off the dribble and dish an open teammate. Irregular with his perimeter shooting, but reliable on defense, he was another important piece in the star-stacked Turkey.

Zaragoza, The Best of the Rest: Guards

Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Aug 20, 2004, 01:00 am
Demirel was one of the best players in this tournament, hands down. His all-tournament team honor was well deserved after leading his team into the final. He also has the honor of making 's All-hey dude, you look older than 18 Team. As you might infer from that, he is very physically mature for a kid of his age, showing nice athleticism with an especially strong lower body. He has already played consistent minutes in the first Turkish division league with Tofas.

His maturity extends beyond his physique to the manner in which he runs his team. Demirel is a true playmaker. There is no questioning his ability to run his team's offense. He controls the tempo of the game and utilizes a variety of skills to make life much easier for himself and his teammates. The most evident of these skills is his fantastic handles. In Zaragoza, we saw him performing some jaw-dropping reverse moves in transition that were executed with amazing quickness and body control. His typical offensive move is to create off the dribble, beating his match-up and dishing to the open teammate or just shooting the ball, and he excels in this role. He has the court vision, the decision making, the shooting mechanics, and the stroke to consistently and effectively produce. His touch from behind the arc is a little bit streaky, becoming more reliable as he gets closer to the basket. He is also a nice defender with good lateral quickness.

As a very mature player, I think his upside is limited. He can be really good in Europe, but I am not so sure about his NBA potential at this point. For the moment, rumour has it he is considering the NCAA as an option next year, particularly Gonzaga.

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