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Ahmet Duverioglu in grief leaves Bursaspor, basketball



By Johnny Askounis/

Midway through his first season at Frutti Extra Bursaspor, Ahmet Duverioglu parted ways with the team based in Bursa.

The 7DAYS EuroCup participant and last season’s finalist announced the decision and shared an emotional video with the experienced center opening up to his teammates and members of the coaching staff Friday.

“I am happy to get to know you all,” mentioned Duverioglu, “Due to the situation I am in, I need to find myself for a while. I had bad days for reasons beyond my control. I wish you success for the rest of the season. I love you all. I hope we can meet again in the future.”

With the fatal earthquakes affecting southeast Turkey and neighboring Syria, Duverioglu mourned the loss of his grandmother and cousin.

Duverioglu, 29, produced 6.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 assists per EuroCup game over 12 appearances, including three starts. But his first campaign in the second-tier club continental competition of Euroleague Basketball was cut short. He added 5.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest in Turkey’s BSL. The Bursa outfit guided by Serbian Dusan Alimpijevic an even 7-7 record in Group A of the EuroCup Regular Season and stands fifth in the Turkish league behind a 12-6 WL tally.

Prior to switching to Bursaspor and EuroCup for the 2022-23 season, Duverioglulogged 142 appearances in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, 132 with Fenerbahce Dogus/Beko from 2016 to 2022, and the remaining ten with Anadolu Efes in 2015-16. In 2017, he was crowned champion with Fener playing under legendary head coach Zeljko Obradovic in the history-making season for the club.

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