After a 10 year professional career John Turek (205-C-83, college: Nebraska, agency: ISM Hoops) has decided to hang it up. Turek is a 32 year old 205cm center that was a very consistent player that Banged well inside, could score from outside, defended hard and always knew what to do and where to stay in almost any moment of the game. Another reason for his long career was that an organization and coaching staff could always rely on him becuase he had a great attitude and team mentality. He wasn’t a guy that felt comfortable in only one country, but enjoyed to explore europe as he played two seasons in Germany with Phoenix Hagen and the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, played three seasons in Holland, three in Poland, and one in Belgium and in France. Especially German fans will remmeber him as he was a key player in the first BBL season of Phoenix Hagen in the 2009-2010 season. It was in this season where he experienced the documentary filming of Phoenix in der Asche where the Phoenix Hagen season was well documented. The big man from Council Bluffs, Iowa made the announcement of his retiring over the social media. “I just wanted to let everyone know that I have decided to retire from the game of basketball. After 10 professional seasons overseas and practicing a game that I love from the age of nine I have decided to pursue other opportunities. Thanks to everyone and anyone that ever encouraged, coached or prayed for me in my endeavor to chase a dream that became a reality. I am excited to see what the future holds and will always cherish the memories that I made throughout my time on the court”, stressed John Turek (205-C-83, college: Nebraska, agency: ISM Hoops).
Turek started his basketball career in 2001 at Nebraska (NCAA) where he played until 2005 playing a total of 115 NCAA games. He played under head coach Barry Collier and then already learned the definition of team basketball as he would play with future players that would go overseas like Andrew Drevo, Jason Douresseau and Wes Wilkinson and even a future NBA player with Aleks Maric. He started his professional basketball career in 2005 with Omniworld Almere (Holland-Eredivisie): 26 games: 17.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg. In the 2006-2007 season he remained in Holland and played for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie): 40 games: 7.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 52.1%, 3Pts: 16.7%. In the 2007-2008 season he had double double stats with the Gent Dragons (Belgium-D1) playing 33 games: 13.0ppg, Reb-2 (10.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), 2FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 56.0%. IN the 2008-2009 season he played for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 5.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg, 1.8bpg; Polish League: 40 games: 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 61.2%. In the 2009-2010 season he played for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 28 games: 12.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.6rpg), 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (1.4bpg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 61.8%. In the 2010-2011 season he went back to Holland to ball for GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-DBL): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 34.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 61.1%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 7pts, 1reb, 1steal; Dutch League: 50 games: 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 54.4%. In the 2011-2012 season he returned back to Poland to Trefl Sopot (Poland-PLK, starting five): 48 games: 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 62.5%. In the 2012-2013 season he signed with Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games: 13.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 70.4%. In the 2013-2014 season he had a year of basketball experience in France with Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (France-ProB) playing 40 games avergaing 14.5ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 65.1%. Last season he played for Rosa Radom (Poland-TBL): 34 games: 11.0ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 60.5%.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-Big 12 Academic 1st Team -05, Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -06, Dutch Cup Finalist -07
Polish Cup Semifinals -09, Polish League Regular Season Runner-Up -09, 12, Polish League Finalist -09, 12, Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -10, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -11, Polish League All-Star Game -12
Polish Cup Winner -12, Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Center of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Imports Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -13, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team -14, Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Imports Team -14, French ProB Play-Offs Semifinals -14, Polish Cup Finalist -15, and Polish League Semifinals -15