Omer Yurtseven bypasses NBA draft, returning to NC State

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Omer Yurtseven
Omer Yurtseven

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Omer Yurtseven will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school.

"I feel like I have a special relationship with [Head] Coach [Kevin] Keatts, which is one of the main reasons I decided to return," Yurtseven said. "I'm grateful to all of the NBA teams that brought me in for workouts, helped me through this process and provided valuable feedback. That being said, I'm excited to return to NC State and play, and continue to improve under Coach Keatts and our staff next season."

The skilled 7-footer from Turkey came into college with plenty of hype, but struggled in 2016-17 while playing for Mark Gottfried, who was fired after the season.


Mark Armstrong on Omer Yurtseven withdrawing from the draft

Yurtseven averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.9 minutes and was likely to be selected in the latter portion of the second round, according to multiple NBA executives.

Yurtseven will play this season for new coach Kevin Keatts.