Turk Telekom announced signing of Gregory Stiemsma (211-C-85) for the next two years. The American big guy is not a new face in Turkey as he was a member of Oyak Renault Bursa in the past. Actually, he spent first half of the 2008/09 season with them averaging 7.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for 17 games in TBL. It was the first year as a pro for Stiemsma.
Gregory Stiemsma spent some time during the NBA pre-season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he was not able to secure an NBA deal as the Cavs released him few days ago. Season 2009/10, Stiemsma started with NBDL team Sioux Falls Skyforce. He appeared 47 times with them registering 9.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.2 apg and 3.7 bpg. In April, he signed a deal with the Wolves but didnt play any official game for them. As mentioned above, Gregory Stiemsma started his rookie season in Turkey. After five months he left Oyak Renault and moved to South Korea. There he joined Seoul SK Knights averaging 14.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 2.8 bpg for 16 games in KBL.
Gregory Stiemsma is a product of the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated in 2008. As a senior Stiemsma had 3.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.1 bpg for his school.