Mount Carmel made a few key additions to their roster this summer that should help bounce back after a tough 2018-19 season in the BCL and MIAA A Conference. One of those additions came from the country of Turkey. Koralp Turk is a 6-foot-7 stretch four that will help bring much needed size and floor spacing with his outside shooting ability.
Turk came to the United States less than two weeks ago. Since then, he has taken complete advantage of his gym access and already notices quite a difference in the playing style from back in Turkey.
“The game is so much quicker here,” Turk continued, “I already noticed that the game here is mostly one-on-one play and isolations.”
Turk recently wrapped up his summer by playing with the 16U Turkish National Team averaging nine points and six rebounds per game.
“My first skill is shooting,” Turk said when asked what he would bring to Mount Carmel this season. “I’m a big guy, so I can grab rebounds and I can drive to the rim and get by my man with a crossover.”
After seeing Turk’s film from the summer and watching him workout, there is an NBA player that I believe his game resembles almost exactly.
“I’m just like Kevin Love,” Turk said. “You know, I pop three’s, score inside and get rebounds.”
Turk doesn’t have the explosive athleticism to play over the rim, but he uses his strength and leverage to get inside position on his man and put him in the best spot to grab the rebound, offensively or defensively.
Like the majority of overseas players who come to the MIAA Conference, it’ll take some time for Turk to adjust to the speed and the skill of the league. But his ability to score inside and out will give him an advantage on many frontcourt match ups.
Turk came to the United States with intentions of playing in the NCAA. He currently holds no offers.