NC State signee Omer Yurtseven has been playing this summer for Turkey’s U20 team in a FIBA tournament, and while the Turks didn’t win the championship, they showed well, and Yurtseven played well. He averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per 40 minutes.
He will be one of the better offensive players for the Wolfpack as well. He should be used in ball screens regularly and will be a safety valve as a baseline cutter who can catch every dump-off pass. Can be used sparingly in the post. Will help rebound on both ends, especially if he is able to box out ACC big men on the defensive side to help finish plays.
Yurtseven looks like a good finisher at the rim, but as a wiry seven-footer, may not have the strength yet to be a good defensive rebounder in the ACC. With Turkey, most of his rebounds came at the offensive end, which is not a bad thing by any means but is mildly discouraging since NC State is going to need help at the defensive end with Lennard Freeman out.
Freeman is an excellent defensive rebounder whose production is going to need replacing. Abdul-Malik Abu will grab plenty of defensive boards, but he’s got to get consistent help from BeeJay Anya, Darius Hicks, and Yurtseven.
One side factor you have to recognize with a kid like Yurtseven is you don’t get him into your strength and conditioning program early. He’s been busy playing abroad and isn’t supposed to report to Raleigh until mid-August. Not ideal. With a talent like this, though, you take it every time.
Dude’s going to be a good player for State. Dennis Smith might be the perfect complement for him. Of course, Dennis Smith could be the perfect complement for a lot of players.