WVU’s Deniz Kilicli Shares His Story As A Mountaineer

West Virginia senior forward Deniz Kilicli hasn’t always played the prettiest, most fundamental basketball. Still, he’s one of the most likable players to ever grace Mountaineer Nation.

Whether people just love his beard or his unusual hook shot that just seems to find its way in the basket, the senior from Istanbul, Turkey, has made a name for himself at WVU.

Kilicli hasn’t always been the star player many people thought he’d be when he came to West Virginia, but he’s always been a leader on and off the court.

Now, as his career draws to an end, his time in Morgantown will be remembered by many WVU fans. After all, he is the lone member left of that Final Four team back in 2010.

The 6-foot-9 forward has also built a special relationship with head coach Bob Huggins. Kilicli has mentioned that while everyone else on the team sleeps on the plane for away games, the senior and Huggs stay up and watch film.

While the forward doesn’t lead the team in scoring this season, he has averaged 13.8 points per game in the last five games. With the exception of the last game against Oklahoma State, Kilicli has shot at least 50 percent in all of the other four.

Here’s a look at Kilicli’s storied career at WVU.

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Amit Batra is a senior print journalism major at West Virginia University. Currently, he is the Sports Editor for the student-run newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, to further his sports writing career. Previously, Amit has covered collegiate and professional sports for WVU and numerous websites. Twitter: @Batra01