Ömer Yurtseven

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Ömer Yurtseven
Omer Yurtseven.jpg
Yurtseven (top) in February 2018
Georgetown Hoyas
Position Center
League Big East Conference
Personal information
Born (1998-06-19) June 19, 1998 (age 20)
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Nationality Turkish
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 112.5 kg (248 lb)
Career information
College
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–2016 Fenerbahçe
Career highlights and awards

Ömer Faruk Yurtseven (born June 19, 1998) is an Uzbekistani-born Turkish professional basketball player for the Georgetown Hoyas of the Big East Conference. Standing 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in),[1] he plays the center position.

Early life and career[edit]

Yurtseven was selected to the Best Five of the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. He was also invited to play at the Jordan Brand Classic International Game.[2]

On March 20, 2015, he played made his EuroLeague debut, in a game against Emporio Armani Milano, scoring 2 points, in 1 minute and 4 seconds of playing time.[3]

On October 5, 2015, he played against the Brooklyn Nets, at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. He had 8 points and 7 rebounds, with one block, in 15 minutes and 18 seconds of playing time, in his team's win over the Nets,[4] he would become the youngest player in history at the time, to play in an NBA preseason game, at 17 years old.

During an Under-18 youth age competition in Turkey, Yurtseven recorded a double-double, of 91 points (scoring more points than his entire competition), making 34 out of 49 shots (including five three-pointers), and grabbing 28 rebounds, in a 115-82 win over the youth club of Eylul Basketbol Ihtisas.[5][6]

On February 15, 2016, he left Fenerbahçe, in order to play college basketball, stating that he needed more playing time than he was receiving with Fenerbahçe.[7]

College career[edit]

On May 16, it was announced that Yurtseven would be playing collegiate basketball at North Carolina State University.[8] However, due to his previous exposure with playing for Fenerbahçe, in some professional games, the NCAA decided to suspend him for the first nine games of their season (around 30% of the schedule), as well as require him to donate $1,000 to a charity of his choosing, in exchange for him to be fully eligible for playing time moving forward.[9] After fulfilling his suspension, he returned to the court on December 15, in a win against Appalachian State University, on March 14, 2017, Yurtseven would test out his stock for the 2017 NBA draft, leaving open the possibility that he would return to North Carolina State for his sophomore season. After trying out for the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, his father announced he'd be going back to North Carolina State for his sophomore year.

During his sophomore year of college, he'd improve his points per game averages from 4.4 points per game, to over 14 points per game. This would let him earn All-ACC Third Team honors, for his considerable and significant improvement, on March 21, 2018, Yurtseven would test out going pro once again, for the 2018 NBA draft. However, even if he doesn't go pro, he confirmed that he would not return to North Carolina State, and would instead request a transfer to a different university,[10] on April 16, 2018, Yurtseven announced he would transfer to Georgetown. He will be eligible to play for the Hoyas starting in the 2019–20 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.[11]

National team career[edit]

Yurtseven was a member of the junior national teams of Turkey, with Turkey's junior national teams, he played at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, and at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. He also played at the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he won a silver medal, and at the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he won a bronze medal, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. He finished his career with Turkey's junior national teams at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.[12]

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