Omer Yurtseven, a 5-star center from Fenerbahce in Istanbul, Turkey, has verbally committed to North Carolina State, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Yurtseven, who stands 6'11" and weighs 230 pounds, is considered the No. 3 center in the class of 2016 and the No. 25 player overall by 247Sports.
One concern for college teams was that Yurtseven wouldn't be eligible to play college basketball because of his affiliation with Fenerbahce, which caused some schools to cool on recruiting the center, but he told Daniels that he never took money from the club.
Daniels offered this scouting report on Yurtseven:
...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.
Yurtseven offered his own favorable comparison to a current NBA player, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN:
Yurtseven's commitment dramatically improves the 2016 recruiting class for the Wolfpack. NC State also landed the commitment of 5-star point guard Dennis Smith, who is 247Sports' No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2016, though the school doesn't have any 4-star commitments and just one 3-star.
The combination of Yurtseven's inside game and Smith's outside game should make NC State a dangerous team in the already stacked ACC. They'll pair with returning players Terry Henderson and Maverick Rowan and transfer Torin Dorn to form the core of the Wolfpack next season.
Yurtseven will be joining an NC State team in transition. The school is losing its top player from a year ago, Cat Barber, along with Caleb and Cody Martin—who are transferring—and possibly Abdul-Malik Abu, who declared for the draft but didn't sign an agent.
“The sky is not falling,” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said in late March when it became clear that he could lose four of the top five scorers from his 16-17 team a year ago, per Joe Giglio of the News & Observer.
The commitments of Smith and Yurtseven should inspire a bit more faith among Wolfpack fans.
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