Frutti Extra Bursaspor will be making its international debut in 2020-21 - just one season removed from playing in Turkey’s second division. The team debuted in the Turkish top basketball league in 2019-20 and started the season with a 3-1 record. A 2-5 stretch followed and later a four-game losing streak before Bursaspor put together a four-game winning streak for an 11-12 record and ninth place when the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the remainder of the season. While Bursaspor will be new to the international game, its new rookie head coach Tutku Acik will not be, as he played 97 games in the EuroLeague with Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas - as recently as 2012-13 - and 45 more games in the EuroCup with Turk Telekom and Galatasaray. Now Acik and Bursaspor start their own European adventure.
Frutti Extra Bursaspor was founded in 2014 and started playing in the Turkish third division. The team won the regular season in 2016 but finished second in the final stage, getting the jump to the second division. For the second division, Bursaspor brought in Dejan Borovnjak who had 62 games of EuroLeague experience and 46 contests in the EuroCup; and Karlo Vragovic, who was a Croatian youth international and played for Cibona Zagreb in the EuroLeague. The Balkan duo carried the team to fourth in the regular season in 2016-17 and finished the season third, just missing the jump to the Turkish first division. Borovnjak and Vragovic stayed with Bursaspor and helped the team reach the second division semifinals in 2017-18 and then win the league in 2018-19 and earn promotion to the Turkish top flight. Bursaspor’s debut in the top Turkish league started with a 3-1 record and the mark was 11-12 for ninth place when the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the remainder of the season. Now, Bursaspor starts its maiden European journey.