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NC State Center Omer Yurtseven Transfers to Georgetown

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As reported by Casual Hoya last week, NC State center Omer Yurtseven will transfer to Georgetown.

Yurtseven, a 7-foot center from Turkey with professional aspirations, averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game last season for the Wolfpack, earning him All-ACC Third Team honors. In addition to a solid interior game, he shot 50% percent on his three-point attempts (22 of 44).

According to the link above, due to NCAA transfer rules, Yurtseven will be forced to sit out this coming season and then will have two years of eligibility remaining. However, there is a chance Yurtseven is eligible to play this season if a new NCAA transfer rule allowing those with a 3.0 GPA to be immediately eligible is approved.

The rule:

“The Division I Committee on Academics will recommend to the Transfer Working Group that four-year transfer student-athletes who meet specific grade-point average and progress-toward-degree requirements be able to compete immediately at the second school.”

This issue is very complex, and we want to give input to the working group that is both meaningful and useful,” said committee chair John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown. ”We recognize the working group will examine this in a more detailed and nuanced way. From our perspective, an academic benchmark should be set at a level that will help support the student’s path to graduation.””

“It also would give academically successful student-athletes in sports that don’t have a one-time transfer exception the opportunity to transfer and compete immediately as early as 2019.”

Update: Yurtseven will be eligible in 2019-20, per Georgetown:

Press release from school:

Akinjo and Yurtseven to join GEORGETOWN men’s basketball program

WASHINGTON - Head Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Ewing announced that Georgetown has signed James Akinjo to a National Letter of Intent and that Omer Yurtseven will transfer to the Hilltop.

Akinjo, a 6-0, 160-pound guard will be eligible for the 2018-19 season as a member of the Georgetown Class of 2022. The four-star product (Richmond, Calif./Salesian College Preparatory) was named the MVP of the Peach Jam last summer after averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 assists during the tournament.

Yurtseven, a Turkish-born 7-0, 245-pound center will transfer from NC State and will be eligible to play in the 2019-20 season. In his sophomore season, he started 22 of 33 games, averaging 13.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 23.8 mpg, which earned him All-ACC Third Team honors.

Ewing has also signed 6-9 forward Grayson Carter (Dallas, Texas/Bishop Dunne), 6-6 forward Josh LeBlanc (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep Academy) and 6-2 guard Matthew “Mac” McClung (Gate City, Va./Gate City High School). The three players will join Akinjo on the 2018-19 Georgetown basketball team.

Current Scholarship Table HERE.

Highlights of Yurtseven below: