Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Yale went outside the United States for its latest basketball commit.
The Bulldogs on Monday landed a pledge from Emir Buyukhanli, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound combo guard from Turkey who will begin playing in 2020.
“He’s one of Turkey’s top 5 players born in 2001,” said Tamer Turkman, who advises Turkish players. “He’s a slasher, he’s very strong, He’s quick, he’s a strong defender.”
He averaged 15.5 points last season playing for Turkish club team Ted Ankara Kolejliler.
Turkman confirmed that Buyukhanli will spend a post-graduate year at St. Thomas More in 2019-20.
The commitment was first reported by Stadium.com.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.