Clippers select Furkan Aldemir with 53rd pick in 2012 Draft
The Los Angeles Clippers selected Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir [four-KAHN ahl-DEE-meer] with the 53rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, held this evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Aldemir, 20, finished his fifth season in the Turkish League in 2011-12, averaging 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 30 games with Galatasaray Medical Park. The 6-foot-10 inch power forward was selected to the 2010 Turkish All-Star Game and led the Turkish League in blocks (1.4 bpg) during the 2009-10 season.
A native of Konak, Turkey, Aldemir has played with the Turkey Junior National Team in the 2010 and 2011 European U-20 Championship and earned All-Tournament honors in 2011. Aldemir played with Pinar Karsiyaka from 2008-2011.
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