July 27, 2011

Utah Jazz draft pick Enes Kanter will play for Turkey in EuroBasket tournament

SALT LAKE CITY — It appears the Turkish national basketball team will benefit from the ongoing NBA lockout.

New Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter has agreed to play for his national team this summer and will represent Turkey at the upcoming EuroBasket tournament in Lithuania, according to eurobasket2011.org.

However, Kanter's teammate and fellow compatriot, Jazz center Mehmet Okur, will not play for Turkey this summer while he continues to rehab the back and Achilles issues that plagued him last season.

Turkish basketball federation president Turgay Demirel confirmed that his country's rising star and third overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft will join that nation's top squad.
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