Scottie Wilbekin

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Scottie Wilbekin
Scottie Wilbekin.jpg
Wilbekin with the Florida Gators in December 2012
No. 1 – Maccabi Tel Aviv
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1993-04-05) April 5, 1993 (age 26)
Gainesville, Florida
NationalityAmerican / Turkish
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight176 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High schoolThe Rock School
(Gainesville, Florida)
CollegeFlorida (2010–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2015Cairns Taipans
2015AEK Athens
2015–2018Darüşşafaka
2018–presentMaccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards

Scottie Jordan Wilbekin (born April 5, 1993) is an American-born, naturalized Turkish professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for the Florida Gators, where he was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2014. Wilbekin played professional basketball in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Israel. He led Darüşşafaka to win the 2018 EuroCup title, while earning the EuroCup Finals and the Regular Season MVP awards.

College career[edit]

Wilbekin accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Gators teams from 2010 to 2014. During his 2013–14 senior season, he led the Florida Gators to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championship and the SEC Tournament title, and he was named the SEC Player of the Year by the conference's coaches and the Associated Press.[1][2] In addition, The Sporting News named him a third-team All-American.[3] With Wilbekin as the team's senior leader, the Gators advanced to the 2014 NCAA Final Four.

Professional career[edit]

Cairns Taipans (2014–2015)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Wilbekin joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the Orlando Summer League and the Philadelphia 76ers for the Las Vegas Summer League. On August 22, 2014, he signed with the Cairns Taipans for the 2014–15 NBL season.[4] On October 14, 2014, he was named Player of the Week for Round 1 after scoring 23 points against Adelaide on October 10 and 27 points against Melbourne on October 12.[5] On November 6, 2014, he was named Player of the Month for October after guiding the Taipans to a 6–0 unbeaten start to the season.[6]

On February 16, 2015, at the Taipans' annual awards night, Wilbekin was named the club Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player.[7] He and the Taipans went on to defeat the New Zealand Breakers in the final game of the regular season on February 22 to finish on top of the ladder for the first time in club history with a win/loss record of 21–7.[8] He was subsequently named Player of the Week for Round 20 after scoring 18 of his 25 points in the second half of the Taipans' 81–77 win over the Breakers which helped them secure the club's first ever minor premiership.[9] After sweeping the Perth Wildcats in the semi-finals, the Taipans faced the Breakers in the Grand Final series, going on to lose the series 2–0 following a game-winning shot by Ekene Ibekwe in Game 2.[10] Wilbekin appeared in all 32 games for the Taipans and averaged 15.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game.[11]

AEK (2015)[edit]

On March 12, 2015, Wilbekin signed with the Greek Basket League club AEK, for the rest of the 2014–15 Greek Basket League season.[12] In nine games with AEK, he averaged 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

Philadelphia 76ers (2015)[edit]

On June 30, 2015, Wilbekin joined the Orlando Magic white team for the Orlando Summer League.[13] On July 3, 2015, he re-signed with the Taipans for the 2015–16 NBL season.[14] Later that month however, after a stint with the Philadelphia 76ers at the Las Vegas Summer League,[15] Wilbekin opted out of his deal with the Taipans in order to sign in the NBA.[16] On July 24, 2015, he signed a four-year deal with the 76ers.[17][18] However, he was later waived by the team on October 26 after appearing in five preseason games.[19]

Darüşşafaka (2015–2018)[edit]

On October 31, 2015, he signed with Darüşşafaka Doğuş of Turkey for the 2015–16 season, with the option to extend for one season.[20]

On March 28, 2017, Wilbekin signed a two-year contract extension with Darüşşafaka.[21] In his second season with Daçka, Wilbekin helped the team to reach the 2017 EuroLeague Playoffs as the eighth seed, but they eventually were eliminated by Real Madrid in the Quarterfinals.

On January 1, 2018, Wilbekin was named EuroCup Regular Season MVP.[22] On March 23, 2018, Wilbekin recorded a career-high 41 points by shooting 10-for-15 from three-point range – which is a EuroCup all-time records in both categories for a non-overtime game, and led Darüşşafaka to the 2018 EuroCup Finals after an 87–83 win over Bayern Munich.[23] On April 6, 2018, Wilbekin was named Eurocup MVP and earned a spot in the All-EuroCup First Team.[24] On April 13, 2018, Wilbekin led Darüşşafaka to win the 2018 EuroCup Championship after beating Lokomotiv Kuban in the Finals, where he averaged 26 points per game. He was subsequently named the EuroCup Finals MVP.[25]

Maccabi Tel Aviv (2018–present)[edit]

On July 10, 2018, Wilbekin signed a three-year deal with Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv of the EuroLeague.[26] On October 18, 2018, Wilbekin scored a EuroLeague career-high 28 points, shooting 10-of-16 from the field, along with five assists and four rebounds in a 78–68 win over Budućnost.[27] Two days later, Wilbekin was named EuroLeague Round 3 co-MVP, alongside Rodrigue Beaubois.[28] On January 20, 2019, Wilbekin recorded a season-high 36 points, shooting 7-of-15 from 3-point range, along with four assists and three steals in a 94–104 overtime loss to Hapoel Tel Aviv.[29] In the fourth quarter of that game, Wilbekin scored an Israeli League-record 25 points for a single quarter.[30] On February 7, 2019, Wilbekin recorded 17 points, including a game-winner shot with 4.4 seconds left in a 65–64 win over Olympiacos.[31]

Turkey national team[edit]

On June 18, 2018, Wilbekin got a Turkish passport. He was subsequently named a member of the senior Turkish national basketball team, for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification games.[32] He made his debut with Turkey on June 28, 2018, scoring 13 points in a win over Ukraine.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Wilbekin's younger brother, Mitchell, played college basketball for Wake Forest University from 2014–2018; appearing in 119 games, starting 89, over his four-year career.[34] Scottie's other younger brother, Andrew, is currently attending Husson University in Maine.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes seasons in which Wilbekin won the EuroCup
Led the league

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2015–16 Darüşşafaka 20 5 21.3 .377 .350 .756 1.5 2.3 1.0 .1 10.3 7.8
2016–17 31 17 25.1 .429 .404 .870 1.8 3.2 1.4 .0 11.6 11.1
2018–19 Maccabi 29 29 24.3 .397 .328 .800 1.8 3.1 .9 .0 12.9 11.0
Career 80 51 23.8 .403 .360 .817 1.7 3.0 1.1 .0 11.1 9.8

EuroCup[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2017–18 Darüşşafaka 18 18 31.8 .451 .428 .829 2.4 4.8 1.6 0 19.7 21.3
Career 18 18 31.8 .451 .428 .829 2.4 4.8 1.6 0 19.7 21.3

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Florida 37 1 17.1 .348 .283 .600 1.5 1.6 1.0 .0 2.4
2011–12 37 1 15.2 .434 .457 .714 1.5 1.6 .6 .1 2.6
2012–13 35 29 31.9 .453 .359 .725 2.9 5.0 1.5 .1 9.1
2013–14 34 33 33.8 .402 .390 .725 2.4 3.6 1.6 .0 13.1
Career 143 65 24.2 .416 .376 .711 2.0 2.9 1.1 .1 6.6

Source: RealGM

References[edit]

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