Tribute to the Champs: Ahmet Duverioglu

Jun 06, 2017 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Ahmet Duverioglu
Ahmet Duverioglu, who is now the youngest Turkish-born EuroLeague champion to appear in a championship game, personified the team spirit and work ethic that took Fenerbahce Istanbul to its first continental crown. While playing steady minutes in the Turkish League, the center saw limited playing time in the Final Four, just the final 72 seconds of the championship game, and appeared in a total of nine EuroLeague games this season. But he proved to be ready to step up when team needed him most. In midst of the EuroLeague regular season, with the All-EuroLeague center Ekpe Udoh sidelined with injury, Duverioglu posted a series of career-highs with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and performance index rating 15 in a big home win over Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens and followed it up with strong 17 minutes in a tough road win over Unics Kazan. Duverioglu’s performances off the bench were big reasons Fenerbahce was undefeated during Udoh’s three-game absence. Such efforts also helped Fenerbahce players to strengthen their belief in their own team while building much-needed confidence, and now, Duverioglu and all his teammates can proudly call themselves EuroLeague champions.