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Omer Yurtseven withdraws from NBA Draft and will return to NC State

Kevin Keatts finally caught a break.

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Keatts got some excellent news on Wednesday, as Omer Yurtseven confirmed that he is pulling his name out of the NBA Draft and is returning to NC State for his sophomore season.

Yurtseven worked out for a half dozen NBA teams while going through the evaluation process, but probably didn’t get enough positive feedback about his stock to risk remaining in the draft.

He’ll have a great opportunity to improve on that stock as a sophomore, especially since he is certain to get more playing time. NC State’s frontcourt should primarily be a rotation of Yurtseven, Malik Abu, and Lennard Freeman. Plus, it’s hard to imagine Keatts squandering his skillset the way Mark Gottfried did last season.

Keatts’ system should open things up for Yurtseven, and Yurtseven in turn is going to help NC State’s offense show more versatility. I’m excited to see what he can do once he’s put in a better position to succeed.