Syracuse pursuing five-star center

Syracuse is showing interest in class of 2016 center Omer Yurtseven. Details inside:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse has offered class of 2016 five-star center Omer Yurtseven, according to a source. Yurtseven is an elite talent with an extremely high ceiling, who began showing interest in college roughly three months ago.

According to a report from Mike Waters, he visited Syracuse earlier this week.

Omer has great hands, is a very good low-block scorer and possesses many traits to give defense's fits. 

Here is's breakdown of the 7-footer:

Omer Yurtseven, a 6-foot-11 sturdy post prospect, is an impressive scoring post prospect. He's equipped with good hands and impressive touch around the basket. When he posts up he favors a right jump hook over his left shoulder. But it doesn't stop there. He does a good job of securing good post position on the block and finishes well with either hand at the rim. He can also face up and make a mid-range jump shot. His form and shot mechanics are good. Now his range doesn't extend deep, but with time and effort, he'll eventually be able to step out further. Yurtseven, although not an explosive athlete, is deceptive athletically, as he moves fluidly, runs hard and gets off the ground better than you'd expect on first glance. While his frame isn't overly thick, he does have a wide base and has a solid build. Yurtseven does a very good job rebounding his area and is especially effective as an offensive rebounder, as he pursues put back opportunities.

Hit areas of improvement consist of 3-point shooting and shot-blocking, which will likely come with time.

He's a 17-year-old prospect who is projected as the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, according to Draft Express. 

Instead of playing in Turkey, Yurtseven wants to get accustomed to American basketball where he can grow his game. The likely one-and-done prospect would be a tremendous asset to Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone, especially next to 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu. 

With Taurean Thompson's recruitment anyone's guess, Syracuse seems to be looking for other options at this point. Yurtseven is not only a higher-rated prospect, but would be a better fit than Thompson at Syracuse. 

He has received interest from Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Texas, NC State, Oklahoma State and Utah, among others.


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