Omer Yurtseven, 7'0, Fenerbahce, Turkey, 1998 Jonathan Givony Strengths:
-Ample size for a center at around 7-feet tall. Has a strong, proportioned frame that will fill out really well in time
-Very nimble and mobile for a player his size. Quick off his feet
-Intelligent, mature and polished big man
-Fundamentally sound and extremely well coached.
-Solid passer for a big man. Feel for the game continues to improve
-Polished post player. Has excellent footwork and touch. Uses a variety of different angles and moves to get his shots off. Jump-hook is deadly. Uses both hands around the basket.
-Excellent timing for rebounds. Not a high flyer but is often the first one to the ball as it comes off the rim
-Very good feel for moving off the ball, setting screens, rolling and cutting to the basket
-Has very soft hands. Catches everything thrown his way.
-Possesses just an average combination of length and explosiveness for a top-shelf NBA center prospect.
-Struggled to make shots from the perimeter all weekend. Has decent shooting mechanics, but just couldn't find the results.
-Not always aggressive enough finishing around the basket. Has a tendency to go to his jump hook instead of a more emphatic move to the rim. Not incredibly long or explosive as it is, and his propensity for playing below the rim and relying on his finesse causes him to miss some good looks at times.
-Could add some more nasty to his game. Could be a little more physical at times throwing his body around. Doesn't always look like he's operating at max intensity.Outlook:
First player to come off the board in the BWB Draft when the coaching staffs selected their teams, and for good reason. High skilled big man with mobility and feel. Seems to be leaning towards going the college route, Evan Daniels reported
. His head coach in Fenerbahce, Zeljko Obradovic came out emphatically stating he does not believe he should be eligible for college basketball: He is three years paid by Fenerbahce. He took the money. The rule exists that if he tries to go to college basketball, it's not possible because for three years he's taken money. I don't know what will be the decision of the club, I don't want to go inside.
When contacted by DraftExpress about these allegations, Yurtseven denied them, telling us It is correct that they put money into an account that they opened up in my name, but I didn't want it or ask for it. He also told us he has never signed any type of contract with the club and that he (or his family) has not taken a dime from this account that was opened by the club in his name.
NCAA schools we contacted who are recruiting him do not seem overly concerned by these allegations made by his head coach, and told us they will continue to do so, speculating the club may have had an inkling that he will elect to go to college, and that they were hoping this account they opened would prevent him from doing so.