Besiktas JK Istanbul
Roster
No.PlayerCountryPos.HeightBorn
4 EWING, DANIEL USA Guard 1.91 1983
5 GULER, MURATCAN Turkey Guard 1.92 1980
6 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL Turkey Guard 1.86 1995
7 YATAGAN, MEHMET ALI Turkey Guard 1.92 1993
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN Turkey Guard 1.90 1983
11 ACIK, TUTKU Turkey Guard 1.94 1980
13 VIDMAR, GASPER Slovenia Center 2.10 1987
14 FALKER, RANDAL USA Forward 2.01 1985
15 CETIN, SERHAT Turkey Guard 1.97 1986
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR Croatia Center 2.08 1985
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK USA Guard 1.96 1988
24 MINARD, RICKY USA Guard 1.96 1982
25 HERSEK, BARIS Turkey Forward 2.07 1988
35 NALGA, CEMAL Turkey Forward 2.08 1987
41 OZER, CEVHER Turkey Forward 2.05 1983
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS USA Guard 1.85 1987
 Head Coach    
  KUNTER, ERMAN Turkey    

Team latest news

Bradley Buckman, Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul

As one of the best defensive teams in the Eurocup this season, Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul has excelled in close games, winning six of its seven showdowns decided by 3 points or less. Its point-to-point, possession-to-possession mentality fits the elimination rounds format, in which Besiktas faces difficult Nizhny Novgorod to start the eighthfinals this week. The other good news for Besiktas is that big man Bradley Buckman is back in action after missing three games with a broken finger. All season, Buckman has been a solid option for Besiktas around the baskets, averaging 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 13 games. Buckman was playing better before the injury, boosting his numbers up to 13.3 points and 9 rebounds in three Last 32 games. His return, right when Besiktas needs it, at the start of the eighthfinals, coincides with Buckman's desire to show his best in a competition that he missed despite playing for two Eurocup teams last season. Buckman is loving every bit of his first Eurocup season, as he told us in this Eurocupbasketball.com interview. "It is a great experience, I am absolutely loving it and the further we go, the better it will be," Buckman told Eurocupbasketball.com. "We have to keep doing well starting with our next game. We face a tough opponent but hopefully we will take care of business and look to go further in the Eurocup. I love being part of this."

Club info
After its exciting Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut season, in which Besiktas JK Istanbul reached the Top 16, the club aims to compete for greatness as it makes its first Eurocup appearance in three years. Besiktas was last year’s feel-good story in the Euroleague Regular Season when it claimed a Top 16 berth by Week 7, but it struggled after that. The team also lost in the Turkish Cup semis and was eliminated by Banvit BK Bandirma in the Turkish League quarterfinals. Besiktas was founded as a multi-sport club in 1903; its basketball section came along in 1933, was stopped in 1936 and reopened in 1940. Remarkably enough, Besiktas has kept its name in the Turkish first division for more than six decades - with the exception of the 1987-88 season. Besiktas, however, traveled a long road to basketball success. It won its first – and until last season only – Turkish championship in 1975. The “Black Eagles” needed a dozen more years to add more hardware to the trophy case by conquering the Turkish Cup in 1987. Besiktas spent years struggling, but started the road to the top by placing fifth in Turkey in 1998 and making it to the following season's Korac Cup quarterfinals with Virginijus Praskevicius, Kevin Thompson and Andre Woolridge as its star players. In the 2003-04 season, Besiktas muscled its way to the Turkish League semifinals and then advanced to the 2005 FIBA Champions Cup quarterfinals. The arrival of Khalid El-Amin and a trip to the 2005 Turkish League finals, where it lost against local power Efes Pilsen, was the sign that Besiktas was ready for further glory. Besiktas reached the ULEB Cup Final Eight in 2008 with Kaya Peker, Preston Shumpert and Christian Dalmau leading the charge, but archrival Galatasaray stood in its way to success. Despite becoming the Turkish League regular season champion that season, Besiktas once again exited in the semifinals. Besiktas was not able to get past the Eurocup regular season in either of the next two seasons, though it returned to the Turkish League semifinals. Things changed in the 2011-12 season when Besiktas played outstanding basketball and won its very own triple crown - Turkish League, Turkish Cup and EuroChallenge - after 25 title-free years. It all started with an early disappointment - a Eurocup Qualifying Round exit. But led by Carlos Arroyo, Zoran Erceg, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and David Hawkins, Besiktas bounced back by lifting the Turkish Cup, then winning the EuroChallenge for the club’s first continental trophy, and rounding out a near-perfect season by downing three Euroleague Top 16 sides – Fenerbahce Ulker, Galatasaray Medical Park and Anadolu Efes – in the Turkish League playoffs to win the title for the first time in 37 years. Now, after a season that finished on a low note, Besiktas looks to re-kindle the spark and return to celebrating trophies.
Trophy Case
EuroChallenge: 2012
Turkish National League: 1974-75, 2011-12
Turkish National Cup: 2012
Turkish President Cup: 2012
DOMESTIC LEAGUE: Turkey
President Fikret Orman
Address Suleyman Seba Caddese
BJK Plaza, B block, Kat:3
34357 Istanbul, Turkey
Arena BESIKTAS INTEGRAL ARENA
Yildirim Oguz Goker Caddesi Gelincik Sokak 2, 34354 Istanbul, Turkey
Tel. +90 212 283 6600
Fax +90 212 283 8194