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Omer Yurtseven’s return to NC State a 50-50 proposition, according to Kevin Keatts

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Ah, the headaches that come with being a first-year head coach. At least the gig pays well.

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Omer Yurtseven helped his draft stock recently with a pretty good showing at the NBA Combine. Did he help himself enough to work his way back into solid draft position? Who knows. But he’s seriously considering staying in the draft, and he has until May 25 to make a final decision.

Kevin Keatts said today he thinks it’s pretty much a coin flip whether Yurtseven returns to NC State or stays in the draft. That shouldn’t be surprising given the circumstances—it’s not just the coaching change, but Yurtseven also entered his freshman year as a potential lottery pick. While being an early first-rounder is no longer a realistic possibility for him, there’s no doubt he has a future in pro basketball.

Selfishly, of course, I’d like to see what another year in college could do for him, but I also understand why he would want to take his shot in the draft. Whether he were picked or not, he’d be making good money playing basketball next year.