The Georgetown basketball program is starting off its week with some excellent news. On Monday morning, Evan Daniels of 247 Sports reported the Hoyas have landed NC State transfer Omer Yurtseven, a 7-foot center from Turkey.
Yurtseven was granted his release late last month and was believed to be considering professional options along with a potential transfer.
“Omer and I had an opportunity to visit and he expressed his intentions to either pursue a professional career or consider transferring from NC State,” NC State coach Kevin Keatts said in a statement when the decision was announced. “Omer made incredible strides this year . . . We wish him continued progress and success in his future.”
Yurtseven will be forced to sit out the 2018-19 college basketball season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules before suiting up for the Hoyas with two years of eligibility remaining.
During his sophomore campaign at NC State, Yurtseven averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He was one of the best big men in the ACC and showed great improvement over his freshman season where he averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds a game.
Prior to coming to the United States for college, Yurtseven turned down a lucrative professional offer from Turkish club Fenerbahçe.