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Galatasaray Medical Park brings back Akyol
Jul 07, 2012
A young veteran returned to the Eurocup with the announcement Saturday that Galatasaray Medical Park inked swingman Cenk Akyol to a two-year deal. Akyol (1.97 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 4.7 points and 2 rebounds in 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. He helped Efes to reach the Euroleague Top 16 and the Turkish League finals. Despite his young age, Akyol played seven Euroleague seasons in two stints with Efes. Akyol had grown up in the Efes junior system and debuted in the Euroleague for the club at age 17, back in 2004-05. He played the next four years with Efes, too, although in 2007-08 he left the club to finish that season with Galatasaray. Akyol averaged 6.7 points in 10 ULEB Cup games with Galatasaray before returning to Efes in 2008-09. He spent the 2009-10 season with Avellino of Italy before returning to Efes in the last two years. Akyol has helped Efes to win two Turkish League and three Turkish League titles. He won a silver medal with Turkey at the 2010 FIBA World Championships. Akyol has led Turkey to win four other silver medals in youth competitions - at the U16 European Championshp in 2003, the U18 European Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the U20 European Championships in 2006.
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