Turkish Standout Cem Dinc Signs To Play With Hoosiers
Sept. 1, 2005
Bloomington, Ind. - Cem Dinc (pronounced Gem Dinch), a member of the Turkish national team which is currently playing at the European Championships, has signed to play basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers, IU head coach Mike Davis announced. The 6-10, 245-pound forward is eligible to compete for Indiana this fall, and joins Marco Killingsworth, Lewis Monroe, Earl Calloway, Ben Allen and Joey Shaw as this season's newcomers.
"We are ecstatic about Cem's decision to play at Indiana," Davis said. "He has a wealth of talent and should contribute immediately. Getting a player of Cem's talent this late in the recruiting process is a big bonus for us. Our coaching staff did an outstanding job in this entire process and deserve the credit."
Dinc is considered an aggressive rebounder and defender who uses his size and power. Offensively, Dinc can go outside or inside and has the quickness and skills to get around a defender. Dinc is one of the quicker big men in the game, as he boasts of running a 10.80 in the 100-meters. Additionally, his academic performance matches his game on the court, as he comes to Indiana with a 3.7 GPA.
Davis sees Dinc as someone who can step in and play immediately.
"Cem is a terrific talent who can play the two or the three," Davis said. "He is big, strong and fast and can cause match up problems for our opponents. He can shoot from the outside on bigger players, or post inside against a smaller defender."
Renowned recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons of All-Star Sports has heard glowing reports on Dinc's potential, and agrees with Davis' assessment.
"He's reputed to be a top international player, and from what I've heard in college circles he's a player who is loaded with potential," Gibbons said. "Generally, you find that international players are more fundamentally skilled than players over here, and from what I understand he's a typical international player in that regard."
Dinc is a valuable addition to one of the nation's premeir frontcourt lineups.
"We will be able to create some serious match up issues up front," Davis said. "Marco is one of the best players in the nation, D.J. (White) will have another year under his belt and Ben (Allen) and Sean (Kline) provides quality depth in the middle."
Dinc is enthusiastic about becoming a Hoosier and the future of IU basketball.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my visit (at Indiana)," Dinc said, who actually lives in Germany but also has Turkish citizenship. "It was great. It made my decision really quick and easy. I was impressed with everything.
"First of all, the coaching staff is great. Coach Davis actually played for Coach (Bogdan) Tanjevic, my national coach, when he played pro ball in Italy. I got to meet Coach (Kerry) Rupp and Coach (Donnie) Marsh, and they are both great people. The President (Dr. Adam Herbert), the Athletic Director (Rick Greenspan) and all the people I met were great."
Davis will look to use Dinc as the small forward, creating a strong front line for the Hoosiers, joining IU's post players White, Killingsworth, Kline and Allen.
White is a 6-9 talented inside presence who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American last season. White is the team's leading returning scorer (13.2 ppg), rebounder (4.9 rpg) and shot blocker (2.2 bpg). In fact, his 64 blocks a season ago were the most by an IU freshman in school history. Over the summer, White worked as a camp counselor at the renowned Michael Jordan Flight School.
Killingsworth, who is 6-7, 260 pounds, was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference performer became just the 10th player in Auburn history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds in only three seasons. He is coming off the Big Ten Foreign Tour where he led the team with 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
Allen is coming off a solid performance with the Australian U-21 National Team at the FIBA World Youth Championships, helping the "Crocs" to a fourth-place finish at the event. He spent the 2004-05 season at the Australian Institute of Sport where he averaged 23.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 blocks a game.
The Hoosier backcourt is also a strength of IU's team. Leading the way are returnees Robert Vaden, A.J. Ratliff and Marshall Strickland, each of whom posted impressive numbers from a season ago. Vaden, who was tabbed as a Big Ten All-Freshman performer, returns as the team's second leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 10.2 points and 4.3 boards per contest. Ratliff led the team in three-point percentage (.436), while Strickland was the team-leader in assists per game (3.4).
Killingsworth's teammate Lewis Monroe was a three-year starter at Auburn and was the floor general in the Tigers' 2003 Sweet 16 appearance. Junior college transfer Earl Calloway was tabbed an Honorable Mention National Junior College Association of American (NJCAA) All-American and Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (GJCAA) All-Conference performer out of Georgia Perimeter College.
True freshman Joey Shaw also brings impressive resumes to IU. Shaw was selected as the Northwest Region Player of the Year and ranked 19th in the nation among guards according to noted recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons. He averaged 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while shooting .530 from the floor last season at Deer Valley High School.
The Hoosiers will open the regular season with a home game against Nicholls State on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall. IU will host two exhibition games prior to the regular-season opener against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on Nov. 4 and the University of Indianapolis on Nov. 11. Game times for the preseason games will be announced at a later date.
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