How much do you know about Darussafaka Istanbul as its readies for its first appearance in the 7DAYS EuroCup Finals? Learn more about this rising power from Turkey. Did you know that...
...Darussafaka has made it to the EuroCup Finals in its first season in the competition in 13 years? It last played the then-called ULEB Cup in the 2004-05 season.
...Darussafaka can win its first title in over half a decade? Its last official title in elite categories was the Turkish League crown in 1962! It would be the club's first-ever continental title.
...David Blatt can join Dusan Ivkovic as the only head coach to win the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the 7DAYS EuroCup titles? Ivkovic won the EuroLeague with Olympiacos Piraeus in 1997 and 2012, and the EuroCup with Dynamo Moscow in 2006. Blatt led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the EuroLeague title in 2014.
...Blatt coached Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar guard Dmitriy Khvostov on the Russian national team to bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and the 2012 Olympic Games? They also represented Russia at the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
...JaJuan Johnson of Darussafaka and Ryan Broekhoff of Lokomotiv were teammates? They played together for Besiktas Istanbul during the 2014-15 season.
...Micheal Eric can become just the second Nigerian to win the EuroCup? Tunji Awojobu helped Hapoel Jerusalem win the title in the 2003-04 season.
...Howard Sant-Roos can become the first Cuban player to win the EuroCup? He is just the second Cuban player to play the competition, too.
...Sant-Roos leads the 2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup in steals with a total of 40 and per-game with 2.11? He has collected at least 1 steal in 16 of his 19 EuroCup appearances this season.
...Sant-Roos was one of only two players this season to record a point-rebound and a point-assist double-double? He collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Top 16 opener against Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul and a week later posted 10 points and 10 rebounds against Herbalife Gran Canaria. The only other player to do so was Boris Diaw for Levallois Metropolitans.
...Scottie Wilbekin set all-time EuroCup records for points (41) and three-point shots made (10) in a non-overtime game in his last EuroCup showdown? He helped Darussafaka beat FC Bayern Munich 83-87 in Game 2 of the semifinals.
...Wilbekin leads the 2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup in scoring (18.9 ppg.) and performance index rating (20.7 per game)?
...Wilbekin was named MVP for both the 2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season and the 2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals? He is the only player to be named MVP for two stages this season.
...Wilbekin has made at least 1 three-pointer in all 16 EuroCup games he has appeared in this season? He has made at least 2 threes in a game 15 times, at least 3 triples on 10 occasions and 4 or more in five different games.