Darussafaka Istanbul

Scottie Wilbekin (Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul) The Kids In Turkey Call Me The Turkish Steph Curry But I Think That´s A Little Too High

Scottie Wilbekin is a 24 year old 188cm point guard from Gainsville, Florida that is playing his fourth professional season and third with Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-BSL). Last season he played 26 games averaging 13.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 82.4%. In the Euroleague, he played 31 games averaging 11.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-4(1.4spg), FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 87.0% As a rookie he played with Cairns Taipans (Australia-NBL, starting five) playing 32 games averaging 15.2ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-4(4.3apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 83.5%, in Mar.’15 moved to AEK Athens (Greece-A1) playing 9 games averaging 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 66.7%. He played at Florida from 2010-2014 playing 143 games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 13.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 72.5%. He scorched FC Bayern Munich for 65 points in the two game Eurocup series. In game two he scored 41 points leading Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul to the 87-83 victory and Eurocup final. German Hoops spoke to him after the win.

Scottie thanks for talking to German Hoops. You have been in Germany before playing against teams Alba Berlin and the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Was last seasons tight series against Bamberg where you won both games by only two points your biggest highlights against German teams before Munich??

Yes those games were big, and biggest was my teammate last season Brad Wanamaker scoring 30 points in our two point win. He really took control in that game.

One could call you Mr crunch-time as well as your team. You beat Bamberg twice in crunch-time, bear Munich a few days and tonight again overall  Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-BSL) has been exceptional this season in the Eurocup winning tight games. What has been the secret to being so strong in the last minutes this season?

Our defense has been the key this season for our ability to win close games. Guys like Howard Sant-Roos, Michael Eric and Jajuan Johnson are all about defense. These guys really take their game on the defensive end to a totally new level on the defensive end in crunch-time.

Congrats on the exciting 87-83 win in game 2 in Munich. What an amazing and tight series. Besides your 41 points tonight what was key for reaching the final? Did you guys just want it a bit more than the German team?

I don´t know about that, but I do know that we wanted to win this game a lot. We knew coming into game 2 in Munich that it would be a tough environment with the fans. We were able to bear down at the end and key was our defense and defensive rebounds.