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Veteran Guards Out For Turkey

25 June 2012
EUROBASKET QUALIFIERS

Kerem Tunçeri (Turkey)
Kerem Tunçeri will not be pointing the road to EuroBasket 2013 this summer, with Omer Onan and, possibly, Hedo Turkoglu also not playing for Turkey

Kerem Tunceri and Omer Onan have been vital players in the Turkish national team backcourt in recent times but neither will feature for the side this summer.

The two players have asked to be excused from national team duty as the Turks try to reach EuroBasket 2013.

At EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, Tunceri averaged 6.2 points and 3.7 assists while at the 2010 World Championship, which Turkey hosted, he poured in 6.8 points and handed out 4 assists per game as the national team won the silver medal.

Onan averaged 5.0 in Poland and 8.6 at the World Championship.

The shooting guard upped his scoring average to 9.1 last year at the EuroBasket in Lithuania while Tunceri shot just 16.7% (four of 24) from long range and averaged 3.3 points per game.

Turkey's performance dropped off considerably as they fell short of the Quarter-Finals.

Bogdan Tanjevic, who has decided to come back and coach the national team in the Qualification Round, may be missing more than just the veteran guards.

There is also the possibility that 33-year-old Hedo Turkoglu may not play.

There is speculation in the Turkish media that Turkoglu will not be with the team in the Qualification Round, although the country's basketball federation has not ruled him out.

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