Omer Yurtseven
Omer Yurtseven (Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports)

Yesterday, on March 21st, NC State coach Kevin Keatts released a statement that Yurtseven told him he had “intentions to either pursue a professional career or consider transferring from NC State.”

This is not the first time he had considered leaving the Wolfpack as he almost declared for the NBA Draft, with teammate Dennis Smith Jr, after his freshman season at NC State. With all the hype surrounding the seven-footer coming to NC State before the 2016-2017 season, the Turkey native had a very underwhelming first season. Yurtseven only averaged about six points and five rebounds, far less than what was expected from the giant.

As a sophomore this season, Yurtseven played with a chip on his shoulder, proving to others he can produce more than expected. This season he more than doubled his points scoring 13.5 points per game. He also improved his inside presence collecting about seven rebounds and sending back about two opposing shots per game. The biggest jump in his game is the jump in his three-point percentage from 33 percent to 50 percent. In today’s NBA style, Yurtseven’s ability to spread the floor will help his credibility for scouts.

Even though the decision is not made, Yurtseven is leaning more towards the NBA. Though this decision will be tough, moving on would fulfil this young stars dream of playing with the best.


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