Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Ipek Turkyilmaz
Ipek Turkyilmaz


Izmir, Turkey

Last College:
Barton CC




Butts Believes: "Ipek is a player who is going to add some outside shooting to our team. She's been solid in workouts as well. She should open up what we're going to do offensively because of her ability to knock down the three-point shot. We're really looking forward to her coming along on the defensive end as well as continuing to improve on the offensive end."

Barton County CC: Played two seasons at Barton County CC where she averaged 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals in 68 games, making 61 starts ... Shot 40.4 percent (171-423) from three-point range, helping the Cougars to a 61-7 overall record (.897) during her two-year career ... During sophomore season, led Barton to its first Region IV Championship in eight seasons, a 34-4 record and a fourth-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament, the top finish in school history ... Played under new Arizona assistant coach Chance Lindley at Barton.

Personal: Born July 2, 1986 in Turkey ... Daughter of Suheyla and Serafettin Turkyilmaz ... Has one older sister, Nur (25) and younger brother, Onur (16) ... Studio Art major at Arizona with plans to become a professional basketball player or an artist ... Enjoys shopping, spending time with her fiancé and watching Turkish movies.

Why Arizona?: "Arizona is a great school with great coaches, they play in a great league, the family atmosphere, the competition and I believe I can improve myself a lot here."


Book - Gayet Addiyim (translates to I'm Quite Serious)
Movie - Troy
Food - Meatballs, Kebobs, Baklava
Pro Athletes - Michael Jordan, Steve Nash, Ray Allen
Television Show - What Not to Wear
Non-sport Activities - Shopping, Going to the movies