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Half-Court Press: Egemen Guven

20.07.2012
U16 MEN

By Jared Grellet

15. Akif Güven (Turkey)
Likes Dimitris Diamantidis and Spiderman: Turkey's Akif Güven

Fresh off scoring 24 points to help Turkey to a 98-95 overtime victory against Croatia, Egemen Guven was only too happy to take on FIBA Europe.com's half-court press.

FIBAEurope.com: What's your first basketball memory?
Egemen Guven: My first basketball memory was my junior league team in Middle-East Technical University. We had a very good team with good players and we had a lot of fun.

FIBAEurope.com: Why do you want to become a basketball player?
I love the game very much. This is my lifestyle.

FIBAEurope.com: Who is the most mature of your teammates and who is the most... childish?
The most funny guy, Tolunay Cifci, got cut just before the tournament but I want to say hello to him. The most serious guy is our captain, Berk Ugurlu.

FIBAEurope.com: Which is the best basketball game you've ever played in or watched?
This year's Euroleague final between CSKA and Olympiacos. I thought CSKA was going to win but I was supporting Olympiacos. The best game I have played was today.

FIBAEurope.com: Playing on the senior national team one day and winning a medal at a future
EuroBasket means...

This is my biggest goal in the future.

FIBAEurope.com: There's only 2 seconds left on the shot-clock, do you pass the ball or shoot?
I am very confident in my ability so I am going to take the shot.

FIBAEurope.com: What do you imagine basketball will be like when you are 30 years old?
Basketball is very physical right now and it is getting tougher and tougher to play so it will be more physical and faster.

FIBAEurope.com: Who is the best European player you've seen?
Dimitris Diamantidis.

FIBAEurope.com: What's the latest film you watched and would you recommend it?
The Amazing Spiderman. It was great.

FIBAEurope.com: Which part of training do you like the least?
When I forget something and the coach keeps telling me what I have forgotten.

FIBAEurope.com: Name which of the following you have never used in your life: A. Audio
cassette player. B. Facebook website C. MP3 Player

Audio cassette player.

FIBAEurope.com: Do you know how to cook and what would you cook for your coach if he ate
dinner at your house?

I am not a very good cook but if he came I would try to prepare him a very good breakfast.

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