I was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1962, where I completed my primary and high schooling. All my years in high school were filled up with basketball, first as a player and then as a coach. After a year as an exchange student in Denmark, I decided to study computer engineering in compliance with the zeitgeist of the 1980s, and then moved to Vienna to study at the Vienna Technical University. After three years in Austria, I transferred to Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey where I graduated in 1988 as a Computer Engineer. Basketball coaching has been my secondary vocation during my last years as a graduate student and my first years as a professional.