It’s been a big week for Turkish 17-year-old Omer Yurtseven. First, the often overlooked remaining uncommitted star scored 91 points in a single U-18 victory for his Fenerbahce squad. Two days later, Yurtseven committed to North Carolina State, raising the distinct possibility that Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried may have acquired one of the great steals in the recruiting Class of 2016.
Yurtseven’s 91 point outburst came in Fenerbahce’s 115-82 victory against 9 Eylul Basketbol Ihtisas. According to Sports Illustrated, Yurtseven scored his 91 points on 49 shots, nearly 70 percent of his team’s total. He hit 34 of those attempts and added 28 points during a physically imposing performance in the post.
At 6-foot-11 and 230 pounds, Yurtseven was ranked as a 5-star prospect. He’s also the quickest and, likely, most agile center prospect in the Class of 2016 not named Harry Giles III.
All of that would should make Yurtseven a highly sought after prospect, which underscores that the fact he received just three official scholarship offers is a bit of a mystery. On Monday Yurtseven made his decision clear, committing to Gottfried’s North Carolina State program, then signing and faxing in his official Letter of Intent.
Yurtseven’s pledge capped a big weekend for the Wolfpack, who also got a commitment from Darius Hicks. With top point guard Dennis Smith already on campus and BeeJay Anya still a potential returning player if he backs out of the NBA Draft, there’s plenty for N.C. State fans to get excited about.