|07 January 2014|
|Baris Ermis brings experience to Gaziantep and will be highly motivated after finding himself on the bench very often with Fenerbahce|
EuroChallenge club Royal Hali Gaziantep have added depth at the point guard spot by securing the services of Turkish playmaker Baris Ermis until the end of the current season.
The 28-year-old guard arrives at Gaziantep on loan from Euroleague powerhouse Fenerbahce, where he had seen limited action under coach Zeljiko Obradovic during the first half of the season, as he was competing for playing time with the likes of Bo Mccalebb, Omer Onan and teenage sensation Kenan Sipahi.
Ermis averaged 1.2 points and 1 assist in the five games he played in the Turkish BEKO TBL league, while he only featured in a single encounter in the Euroleague Regular Season, spending six minutes on the court in Fenerbahce's win over Budivelnik Kyiv.
The 1.94m point guard delivered his credentials on the international stage in 2005, when he led in scoring and assists the Turkish national team at the U20 European Championship.
While he remained in the mix of the national team, Ermis never reproduced that form at senior level and his only participation with Turkey in a major tournament came at the 2010 World Championship on home soil, where he averaged 2.2 points and 1 assist per game.
On club level however, Ermis has played for some of Turkey's most celebrated clubs, starting his professional career at Besiktas and continuing at Anadolu Efes from 2004 to 2007, then moving on to Pinar Karsiyaka and Turk Telekom Ankara and spending three excellent season at Banvit, from 2009 to 2012.
During his last year at the Bandirma club, Ermis averaged 8.3 points and 5.6 assists per game in the TBK and his performances caught the eye of Fenerbahce, who decided to sign him in the summer of 2012.
In his first season defending the colours of the Istanbul powerhouse, half of which was under the orders of current Italy head coach Simone Pianigiani, the Turkish point guard averaged 5.6 points on 45.7% from three-point range and 2.7 assists in the TBL and 2.8 points with 1.4 assists in the Euroleague.
Ermis is no stranger to the EuroChallenge, as he competed in the 2010 edition while playing for Banvit and averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Banvit just missed out on the quarter-final play-offs that season, as they finished tied at 3-3 with second-placed Port of Antwerp Giants in Last 16 Group L but the Belgian side advanced because of their better goal average.
Gaziantep, who also added Slovenian international Domen Lorbek in their backcourt since coach Jure Zdovc took the reins of the team in late November, are pitted in Group K of the EuroChallenge Last 16 and commence that stage of their campaign with a clash against BK Ventspils at home on 14 January.
SAMARA BID FAREWELL TO BRACEY WRIGHT
|Bracey Wright will make the move from Krasnye Krylia to Hapoel Jerusalem|
Krasnye Krylia Samara, the EuroChallenge reigning champions, have confirmed that shooting guard Bracey Wright will continue his career at Israel club Hapoel Jerusalem.
In a statement on the official website of the club, Krasnye Krylia explain that Hapoel have met the clause in the 29-year-old American's contract and thank the player for his services and professional attitude during his stay in Samara.
Wright led Samara in scoring in the EuroChallenge Regular Season with 17.8 points per game and also contributed 2.8 rebounds and 2 assists per night.
The Russian club have not announced any new additions to the roster to replace the American guard, but head coach Sergey Bazarevich will be able to count again very soon with team captain Aaron Miles.
The veteran point guard missed Samara's game at the weekend, a 91-58 loss to Khimki in the VTB United league, as he had received permission by the club to travel to his native USA and assist in the birth of his son, which took place on Monday.
Miles should be able to join his team-mates ahead of the crucial VTB clash against fellow EuroChallenge club Triumph Lyubertsy, next weekend.
Krasnye Krylia kick off their EuroChallenge Last 16 campaign on 14 January with a home game against Tartu University Rock in Group I action.