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Omer Yurtseven to return to NC State for his sophomore season

N.C. State’s Omer Yurtseven will return to the Wolfpack for his sophomore season.
N.C. State’s Omer Yurtseven will return to the Wolfpack for his sophomore season. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Forward Omer Yurtseven has decided to return to N.C. State for his sophomore season, the school announced Wednesday.

Yurtseven had declared for the NBA draft in April but did not hire an agent. The NCAA deadline to return to school was Wednesday. The 7-0, 246-pound Yurtseven, who’s from Istanbul, Turkey, averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a freshman.

Yurtseven’s return gives first-year coach Kevin Keatts more options at forward with seniors Abdul-Malik Abu and Lennard Freeman.

"I feel like I have a special relationship with coach Keatts, which is one of the main reasons I decided to return,” Yurtseven said in a statement released by the school. “I'm grateful to all of the NBA teams that brought me in for workouts, helped me through this process and provided valuable feedback. That being said, I'm excited to return to N.C. State and play, and continue to improve under coach Keatts and our staff next season."

Yurtseven was invited to the NBA combine and worked out for several teams the past week before making his decision. He had played for three years for a Turkish pro club before enrolling at N.C. State last August.

“I'm certainly happy that Omer has made the decision to return to N.C. State,” Keatts said in a statement released by the school. “He is a dedicated student, first and foremost, and I know furthering his education is a priority to him. I'm excited to be a part of his continued development as a player. His skill set is a great fit for our system and style of play, and I look forward seeing Omer further develop.

VIDEO: NC State's Omer Yurtseven talks after the Wolfpack's victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

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