Yurtseven: "It's Not Just About Basketball"

Five-star Turkish star Omer Yurtseven gave a verbal commitment to Mark Gottfried and NC State, he told Scout.

Five-star Turkish star Omer Yurtseven gave a verbal commitment to Mark Gottfried and NC State, he told Scout.

"They have had a Turkish player (Egin Atsur) before and I heard that it was all good for him," Yurtseven said. "They have a pretty good team. They are on the edge and above average and they need another guy to take them up. They needed another guy."

"It's not just about basketball," he added. "I'm interested in math and stuff, and they have a pretty good computer science program."

Yurtseven, who is widely considered by many as a potential lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, selected N.C. State over Syracuse, Utah and a significant professional contract to stay in Turkey and play for Fenerbahçe.

"If I went to a school without good players around, I wouldn't be able to showcase myself because they would double team me like they do in U18," Yurtseven said. "With a guy like Dennis it will make it easier."

Word began to trickle out about Yurtseven’s interest in playing college basketball following Basketball Without Borders in mid-February. Since the event, interest in Yurtseven took off.

Although he ultimately only took official visits to N.C. State, Syracuse and Utah, he received calls and interest from some of the nations best including Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and a host of others.

Some schools backed off due to speculation surrounding his eligibility and status playing with Fenerbahçe. Yurtseven maintains to Scout that he hasn’t taken money from the club.


"I did not touch it," Yurtseven said in reference to money. 

On the court, Yurtseven is one of the best prospects expected to enter college next season. In a loaded 2016 class, Yurtseven is rated as a five-star prospect and if we ranked international prospects in the top 100, he’d be classified as the top center and a top 10 overall prospect.

At 6-foot-11, 230-pounds, Yurtseven has a strong, sturdy frame. Offensively, he’s very gifted, as he’s equipped with terrific hands and quality touch around the basket. Yurtseven can score with hooks over each shoulder and is also a good shooter from mid-range out to the three-point stripe. He’ll help N.C. State immediately with his scoring ability and rebounding.

"I can definitely help them with rebounding, scoring and maybe lead the scoring," he said. "I think I can do a lot of stuff. I just needed a place that I could feel comfortable and show up. I just got to feel comfortable."

This past week Yurtseven scored 91 points and grabbed 28 rebounds in a U18 league game.

Yurtseven is N.C. State’s second five-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. Yurtseven joins point guard Dennis Smith, who enrolled at N.C. State at the semester break following a knee injury. N.C. State also holds a commitment from Darius Hicks.

N.C. State's 2016 recruiting class jumps to No. 6 overall in the team rankings. 


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