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Larkin called up to Turkey squad for FIBA qualifiers

Larkin invited to Turkish basketball team squad to play against Netherlands and Sweden in FIBA EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers

Muhammed Enes Calli   | 13.02.2020
Larkin called up to Turkey squad for FIBA qualifiers

ANKARA

The Turkish Basketball Federation announced Thursday the official squad for the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers.

The U.S.-born Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes point guard, was called up to Turkey squad for the first time after his application for Turkish citizenship was accepted.

Larkin received his Turkish identity card from Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu in a ceremony at in the capital Ankara on Thursday.

The Turkish Basketball Federation previously confirmed that 27-year-old player's application was approved by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan so Larkin will be eligible to play for Turkey.

Larkin has now dual citizenship, as he is also holding U.S. passport.

Turkey will face the Netherlands in their first match in the qualifiers at home on Feb. 21, as they will take on Sweden in an away match on Feb. 24.

Here is the Turkish squad:

Shane Larkin, Dogus Balbay, Sertac Sanli, Tolga Gecim (Anadolu Efes), Burak Can Yildiz (Besiktas Sompo Sigorta), Kartal Ozmizrak (Darussafaka Tekfen), Melih Mahmutoglu (Fenerbahce Beko), Goksenin Koksal (Galatasaray Doga Sigorta), Semih Erden, Metecan Birsen (Pinar Karsiyaka), Sehmuz Hazer (Teksut Bandirma), Muhsin Yasar, Berkan Durmaz, Berk Ugurlu (TOFAS), Metin Turen (Turk Telekom).

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