Former Highland Park and Missouri State star Kyle Weems has signed a deal with Besiktas in the Turkish Basketball League after two successful years playing in France.
“I’m excited to be joining Besiktas, a great club with a great tradition and fan base,” Weems said. “I’m looking forward to playing in a new league and living in such a great city like Istanbul, Turkey and making new memories with my wife and son. Our coach is a great coach and an assistant on the Turkish national team and I have followed him since I have been in Europe. He gives his players a lot of freedom on the court and you can tell his players love to play for him. Overall, I am extremely excited for the opportunity to play for Besiktas.”
Weems, 26, averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 67 games across all competitions helping Strasbourg to a 43-15 year including an appearance in the France Pro A league finals and a finals appearance in the EuroCup.
Weems shot 45.4 percent (291 for 641) from the field, 36.1 percent (109 for 302) from 3, and 76.4 percent (68 for 89) from the free-throw line for a true shooting percentage of 55.8.
He joins Besiktas which finished ninth in the TBL last season. Besiktas is one of seven TBL teams located in Istanbul, one of the world’s most populous cities with over 14 million people. NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson played for Besiktas in his final pro season in 2010-11 and former NBA guard Carlos Arroyo starred for Besiktas the following season.
Weems has completed four professional seasons in Europe. He spent his first two years in Germany (Telekom Baskets Bonn and Medi Bayreuth) and the next two years in France (JSF Nanterre and Strasbourg).
Weems also participated in the NBA Summer League for two years (2012-13) after a standout career at Missouri State (2007-12) scoring over 1,800 points and grabbing over 800 rebounds.
He won two state titles at Highland Park High School and was a first-team all-state selection as a senior helping lead the Scots to an undefeated 25-0 state championship in 2007.