Former Arizona forward Ryan Luther signs with Turkish club for 2020-21
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Former Arizona forward Ryan Luther signs with Turkish club for 2020-21

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Ryan Luther throws one down during his last game for BK Ventspils in the FIBA Europe Cup on March 11, 2020.

After opening his professional career in Latvia last season, former Arizona forward Ryan Luther is moving on to higher-level basketball in Turkey.

Luther confirmed Tuesday he has agreed to play for Darussafaka, a Turkish club based in Istanbul after his one-year contract with Latvian club BK Ventspils expired.

Luther averaged 18.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and shot 48.4% from 3-point range for Ventspils in FIBA Europe Cup play last season before the Latvia league shut down in mid-March.

In the Latvian-Estonian league, Luther played 26 games while averaging 10.6 points per game. Headed to the league's playoffs, Ventspils' season ended abruptly after a Europe Cup loss on March 11, the same date that Arizona played Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament just before its season ended.

Luther is scheduled to play for Herd That in the TBT starting Sunday.

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