Furkan Korkmaz was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He began playing basketball at the age of nine. Korkmaz played for the junior and youth teams of Anadolu Efes in 2013 before moving to the senior men's Efes first team in 2014. He also played for the junior national teams of Turkey in 2013, 2014 and 2015. At the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, he led all players in scoring. The following year, he led Turkey to a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. At the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, Korkmaz won a silver medal and was named to the All-Tournament Team, and at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, he won a bronze medal and was again named to the All-Tournament Team. He was selected 26th in the 2016 NBA draft.
Some fun facts about Furkan…
His favorite color is red.
He’s not a big pizza guy.
He likes to drink tea.
Broccoli is his favorite vegetable.
His favorite sport (aside from basketball) is soccer.
He wears a size 15 shoe.
He’s a big Drake fan.