Hoops: Texas Signs Turkish Guard

Dogus Balbay of Istanbul, Turkey officially signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Texas, completing Rick Barnes' four-member 2007-08 recruiting class.

Point guard Dogus Balbay, who had up to this point been only a verbal commit to the Longhorns, signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball next season at The University of Texas, head coach Rick Barnes announced Monday. The addition of Balbay finalizes a four-man recruiting class that includes forwards Clint Chapman, Gary Johnson and Alexis Wangmene.

Balbay (6-1, 170) played his senior year of high school at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) under coach Jason Smith. He led Brewster to a 29-6 record and a runner-up finish at the NEPSAC Class A Championship while averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 assists per game during his senior season.

Balbay is originally from Istanbul, Turkey (not Constantinople) and spent the last two years playing on the Under 18 Turkish National team and he helped the squad place fourth at the 2006 European Championships.

In a release from Texas, head coach Rick Barnes said:

"Dogus is an important pickup for our program, as he will provide us quality depth at the point guard position. He has a clever international game and good athleticism. Dogus is a strong perimeter defender and a good playmaker who has the ability to score in the lane."

2007-08 Texas Basketball Recruiting Class
Dogus Balbay - G 6-1 170 Istanbul, Turkey (Brewster Academy [N.H.])
Clint Chapman - F 6-10 245 Canby, Ore. (Canby HS)
Gary Johnson - F 6-6 210 Houston, Texas (Aldine HS)
Alexis Wangmene - F 6-8 225 San Antonio, Texas (Blair Academy [N.J.])

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