Ex-Tiger Clyburn signs with Turkish club

ISTANBUL – Former Marshalltown Community College standout Will Clyburn will continue his professional basketball career after signing to play for Darussafaka Dogus, the team announced Friday on its website.

Clyburn, who played two seasons at MCC and one each at the University of Utah and at Iowa State, signed a one-year contract with Darussafaka and its head coach David Blatt. The 57-year-old Blatt coached the Cleveland Cavaliers for a season and a half before being fired in January, and took the Darussafaka head coaching position on June 1.

The 6-foot-7 forward Clyburn, 26, joins the Turkish Basketball Super League a season after averaging an Israeli Super League-leading 20.9 points per game in his lone year with Hapoel Holon.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to play for Darussafaka Dogus,” Clyburn said in a press release. “I know Darussafaka Dogus is aiming high in the Euroleague and Turkey is an important country of basketball. The coach David Blatt has surely a great knowledge on the game of basketball and he will help us achieve our goals.

“This season will be a great season for me in a team full of talented and experienced players.”

The Detroit native Clyburn began his professional career after going undrafted after his senior year at Iowa State, playing for Ratiopharm Ulm of Ulm, Germany for two seasons prior. Clyburn averaged 13 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his second season in Germany before departing for one year in Holon, Israel.