2018-19 Team Profile: Turk Telekom Ankara

Aug 13, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2018-19 Team Profile: Turk Telekom Ankara

A club rich in tradition from the capital of Turkey, Turk Telekom Ankara put an end to a two-year exodus from the top level in the country with a dominant performance last season in the second-division TBL. Turk Telekom dominated the competition with a 29-5 record to finish atop the standings and clinch a return ticket to the Basketball Super League. Early in the season, Turk Telekom almost captured a trophy when it reached the final of the Turkish Federation Cup, but the team struggled early and fell to Bahcesehir Koleji 59-89. Then Turk Telekom started the regular season with 13 straight wins and did not drop its first game until mid-December. Amazingly, Turk Telekom won its next 13 games for a 26-1 record and only then did it relax with the title in its hands. The backcourt of Ender Arslan and T.J. Campbell led the way, while Darryl Monroe carried the weight inside for the team as it regained its rightful place among the top teams in the country and received an invitation to compete in the 7DAYS EuroCup once again after eight long seasons away.


2009-10 EuroCup 5-7 Last 16
2008-09 EuroCup 5-7 Last 16
2007-08 ULEB Cup 10-2 Last 32
2004-05 ULEB Cup 0-10 Regular Season
TOTAL: 20-26


One of the signature sports clubs in the capital of Turkey, Turk Telekom Ankara is back with the giants of local and European basketball after a two-year hiatus in the Turkish second division. The club was founded in 1954, backed by the national telephone company PTT, though its basketball section did not open until 1980. PTT Ankara played in several regional leagues throughout the 1980s, before joining the second division in 1990 and immediately earning promotion to the Turkish first division. Turk Telekom went on to win the Turkish League regular season in 1994, though it fell in the playoff semifinals. Around that time, Turk Telekom also began making waves in Europe and even played in the 1996-97 EuroLeague, the same season in which the team also reached the Turkish League finals and won the Turkish President's Cup, the club's first title. A few trips to the playoff semifinals and appearances in the Turkish Cup final in 2001 and 2003 cemented Turk Telekom's status among the best clubs in Turkey. Turk Telekom made its ULEB Cup debut in the 2004-05 season, but failed to notch a win. Three years later Turk Telekom was back and looked like a contender after Khalid El-Amin and Michael Wright led it to a 9-1 regular season with its only loss coming against eventual champ DKV Joventut, however Wright was lost to injury and the team fell to UNICS Kazan in the first knockout stage. In each of the next two seasons, the club advanced one stage in the competition, but no more despite the best efforts of Erwin Dudley. The club won the Turkish Cup and reached the Turkish finals in 2008 and lifted the Presidents Cup in 2009, however soon a lengthy dry spell ensued. Turk Telekom failed to claim a Turkish League playoff berth for four seasons from 2010 through 2014 and when that spell ended in 2015, it was eliminated by Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the quarterfinals. The next year the team only won seven games and was relegated to the second division for the 2016-17 campaign. It took the club two years to dig itself back to the top league, but a 26-2 start last season allowed the team to cruise to first place and a guaranteed ticket back to the top league and a spot in the EuroCup. Now it is Turk Telekom's time to shine again.

Trophy Case

Turkish National Cup: 2008
Turkish President Cup: 1997