Texas Signs PG Dogus Balbay
AUSTIN, TX - Point guard Dogus Balbay (Istanbul, Turkey) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball next season at The University of Texas, head coach Rick Barnes announced today. The addition of Balbay finalizes a four-man recruiting class that includes forwards Clint Chapman, Gary Johnson and Alexis Wangmene.
"Dogus is an important pickup for our program, as he will provide us quality depth at the point guard position," Barnes said. "He has a clever international game and good athleticism. Dogus is a strong perimeter defender and a good playmaker who has the ability to score in the lane."
Balbay (6-1, 170) played his senior year of high school at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) under coach Jason Smith. He led Brewster to a 29-6 record and a runner-up finish at the NEPSAC Class A Championship while averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 assists per game during his senior season.
Balbay spent the last two years playing on the Under 18 Turkish National Team, and he helped the squad place fourth at the 2006 European Championships. He also played two years on the Under 16 Turkish National Team and led that squad to the 2005 European Championship.
2007-08 Texas Basketball Recruiting Class
Name Yr Pos Ht Wt Hometown (Previous School)
Dogus Balbay Fr. G 6-1 170 Istanbul, Turkey (Brewster Academy [N.H.])
Clint Chapman Fr. F 6-10 245 Canby, Ore. (Canby HS)
Gary Johnson Fr. F 6-6 210 Houston, Texas (Aldine HS)
Alexis Wangmene Fr. F 6-8 225 San Antonio, Texas (Blair Academy [N.J.])