Career: Tuborg Izmir (Turkey-Div. 1, 1997-98), Tofas Bursa (Turkey-Div. 1, 1998-2001), Ülker (Turkey-Div. 1, 2001-05), Tau Ceramica (Spain-ACB, 2005-…).
Serkan Erdogan was destined for stardom in 2001, but a two-year drug ban put his career on hold. But Serkan got his chance to display his scoring skills in the Euroleague when Ibrahim Kutluay left Ülker. Erdogan is a very powerful player for his position and uses that strength to his advantage. Being a terrific shooter, defenses have to guard him closely, and he initiates contact knowing his superior strength will prevail. Having played point guard at the junior level, his ball handling skills are also finely tuned. That's why Tau grabbed him at the first opportunity. And he has shown everyone that he can do it in the ACB, too. Erdogan was instrumental in Tau's King Cup success, and his 24 points in Game Three of the Euroleague play-offs at Panathinaikos were legendary. He carried his team to the Final Four. But that's no wonder as he performs best in pressure situations.
Serkan is not a great slasher and his not-so-quick feet may give him trouble on defense. But he is the ultimate competitor and has a pair of hands coaches can always count in big situations.