ANDhe Turkish international base of Albanian-Kosovar origin Kenan Sipahi has reached an agreement with Casademont Zaragoza to replace the injured Omar Cook in the direction of the game of the Aragonese team for the next four months with the option of extending it until the end of the season.
Sipahi (Pristina, 1995) already has experience in the Endesa League after his time at Coosur Real Betis, so he will hardly need an adaptation period.
The new rojillo player began his professional career with only 16 years of age in the 2010-2011 season with Tofas Bursa, where he played two other campaigns, the last one being the best on a personal level, leading the team in both the SüperLigi Basketbol and the EuroChallenge.
His growth helped him in 2013 to sign for Fenerbahçe, with whom he made his Euroleague debut at the age of 19. After recovering from a broken arm, in 2015 he left on loan to Pinar Karsiyaka, with whom he competed again in the Euroleague, improving the averages of its first two seasons in the top continental competition.
During the summer of 2016, the new Casademont point guard signed for Besiktas, with whom he competed three seasons before his arrival in the Endesa League that took place in 2019 with Coosur Real Betis, with whom he played 23 games, averaging 7 , 3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a PIR of 8.3.
After his time in the Seville team, he returned to Turkey to join Fenerbahçe again, with whom he also played last season with 6.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists on average in the SüperLigi Basketbol, ??in addition to participate in 10 Euroleague matches.
As an international with Turkey, he played the EuroBasket in 2017; in 2011 he won the bronze medal at the U18 European Championship in Poland and two years later he won gold in Latvia, also being named MVP of the tournament.
He has a great defensive level due to corpulence and can give us a plus in rebounding due to size. It can defend in different perimeter positions and can provide other types of defense taking advantage of its size
For Casademont Zaragoza coach, Jaume Ponsarnau, the incorporation of Sipahi “can clearly help them with Omar Cook’s injury.” “He has a great defensive level due to corpulence and can give us a plus in rebounding due to size. He can defend in different perimeter positions and can provide other types of defense taking advantage of his size,” he explained.
“He is a player for whom we value his experience in the Endesa League, in which he already played a year and grew a lot, he ended up picking up the pace, something very important for a point guard. We value his capacity for growth and improvement, he is hard-working and has had the ambition to want to return to the Endesa League “.