Sipahi with the Fenerbahçe in December 2013
|No. 25 – Coosur Real Betis|
|Born||May 26, 1995|
Pristina, Serbia and Montenegro (now Pristina, Serbia)
|Nationality||Turkish / Serbian|
|Listed height||6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kenan Sipahi (Albanian: Kenan Spahiu, born May 26, 1995) is a Kosovar-Turkish professional basketball player for Coosur Real Betis of the Liga ACB. The point guard of Albanian descent stands at 6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m).
Sipahi started playing basketball in Bursa at the age of 11 and quickly became a top-level prospect in the country at 15.
Sipahi made his breakthrough in a 2012–13 season. He played plenty of minutes in the league and EuroChallenge. On January 15, 2013, he scored a game winning three-pointer against Khimik. He averaged 7 points and 2.7 assists in 32 league games.
On September 2, 2013, he signed a three-year contract with option to extend for one season with Fenerbahçe. At the age of 19, he made the roster of Fenerbahçe in the Euroleague. In February 2014, he had season-ending injury, after breaking his arm in Turkish Cup game against Trabzonspor. In his first Euroleague season with the team, he averaged 2.7 points, 1.1 assists and 1 rebound over 15 games.
On September 30, 2015, he was loaned to Karşıyaka for one season. Over the season, he averaged 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the Turkish League, while also having career-high averages of 5.3 points and 3.7 assists in the Euroleague. On July 1, 2016, he was released from Fenerbahçe.
On July 13, 2016, Sipahi signed a one-year contract with Beşiktaş. On July 18, 2017, he re-signed with Beşiktaş for two more seasons. On August 6, 2019, Sipahi signed a two-year deal with Spanish club Coosur Real Betis.
Turkish national team
Sipahi is a regular Turkish youth national team player. He helped Turkey's U-18 national team win the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he was named to the MVP and All-Tournament Team, averaging 10.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Also he played at the EuroBasket 2017 with Turkey's men's basketball national team
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
Accomplishments and awards
- 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: MVP
- 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: All-Tournament Team
- "Fenerbahce Ulker sign Kenan Sipahi". sportando.net. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
- "Fenerbahçe Ülker'de 3 yeni isim". fenerbahce.org (in Turkish). 2 July 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Fenerbahce Ulker loses Sipahi for 3 months". euroleague.net. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
- "Fenerbahce officially loans Kenan Sipahi to Pinar Karsiyaka". sportando.com. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- Infırmation about Kenan Sipahi contract
- "Kenan Sipahi Beşiktaş Sompo Japan'da". bjk.com.tr (in Turkish). 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- Besiktas Sompo Japan re-sign Kenan Sipahi for two seasons
- "Kenan Sipahi signs with Real Betis". Sportando. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
- "Pričaj srpski da te turski košarkaš razume: Kenan Sipahi o duelu sa Srbijom #EuroBasket2017". youtube.com. Retrieved 7 September 2017.