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Sirin learns the game and possibly earns a scholarship

Updated: March 10, 2009, 11:44 AM ET
By James Quinn | ESPNRISE.com

When 6-foot-9 Gokhan Sirin arrived at St. Mary's Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.) in August as an exchange student from Istanbul, Knights head basketball coach Dave Tallman saw a 190-pound big man who was athletic and could shoot, but didn't really understand how basketball is played in America.

By the end of the season, Sirin made the adjustment and is likely to earn All-Conference and All-State accolades for his senior year.

"The physical, competitive side of how basketball ...

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