All-Star Ankara 2015 Rosters Announced

Jan 15, 2015

Today at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Istanbul, Turkish Basketball League (TBL) Director Samer Şenbayrak alongside Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) and FIBA Europe Board Member Harun Erdenay revealed the rosters for the TBL All-Star Ankara 2015, set for this Sunday at Ankara Arena. Şenbayrak and Erdenay were joined by TBL All-Stars Alex Stephenson (Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi), John Shurna (Darüşşafaka Doğuş), and Reinaldas Seibutis (Darüşşafaka), as well as All-Star coaches Ahmet Kandemir (Beşiktaş İntegral Forex) and Zoran Lukic (Banvit). 

The 24 athletes who will take the court on Sunday come from eight different nations, including Turkey, USA, Montenegro, Australia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, and Croatia. Players competing for TBL clubs based in Europe will take on representatives of the league’s Asia-based clubs. The game will be broadcast live on NTV Spor and LigTV 3. 

Fans of the TBL from around the world were able to select their favorite players beginning on December 24, with more than 400,000 votes cast. 

“Every year the brightest stars of the TBL come together for the All-Star, and this year promises to be the most exciting edition to date,” Şenbayrak said. “Our goal this Sunday is to give the world’s best fans an unforgettable basketball experience courtesy of some of the world’s most talented players.” 

All-Star Ankara 2015 kicks off at 14:00 on Sunday at Ankara Arena with the ParaMara 3-point Shooting Competition and the Sony Xperia Slam Dunk Contest. Those competitions will feature the TBL’s sharpshooters and high-flyers, including Carlos Arroyo (Galatasaray Liv Hospital), Andrew Goudelock (Fenerbahçe Ülker), Furkan Korkmaz (Anadolu Efes), and Chinemenu Elonu (Tofaş). The main event will follow, with Turkish pop star Murat Dalkılıç performing at halftime. 

“This is probably the best league in Europe at the moment, and the bar is raising every year,” said Seibutis, who will also participate in the ParaMara 3-point Shooting Competition. “It’s a big honor to be selected for the All-Star.” 

After 15 games of TBL action Anadolu Efes (11-4) sits atop the leaderboard, but Darüşşafaka Doğuş and Fenerbahçe Ülker also have 11 wins. Only four points separate first-place Anadolu Efes and eighth place Trabzonspor Medical Park (7-8), which would secure the final playoff spot if the season ended today. The TBL’s second half gets underway on January 24. 

Team Asia

Andrew Goudelock - Guard - Fenerbahçe Ülker

Bobby Dixon - Guard - Pınar Karşıyaka
Coory Higgins - Guard - Royal Halı Gaziantep
Sammy Meija - Guard - Banvit
Şafak Edge - Guard - Banvit

Emir Preldzic - Forward – Fenerbahçe Ülker
Jan Vesely - Forward - Fenerbahçe Ülker
Matthew Vincent Walsh - Forward – NSK Eskişehir Basket
Josh Carter - Forward - Türk Telekom
Jawad Williams - Forward – Royal Halı Gaziantep Basket

Semih Erden - Center – Fenerbahçe Ülker
Sean Williams - Center – Torku Konyaspor Basket

Zoran Lukic - Coach - Banvit
Burak Selçuk Ernak - Assistant Coach – Banvit
Selim Çınar - Manager - Pınar Karşıyaka

Team Europe

Carlos Arroyo - Guard - Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Jamon Gordon - Guard - Darüşşafaka Doğuş
Sinan Güler - Guard - Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Renaldas Seibutis - Guard - Darüşşafaka Doğuş
Furkan Korkmaz - Guard - Anadolu Efes

Cedi Osman – Forward - Anadolu Efes
Alex Stephenson - Forward - İstanbul BBSK
Dario Saric - 25.989 Oy - Forward - Anadolu Efes
Ryan BroekHoff - Forward - Beşiktaş İntegral Forex
John William Shurna - Forward - Darüşşafaka Doğuş

Milko Bjelica - Center - Anadolu Efes
Patric Young – Center  – Galatasaray Liv Hospital

Ahmet Kandemir - Coach - Beşiktaş İntegral Forex
Faruk Beşok – Assistant Coach - Beşiktaş İntegral Forex
Alper Yılmaz - Manager - Anadolu Efes


Sony Xperia Slam Dunk Contest

Kenneth Gabriel -Pınar Karşıyaka
Jan Vesely - Fenerbahçe Ülker
Furkan Korkmaz - Anadolu Efes
Jajuan Johnson - Beşiktaş İntegral Forex
Patric Young - Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Chinemelu Elonu -Tofaş
Sinan Güler - Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Sean Christopher Williams - Torku Konyaspor Basket

ParaMara 3-point Shooting Contest

Carlos Arroyo - Galatasaray Liv Hospital 
Milko Bjelica - Anadolu Efes
Şafak Edge - Banvit
Renaldas Seibutis - Darüşşafaka Doğuş
Jaka Lakovic - Royal Halı Gaziantep Basket
Michael Jerome Jenkins - İstanbul BBSK
Andrew Goudelock - Fenerbahçe Ülker