Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 5.9 points, 4.4 rebounds
Trust me on this one. Yurtseven was below average at NC State last year but the Turkish big man will have a great sophomore year before departing for the NBA. NC State had some major issues last season and an early year suspension for NCAA violations really limited Yurtseven’s involvement on the court. Yurtseven is a gifted scorer that has some nice polish in the post. His competition in Turkey did not test him (He scored 91 points in a game) so getting acclimated to the ACC was very tough. Yurtseven was once a highly touted prospect and NBA hopefully but he was only able to show glimpses of that during his freshman campaign.
Role on This Year’s Team
Yurtseven missed most of the non-conference slate last season and only averaged 18 mins a game when he was eligible. This year, Yurtseven will have a full schedule to get into the flow of the team and find his looks. Look for him to practically double his minute totals and take on a big load offensively. Dennis Smith Jr and Mark Gottfried are gone leaving Yurtseven with a clean slate. Not many ACC teams will be able to stop the Turkish big man in the post and he will receive most of the attention on that end of the floor.
College Season/NBA Prospects
As I said above, I believe this will be a breakout year for Yurtseven and he will jump to the NBA. He is still young and has room to grow into that body and skillset. If he plays well, he can easily be a first round pick. Look at what John Collins did at Wake Forest. Even at a bottom tier team, the ACC will give players the oppurtunities to make a name for themselves and build their professional stock.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.