NC State Lands Foreign Prospect

Cetin Atsur says Istanbul's climate isn't much different from Raleigh so the transition from Turkish standout to ACC wing shouldn't be too difficult. spoke with the father of recent Wolfpack addition Engin Atsur.

Guard Looking Forward To NC State

On Tuesday, Herb Sendek and the NC State Wolfpack received a commitment from Turkish wing Engin Atsur. The 6-4 Atsur, just a few months ago, helped lead Turkey to a fifth-place finish at the European Junior Championships. He was named the top shooting guard at the event. More importantly, Turkey's finish guarantees them a spot in the world championship next year in Malaysia.

Last week, according to Cetin Atsur, Engin's father, the player visited Siena, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Texas. But, it was NC State that apparently captured the family's attention from the beginning.

"After NC State, Engin said that he didn't really have the wish to see other alternatives," Cetin said. "But, we told Herb Sendek we wanted to see other alternatives to compare. But in the end we knew it was NC State.

"We are so excited that we haven't calm down yet. We believe that we have found the right place and the right people for Engin."

The captain of the Turkish junior team was offered a scholarship by each of the schools he visited so the decision was a tough one but the Wolfpack, according to Cetin, made the process easy.

"First, we had the contact through Mark Phelps. He is great in this [recruiting] subject. He bridged a communication bridge [emails, phone calls] and he answered all of our questions and gave information both academic and athletic. Then, we made this unofficial visit and visited five schools.

"On this visit … we knew before we started this journey that we would get the feeling that would be more decisive than information you would get on fax or internet. We had a great time at NC State and Herb Sendek really gave us the confidence. We went back with this confidence. They style, the major was part of it. As parents, we have such a good feeling that our son is in the right place and is in good hands."

"I believe that he is a great shooter … a great passer," Cetin said. "He plays with heart. I think he fits to the playing style of Herb Sendek. We are excited for his success."

Like most of the schools that began recruiting Atsur, his father thinks that a scout in Europe tipped them off. "For that reason, he's not very known. In addition to this, some schools showed interest. [The schools] came to Germany to watch him play. That's when Mark Phelps came. Many schools were actually there, and not only for Engin."

The Atsurs are no strangers to the United States. They have another son Emre who is a 6-3 junior at Western Carolina under Steve Shurina. "We feel with Emre and now Engin we fell like North Carolinians. North Carolina is beautiful and the climate is very much like Istanbul. It will be very easy for Engin."

With Atsur's commitment, expect NC State to continue its pursuit of a point guard. The targets are Mustafa Shakur, Dwight Brewington and Spencer Laurie. Each is scheduled to come to NC State for a visit in the coming weeks with Shakur listed as the top priority of the three.

For now, NC State will get at least one signature this fall. "According to the rules," Cetin Atsur said, "we will sign the agreement in November. We are really so excited."

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