In response to a series of frontcourt injuries, Anadolu Efes has secured the services of big man Daniel Oturu for the remainder of the season, acquiring him on loan from Turkish Basketball League (TBSL) counterpart Yukatel Merkezefendi.
The 24-year-old center showcased his prowess, averaging an impressive 20.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in ten TBSL games this season.
Having previously played for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2020-21 NBA season and briefly for the Toronto Raptors the following year, Oturu also contributed to the Windy City Bulls in the G League.
Arriving just in time, Oturu is set to make his debut against Panathinaikos on Tuesday, aiming to fill the void left by Efes’ numerous frontcourt injuries.
The team has faced challenges with the absence of key players, including Tibor Pleiss, Ante Zizic, Derek Willis, Will Clyburn, and Rodrigue Beaubois, exacerbating their struggles in the EuroLeague.
Currently positioned 14th in the standings with a record of five wins and six losses, Efes, the EuroLeague champions of 2021 and 2022, anticipates Oturu’s contribution to fortify their frontcourt and elevate their performance in the ongoing season.