Batuk with the Anadolu Efes
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|League||Turkish Basketball League
January 30, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||191 lb (87 kg)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Birkan Batuk (born January 30, 1990) is a Turkish professional basketball player for Darüşşafaka Doğuş of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He mainly plays the shooting guard position, but he also has the ability to play as a small forward if needed.
Batuk started to play basketball with Pamukspor. He moved to Ülkerspor junior team after his outstanding success with Pamukspor. He signed a professional contract with Alpella after playing for Ülkerspor junior team. He made his professional debut in the Turkish Basketball League with Alpella during the 2006-07 season. He signed a contract with Trabzonspor for 1 year in the TB2L after playing with Alpella.
In the summer of 2009, he signed a contract with Pınar Karşıyaka. In the June of 2011, he signed an extension contract with Pınar Karşıyaka until 2013.
On May 7, 2011, Batuk also scored a career-high 31 points in 25 minutes (on 7/8 3 pointers) in a victory against Trabzonspor.
In the summer of 2012, Batuk was transferred to Anadolu Efes where he signed a two-year deal. In May 2014, he re-signed his contract with Anadolu Efes. In August 2014, he suffered an Achilles tendon injury during the pre-season game. He was expected to be 5-6 months off the court.
Turkish national team
Batuk was also a regular Turkey youth national team player.