The Charlotte 49ers have completed their 2009-10 men’s basketball recruiting class, landing Turkish national Gokhan (pronounced GO-kin) Sirin, a 6-foot-9, 201 pound forward with a soft shooting touch.
Sirin picked the 49ers Friday over Georgetown, Loyola (Md.) and South Florida, his high school coach, Dave Tallman, said. ESPN.com ranks Sirin the 62nd best power forward in the country in the class of 2009.
Sirin arrived in the United States last August and enrolled at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Md. He quickly established himself as a scorer and averaged 17 points a game this season for the Knights.
“Gokhan is a tough matchup and a great shooter,” said Tallman. “He is very skilled for his size and continues to work hard to get stronger. Right after graduation, he is leaving to play for the Turkish National Team. The game is a little slower over there, but he has made the adjustment quite well.”
St. Mary’s Ryken plays in the competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, which features prep powerhouse programs like Bishop McNamara, DeMatha and Gonzaga (D.C.).
Soon after his only high school season in the U.S. began, Sirin was attracting scholarship offers from Division I programs, Tallman said.
Sirin was recruited by Charlotte associate head coach Rob Moxley. “Gokhan loved his visit to Charlotte, loved the team,” Tallman said. “Coach Moxley really worked real hard to get him. I think it will be a great fit.”
Friday, May 8, 2009
Posted by Observer Sports at 3:46 PM