Andac Yapicier worked in Anadolu Efes Istanbul more than 10 years in every stage of youth system. He won number of championships and became one of the most respectful coaches in his level despite his young age. Andac Yapicier gave an exclusive interview to Eurobasket.com Turkey about his past and future. In all sports, youth system has a great importance. What does youth system mean for basketball exactly? To be succesfull in sports, there is a need of good management, staff and players... [read more]
Andac Yapicier worked in Anadolu Efes Istanbul more than 10 years in every stage of youth system. He won number of championships and became one of the most respectful coaches in his level despite his young age. Andac Yapicier gave an exclusive interview to Eurobasket.com Turkey about his past and future.
In all sports, youth system has a great importance. What does youth system mean for basketball exactly?
To be succesfull in sports, there is a need of good management, staff and players, you can get temporary success with them but for consistent success, you have to invest youth system. Two of the biggest success' in Turkish sport history, UEFA Cup of Galatasaray and Korac Cup of Anadolu Efes Istanbul were result of success in youth system.
What can you say about youth systems in Turkey? Does it take the place in basketball they deserved?
Turkey is the busiest country with youth system in respect to number of games. In all ages, including school tournament, every children can compete in regional and national championships. Now, the question is not intensity of tournaments, we have to question quality of them. Players can not train individually since they does not find time from trainings and games of the teams. To fix this problem, fixture and training programs should be revised. Otherwise, players don't complete their fundemental education and we can see this weakness in international tournament.
What is the biggest problem of youth system in Turkey and how it can be solved as soon as possible?
It is a lack of consistency. Players can not maintain growing after reached some point in their education. Besides, players are struggling to find play time in their clubs. Players also usually give up instead of fighting when they face an obstacle. Indeed, our players have a lot of potential but the clubs are responsible to control and lead their potential.
Another problem is that our tournament is so much competitive. Coaches are focusing to win the games rather than improving their players. Of course, for any team and organisation winning the tournament participated is important but that is not everything. Youth system should aim to grow players for Men's team. To solve these problems, until 15 years of age, Federation should organize tournament which doesn't end with winners or losers.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul's place in Turkish basketball is indisputable. Youth system of Anadolu Efes Istanbul produced number of players over the years. On the other hand, short term plans with big budgets and foreing players caused some negative changes in organisation. Not just Anadolu Efes Istanbul but also all clubs in Turkey lost interest in youth system either transition of players to men's level or development of coaches in youth system. I do not consider is a mistake but it is a result of process.
Personally, i still believe Anadolu Efes Istanbul is susccessfull in growing players. This season 5 of 8 domestic players in Efes's roster are products of youth system. Players i worked with Cedi Osman, Furkan Korkmaz (200-SG-97), Emircan Kout, Oulcan Baykan and Okben Ulubay that i worked with are result of 10 years of operation.
As far as i understood from your answers, youth system is only responsible to serve players for Men's team. What about coaches? What does bring coaches to senior level? Like path of succesfull players, are succesfull coaches also need to be promoted?
'You grow as much as your dream and goal you put for yourself' This is my philosophy. Every coaches has dream to work in senior level. Process is so similiar how a player moves to senior level. Management should trust coaches like how coaches does their players. Of course, coaches have a lot to do in this process. Coaches have to develop themselves and to be open for new ideas while taking advantage of experiences.
Staff of Aydn Ors is the best example for your question. Ergin Ataman (agency: BeoBasket ), Oktay Mamudi, Hakan Demir and Yazer Ulug became head coach in their career
Let me make it personal. Please think of me as a General Menager of a team. Why do i need to sign Andac Yapcer to be part of staff? What kind of value that make Andac succesfull can you bring my team?
Coaching is not just something technical. Players are now much more emotional, and you have to earn their trust and confidence in every level. Sometimes, you need to be brother, sometimes you need to approach them as a friend. In your coaching, communication and justice are important. I always tried to build a relationship with my players based on these. There is always a special connection with my players. Winning is not everything, but i am also succesfull on that field. I believe when i got the chance, i want to carry all these stuffs to senior level.
You left Anadolu Efes Istanbul last summer. Then you had time with Chicago Bulls and attend Jordan Brand Classic. You were a coach in one of the biggest organisation in Europe, Anadolu Efes Istanbul but they are different experinces for you. How do you compare?
I totally agree that Anadolu Efes Istanbul is one of the most important organization in Europe. I was lucky being able to countribute Anadolu Efes Istanbul in all my duties from cadet team to Men's team. And of course, i grow up as a coach and person. In order to maintain my development i wanted to observe NBA and NCAA organisations. Having some time with Chicago Bulls on factory floor and living NBA atmosphere was so funny and educator. Head Coach of Chicago Bulls, Fred Hoilberg is so modest and sharing person, thanks to him, my time with Bulls was productive adventure. Then i was invited to join Jordan Brand Classic Camp by Nike to Zagreb. In 2009, i had a chance to work with same people in stanbul as well. It was honour for me represent Turkey with players Mert Konuk (Tofa), Eray Akyuez (Banvit), Yavuz Gueltekin (Darueafaka).
It is a fair assumption that your career in youth system is about to finish. I believe we will see you in different places with different jobs. 10 years is a long enough to touch players and their careers. For sure, you worked number of player but who could you tell me at once?
I had great time in Anadolu Efes Istanbul, i won a lot of championships with my players and other staff members and now it is time to move on. I worked with Duan Cantekin, Can Korkmaz, Melih Mahmutolu, Okben Ulubay, Oulcan Baykan, Cedi Osman, Furkan Korkmaz, Emircan Kout, Burakcan Yldzl, Tayfun Eruelkue, Ramazan Tekin.
At this point, i asked Furkan Korkmaz his opinion about Andac Yapicier. Here what Furkan Korkmaz said on his ex-coach 'Andac Coach was the key for me to join Anadolu Efes Istanbul. He trusted me, we had a great season together. I met him in my childhood and as a coach, he helped me a lot to mature on and off the court. We were a brotherlike relationship rather than being coach - player of each other and we keep same relationship. He knows how to get out of best from his players and how unity brings succes. At the same time, he is a very good coach to fun while leading his team to succes. I hope he will get what he deserved because he really worked hard and helped a lot of child like me to become real players."
There is a system that you were part of it in your Anadolu Efes Istanbul' career. As far as i know, during games you are recording the play and prepare some sequences in defense and offense asked by head coaches to show players in half time, locker room. Would you like to mention this system?
First time we started, Ufuk Sarica was head coach and Cetin Ylmaz was Technical Coordinator. In half time, coaches analyses statistics sheet and that time we prepared the plays which coach wanted to show players. Time is limited in locker room in half. Along with tension and adrenalin players can not remember the plays that coach mentions or remembers in otherwise than what actually happened. But when you do it with video, it is much more efficient to name the mistakes in first half and to solve the problems on the court. Of course, we did it thanks to technology and it made process faster. Cetin Ylmaz and Ufuk Sarca is valuable basketball people who cares the ideas comes from young generation and i believe this system is contributing a lot to the teams.
He started oversees career in Moscow, and after one year experience in Turkey, he is back in Moscow but with a much bigger club, maybe the biggest. This is a story of Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) so far and he gave an exclusive interview Eurobasket.com Turkey, like he did last year. In an interview with eurobasket.com one year ago, you mentioned that you were focused on playing as good as possible and then you would see where this fact was going to take you in season 2015/... [read more]
He started oversees career in Moscow, and after one year experience in Turkey, he is back in Moscow but with a much bigger club, maybe the biggest. This is a story of Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) so far and he gave an exclusive interview Eurobasket.com Turkey, like he did last year.
In an interview with eurobasket.com one year ago, you mentioned that you were focused on playing as good as possible and then you would see where this fact was going to take you in season 2015/16. It took you to CSKA Moscow, was this something you expected?
As I said one year ago, I don't expect anything for the future. I stay in the present and whatever is meant be in the future will work itself out. The fact that last year took me to CSKA Moscow is great and I'm grateful for the opportunity. Now I am here and I have that same mindset going forward.
At the same interview you mentioned that you wanted people to know you are much more than a scorer. This year, besides scoring you also have the major defensive role in guards doing a great job stopping the best guard of the opponent. How comfortable are you with this role and how was the transition to this role?
I am extremely comfortable with this role, I always have been. I believe I showed last year in the very powerful Turkish league that I can contribute both on offense and on defense and I am comfortable doing it at the highest Euroleague level as well. The transition was easy because it's always something I knew I could do and have shown at different points in my career. Now that I'm on a bigger stage, I feel that people will respect that fact now.
Just a few days before your first final-4, how do you feel about your presence there?
People always ask me about how I feel about me first Euroleague experience, first big club, first final four, ect... I have been around basketball all my life and learned from some of the best. At the end of the day it's a basketball game and I feel good about it.
This might be one of the first times that Cska is not considered the indisputable favourite of the final-4 and the first time the team is not built with too many superstars but with good chemistry and roles. How do you see your chances of wining the entire thing?
I feel that everyone in our locker room is confident. We have great guys and like you said great chemistry. We will be locked into the game plan and everyone will be ready to contribute. Therefore I like our chances.
This is your first year in Euroleague, how different is it playing in Euroleague and especially how different is it playing for a huge euroleague club which has all this pressure of succeeding in everything?
Euroleague is different because every game is a big game. Therefore you can expect maximum effort from both sides every game. The difference here is that you are expected to win every game. I think Cska is careful in who they decide to bring here, needing high character guys that can handle this type of pressure. I feel that the pressure makes you more focused and makes play better so it has been fun.
Coach Dimitris Itoudis is considered one of the best coaches in Euroleague being also watched by NBA clubs. You have experienced many NBA coaches and also European ones, How has coach Dimitris Itoudis helped you improve your game? And how do you compare him to the NBA coaches and the NBA style of coaching?
I think that he has has helped my basketball IQ grow. If you are playing for coach Dimitris Itoudis , as soon as you walk in the building you have to be mentally locked in. Even if you are practicing 5 on 0 offense he is challenging you to visualize what defense you will play against and make the correct read. I always felt I had a high basketball IQ but he has made me smarter. The style of coaching is completely different in Europe as to the NBA. In Europe it is all about the club and the coach has more power, while in the NBA it is more about the players and the coach doesn't have as much power. In the NBA it's all about how coaches can get their players to want to play for them. Coach Dimitris Itoudis ' personality and style of coaching is like the NBA and allows for that to happen
It is not easy in European basketball to climb from 2nd divison in Italy to Euroleague Final Four but Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar)did it. In 2014 summer, when he signed with Kolosso, i was told that Mike James could be a star one day. Now, after he became one of most important part of Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Final Four journey, Mike James gave an exclusive interview Eurobasket.com Turkey This is 4th year in professional basketball; you started with a small Croatian team, and t... [read more]
It is not easy in European basketball to climb from 2nd divison in Italy to Euroleague Final Four but Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) did it. In 2014 summer, when he signed with Kolosso, i was told that Mike James could be a star one day. Now, after he became one of most important part of Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Final Four journey, Mike James gave an exclusive interview Eurobasket.com Turkey
This is 4th year in professional basketball; you started with a small Croatian team, and then reached the top of European basketball. How have you keep improving?
I just work on my game everyday. I keep the mindset that I can always improve on something and just work hard. I used to watch Euroleague games and always think I could play in this league and when I got my chance I didn't let it slip away.
You are about to finish your second season in Laboral Kutxa Vitoria and the team achieved to make Final Four after 8 years. At the beginning of the season did you, i mean all team, expect this from yourselves?
At the beginning of the season we didn't really know what we could do or be but we just focused on the time at hand. We went game by game and every time we looked up throughout the year we were atop of Europe.
What is the main factor of this success so far?
I think our defense and our chemistry. We are a tight knit group and we all get along. I think that shows on the court. We are always communicating on the court and sharing the ball, which helps us win.
Personally, you are having a great season, your numbers got better compared to last season, your influence in the team is much more visible. How do you describe your position in the team?
I'm kind of the person who comes in to give a spark. I take some responsibility with the ball in my hands and just do what I can. I think my teammates and coaches just trust me to make good decisions and I try to do that.
You have a green light of shooting, creating for yourself and mates. Having a green light for any player in Eurolague level is very rare situation. How did coach Perasovic get the best out of you for the team?
I think he just trusts me to make decisions and when you have the trust and you get to go into the game and have confidence you play better that way.
In european basketball, teams have two good point guards to complete each other. But in Laboral Kutxa Vitoria, situation is quite different. You and Darius Adams have similar character and style. How do you evaluate this situation and how is your relationship with him?
I think we play similar but we are also different in a lot of ways as well but me and him are like brothers. So having someone like that in your team and we are successful it is nice.
Now, there is a Euroleague F4 in front of you. You will play against Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, they swept Real Madrid in quarter finals. How do you see your chance to reach final?
I think it's 50/50. We are both good teams and we both have had great seasons. We just have to go play our game and we will be fine.
Well I think we play pretty good defense ourselves so I don't think it's between those two factors but I think as well as we play our game we will beat Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and will get the outcome we want.
Whoever i interviewed or spoke with an American basketballer, they always called NBA as a dream. We know that last summer you were in Vegas with Phoenix. What is your career plan? Will you puh yourself to go NBA?
I don't know what it is at this point. This summer I will decide what I will do going forward but right now I just want to focus on finishing this season on a high note.
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