NC State freshman center Omer Yurtseven plans to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft but won’t hire an agent, according to a report from Evan Daniels at Scout.com. Yurtseven was seen as a potential first-round draft pick prior to his first year of college basketball but has seen his draft stock dip significantly.
Both Abdul-Malik Abu and BeeJay Anya declared for the draft last offseason in order to get the free feedback that comes with the draft workout process. Both also came back to NC State. (In case you missed that, somehow.)
Yurtseven is doing the same thing—and it’s a prudent move since you might as well get the evaluation from NBA scouts and front office people while you can. He can both work out for teams and participate in the NBA Combine without losing his eligibility.
Yurtseven also told Daniels that he is not planning to return to Turkey and play professionally, and since he’s pretty committed to his academics, the odds of a return to NC State seem pretty good.
I mean, you know, as long as he feels like he’s a good fit with the new coach.