Deniz Kilicli became one of the hottest prospects this fall after coming to the States from his native Turkey. Over the weekend the 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward at Beckley (W.V.) Mountain State School visited his new home state school and gave them a commitment.
Coach Bob Huggins of West Virginia has now added a fourth prospect to his 2009 recruiting class with the commitment of Kilicli according to his high school coach Rob Fulford.
"Bob Huggins, that's what it came down to," said Coach Fulford. "They hit it off immediately. Each week Coach Huggins could be in the gym, he was here. Deniz felt he could trust him. He also liked Coach Huggins' reputation for putting players in the NBA, and he wanted to play for a coach who would physically challenge him."
Kilicli first stirred the water with his strong play at the adidas Nations event in August. A number of schools then traveled to Mountain State to evaluate him in person and most offered on the spot. Connecticut, Kentucky, LSU, N.C. State, Oklahoma and UCLA all offered Kilicki.
A skilled big man who prefers his left hand around the basket, Kilicli is not the prototypical foreign big man in that he has a physical side to his also skilled game. Initial scouting reports indicate that his biggest challenge on the next level will be defending athletic opposing post players.