Big Man Lands In U.S.; Picks Up Offers

Deniz Kilicli, a senior-to-be, recently popped up in the United States and he's become a popular name among college coaches. He's already picked up a pair of scholarship offers.

High major coaches have been searching high and low, far and wide for a big man that can play at their level. Well, it appears that one has popped up in Deniz Kilicli, of Mountain State Academy.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound big man made his way to the United States just three weeks ago from Turkey, but that wasn't his first trip to the states. He recently played in the adidas Nations event in Dallas (Tex.).

"I think it was a good opportunity for players," Kilicli, of the 2009 class, said. "After playing there I started to get interest from coaches. It was a good opportunity."

After his strong showing at the event, interest in Kilicli picked up and he opted to make a move to the United State for his senior year of high school. Since arriving a number of college programs have shown interest.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins watched him work out and offered him on the spot. Kentucky was in recently and did the same. Connecticut is scheduled to check him out soon, as is USC, Texas and Kansas.

"Schools are coming to see me and I'm trying my best to show myself," Kilicli said.

"They come over here with very limited knowledge of what school is what," Mountain State Academy coach Rob Fulford said. "I think it's going to be a long process for him. He's just starting to get into the NCAA recruiting limelight. It's probably a little overwhelming for him."

So what's to like about Kilicli? According to the Fulford and the prospect himself, he plays a strong, physical style of ball and is capable of using both hands around the rim.

"I play strong in the post and I have a good mid-range game," the talented big man claimed. "I'm left handed and I get hit some sky hooks."

"Physically he will dominate games here," Fulford said. "He plays with his back to the basket and he can score with both hands. He's ambidextrous. He plays in the paint left handed, but shoots threes with his right hand."

There's a possibility that Kilicli will take an unofficial visit to West Virginia in the next week or so. But according to his coach, a decision is far off, as he's just now getting a feel for the process and the schools involved.

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