On the Beat | Korkmaz's Play Recognized Overseas

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Not too long ago, as the 76ers’ regular season hit its home stretch, many of the team’s young up-and-comers managed to leave promising lasting impressions, based upon the progress they had shown over the course of the year.

The same can now also be said for Furkan Korkmaz, whom the Sixers selected with the 26th overall pick in last June’s draft. The 19-year old has been turning heads overseas as of late, doing so especially this past weekend, when he made key contributions at a noteworthy juncture of his European club’s schedule.

Sunday, Korkmaz supplied Banvit B.K. with several important plays in a hard-fought 63-59 loss to Iberostar Tenerife in the title game of the inaugural Basketball Champions League tournament.

Logging heavy minutes in crunch time, the shooting guard deposited a 2-pointer early in the fourth quarter to cut Banvit’s deficit to two possessions. Later in the period, at the two-minute mark, he assisted on a basket that sliced the gap to a single point.

Tenerife shut the door from there.

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Korkmaz finished Sunday’s contest with four points (2-7 fg, 0-3 3fg), two rebounds, and three assists in 25 minutes. In six BCL tournament appearances, the Istanbul native averaged 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (24-56 fg), and 46.7 percent from 3-point territory (14-30 3fg).

Saturday, on the heels of a 13-point, four 3-pointer performance in the semi-final round, Korkmaz was named the BCL’s ‘Best Young Player.’

Korkmaz’s stellar showing in BCL action, and subsequent honor from the league, both come as his active year begins to draw to a close. In the fall, he opened his fourth professional season with Anadolu Efes, the Turkish Basketball Super League affiliate that, by now, should be somewhat of a household name to many Sixers fans. Dario Saric, of course, was with the same team from 2014 through 2016, while Korkmaz was a member of the roster, too.

In a dozen outings with Efes, Korkmaz held his own, reaching double-figures three times. Just before Christmas, he was transferred to Banvit, where he was given the chance to take on an expanded role, and is expected to remain with the organization through the end of the TBSL season.

Korkmaz and Banvit are slated to resume domestic competition in the TBSL later this week. On the whole, in 36 total games played, he’s averaged 8.5 points (44.3 fg%, 41.7 3fg%), 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 19.4 minutes.

Here are some highlights from one of Korkmaz’s two 20-point games this year.

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