NBA BASKETBALL SCHOOL TURKEY STAFF

Meet our administrative team and coaching staff who have significant experience in basketball at national and international level…

Neal Meyer

NBA Basketbol School Technical Director
12 Nov. 1974, Arizona, USA

Neal Meyer begins his eighth year with the NBA Europe office as Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations EMEA after spending 16 years working for five NBA teams in numerous capacities. He currently manages all youth and elite basketball development programs and initiatives in the region.

Burçin Badem

Chairman
5 Nov. 1971, İstanbul, Turkey

Former National Team Basketball Player, Active A License Basketball Coach, Basketball and Sports Event Manager, Sports Writer and Commentator… He has 25 years’ experience to manage sports organizations. Basketball, fitness, motorsports and sports tourism. During his off seasons as a professional basketball player, Burçin started to manage international sports organizations at the age of 20. He managed international basketball camps 0n 1999. He has got 20 years’ experience directing camps. Father of a Girl…

Naci Cansun

Executive Board Member – Camp Coordinator
22 Jun. 1971, İstanbul, Turkey

Naci Cansun started his career in sports in his family business over 30 years ago. In 1998, he founded Kamera Sports and became the Turkish office for the world’s largest sports agency IMG. He worked with almost all major clubs in Turkey including the National Football Team that won 3rd place in 2002 World Cup. NBA recruited him as the Country Director. In 2014, he was appointed to the London office of NBA as Associate Vice President of Turkey and Business Development. In November 2017, he left NBA and started his own business. During his time in NBA, he worked on Jr.NBA and NBA Academy projects, organizing many camps, schools and tournaments… He is married and father of a son and a daughter.

Hakan Yavuz

Executive Board Member Director of Camps
1 Jun. 1960, İstanbul, Turkey

He took part as an instructor in many coaching seminars organized by the TBF. He turned his face to basketball and took the initiative for many basketball players to sport and sustains academic life at the same time. He played a role in the emergence of star players. He is also the founding partner of our company. Married, a daughter and son…

Tim Shea

Executive Board Member
Technical Director NBA School Turkey
6 Mar. 1952, Brooklyn, New York, USA

A dedicated professional with 40 years of basketball related experience in both European and American markets and in a variety of sports organizations on both the Coaching/performance and business/managerial side. Married and he has a daughter and son… He speaks fluent Italian, Spanish, English and some German/Portuguese

Cem Akdağ

Leadership Team Member Basketball Coach
18 Mar. 1956, Samsun, Turkey

Former national team basketball player and national team basketball coach. Cem Akdag is a coach who has achieved great success in both male and female basketball. He took part as an instructor in many coaching seminars organized by the Basketball Federation. Married and he has a son…

Jermelle “Speedy” Fraser

Basketball Coach

20 Aug. 1987, New York, USA

He is an individual development coach in the NBA Basketball School and Development Camps.

Fatih Emre Gezer

Leadership Team Member Basketball Coach
12 Jun. 1978, İstanbul, Turkey

Assistant Basketball Coach for over 15 years of experience in different levels of competitions. Mainly focus on player scouting, game preparation and correction, player development coaching and recruiting prospect players. He has been active coach in many basketball camps held by White Shadow since 2007. Fatih is maried and has a daughter.

Serkan Tören

Serkan Tören

Leadership Team Member Basketball Coach

21 Feb. 1977, İstanbul, Turkey

He has 13 year playing career. Started coaching career in 2006 and he was head coach of Mugla Orman Spor team on 2017-18 season.

Özer Özeler

Leadership Team Member Basketball Coach and Trainer

Performance Specialist and Trainer 12 Years Experienced. He graduated from Gazi University School of Physical Education and Sports in 2005. He has been playing basketball for many years in various categories, licensed underwater sports and diving. He also performed basketball coaching and infrastructure training in various age groups, fitness consulting for sports centers, swimming coaching, personal trainer and sports clubs, Basketball U20 National Men Team Conditioner. He has worked with many athletes from different branches. Ozer is the is the founder of the sporting performance and consulting company Personal Exercise. He is maried and the father of a girl…

Aziz Taştekin

Leadership Team Member Basketball Coach
9 Apr. 1980, İstanbul, Turkey

18 Years Experienced Basketball Coach and Teacher. Aziz Taştekin has been working in schools for 12 years as a teacher of Physical Education. He has been serving as Head of Department for the last 8 years and has been successful in organizing sports especially for students in primary and secondary education. He is known as a very good fundamental coach and helped many players grow up in Ankara. He has been active coach in many basketball camps held by White Shadow since 2007. Aziz is married and father of two sons.

Serkan Karayel

Head Coach of Basic Skill Coordination – Pre School Kids’
15 Nov. 1981, İstanbul, Turkey

Serkan Karayel is the chief coach of the Primary Skill Coordination Team of pre-school children. He specializes in programs that can blend physical development training with Basketball Fundamental training. A valuable coach for Individual Development Trainings.

Tahsin Tahmaz

Talent ID and Performans Measurement Director

30 Years Basketball Player and Coaching Experience. Former Basketball Player, He is team leader in Talent ID and Performance Measurement… Married with Funda Tahmaz and he has a daughter and a son…

Funda Tahmaz

Leadership Team Member Girls Team Coach

Former Basketball Player 20 Years Basketball Coaching Experience. Funda is U16 National Women Team Asistant Coach. She is in FIBA EUROPE Coaching FECC IV Program. Married with Tahsin Tahmaz and she has a daughter and a son…

COLLABORATION: WHITESHADOW & TITAN ACADEMY

Bilkay Bıyık

Titan Akademi Spor Eğt. Hiz. Turizm San. Tic.Ltd. Şti. Managing Partner

Buğra Hızal

27 Sep. 1986, İstanbul, Turkey

12 Years Experience at Basketball School Coaching. He is working as Coordinator at Titan Academy which is Solution Partner of White Shadow. Beside Titan Academy Coordinator, he is still the President of Basketball Schools Association, Chairman of Basketball Infrastructure Coaches Platform, Team Coach of Kadıköy Municipality.

Buğra Oğuz

24 Aug. 1988, İstanbul, Turkey

7 Years Experience at Basketball School Coaching. He is working as youth teams Technical Director at Titan Academy which is Solution Partner of White Shadow.

GUEST COACHES

Selçuk Ernak

Basketball Coach
25 Aug. 1970, İstanbul, Turkey

Ahmet Çakı

Basketball Coach
27 Sep. 1986, İstanbul, Turkey