NBA EME Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations. Program Consultant
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.
Chairman, Beyaz Gölge
A former Turkish National team player, Burçin has 25 years of experience managing high level sports organizations. He began managing international camps during the offseason of his pro career. He has a strong passion for the game and is extremely committed to providing young players in Turkey with a proper setting to learn the fundamentals of the game.
To contact Burçin, please email him at:
or by phone:
+90 506 641 29 12
Director Of Coaches
A dedicated professional with 40 years of basketball related experience in both Euro-pean and American markets and in a variety of sports organizations on both the Coaching/performance and business/managerial side.
Born February 2 nd , 1962, in Washington D.C., USA, after completing his studies in Italy, in Graphic Art and Photography, and following several courses at Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, and at the Italian Superior Institute of Physical Education, in Padova, he begins his professional basketball coaching career in Italy.
FIBA coach (n. 2014501868), for decades he has organized and taken part in numerous basketball camps and has been invited by National Federations to hold coaching clinics in Italy, Greece, Austria, England ,Slovenia, China and Mexico.
He touched a basketball for the first time at the age of nine and has been a player until he graduated from college. He decided to combine his experience of his time as a basketball player with his education in psychology in order to help young players in their road to success.
During and after his college years, he took part in many organisation such as Basketball Clubs, Parent Consulting Centers. He earned his ‘’Applied Sports Psychology’’ certificate which supervised by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and approved by the TPD right after his graduation. He took an internship oppurtunity in Besiktas FC Youth Setup as an Sport Psychologist during his education in this programme. He then worked with Yakın Dogu University Basketball Team and Göztepe Swimming Team as an Psychologic Consultant. And now he has successfully completed his master degree in Clinic Psychology at Istanbul Kent University with his study in ‘’Differences in Emotinal Intelligence and Mental Heatlh between Licensed Basketball Players and Retired Players’’ He also sought ways to improve himself with spesific courses such as ‘’Short-term, Solution based Therapy’’ (Dr. Nevin Dölek) and ‘’Cognitive Behavorial Therapy’’ (Proff. Doctor M. Hakan Türkçapar)
Nevzat Erdem Şerefli
His curiosity for basketball started when he was at the primary school. He played for his highschool’s team. After Highschool, he wanted to be doing something closely related to sports and especially Basketball so chose to study in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. In his college years, he also started working at the college’s fitness gym as an instructor and conditioner. He found himself capable and fond of teaching. It’s probably because he attended to a Highschool which specializes in training future teachers. So he gave his best at lecturing his students at the gym during these years.
He took internships at many Physiotherapy Centers and Hospitals in Istanbul during his senior year in College. He joined the White Shadow staff after his graduation and attended their NBA Basketball School Camps in Kartepe and İzmir. He also helped as a Physiotherapist to other young basketball Teams during these times. He serves as a Physiotherapist, Conditioner and Assistant Coach in the NBA Basketball School Turkey right now.
Ali Haydar Demirkan
OP Staff / Physiotherapist / Translator
Believe it or not, his interest in basketball started with “Space Jam”. He couldn’t played much in his teens but he always admired the game.
During his college years in physiotherapy, he realized that doing sports doesn’t always mean one would get healthy, sometimes it’s the opposite. So players would need help from physicians, physiotherapists and other medical personnel. Thus he decided to work with players. He took internships accordingly to his purpose and he also took part in organizing various events and symposiums in his college. He worked for physiotherapy community. He was a representative of Turkish Physiotherapist Association in his university. He is now using his utmost abilities to help make things work smoothly within our organization. He also manages translation working with our Coaching Staff.