Omer Yurtseven, Center, Georgetown
- 7’0”, 264 pounds, 22 years old, Istanbul, Turkey
- 2019-20 AVERAGES: 15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.5 blocks shooting line of 53.4/21.4/75.3, 27.3 minutes in 26 games
- CAREER AVERAGES (3 seasons): 12.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, shooting line of 53.9/42.6/69.3
- ACCOLADES: 2018-19 All-ACC (3rd team) 2019-2020 All Big East (Honorable Mention)
- STRENGTHS (NBA.com): Offensive rebounding (4 per game)
- CURRENT BIG BOARD RANKINGS: NBADraft.net (53),ESPN (97)
Omer Yurtseven will be a late second round pick mainly because he is “old” at 22 years old. The fact is that he began his pro career at 16 in Turkey after posting a 91 point 28 rebound game as a high schooler. He medaled in the FIBA u18 and u20 tournaments while be named to first team all tournament each time.
Omer chose to come stateside at 18 and play for NC State with Dennis Smith Jr. due to a lack of playing time on his Turkish professional team. He is an offensive player through and through, much like fellow Turkish native Enes Kanter. Kanter is known for his rebounding and scoring ability while being a liability on the defensive end. Yurtseven is no different as he is very skilled with the ball and getting second chance points, which are used to make up for the points he will give up on the defensive end.
What he does well
It does not matter where he is on the floor, Yurtseven is a threat to score. He can shoot the three (50% his sophomore year on 1.3 attempts), the mid range, run the floor in transition and be the roll man in the pick and roll. He was also one of the top offensive rebounders in the NCAA and is a solid rebounder overall, averaging almost 10 per contest.
He can score.
But can he defend?
Where he needs to improve
Simply put, defense. Yes, he blocked a shot and a half on average per night, but that is a low number for a seven footer transitioning into the NBA. He is more of a below the rim type player that can move laterally decently, but would get destroyed on the perimeter were he to switch onto a guard.
A noted NBA comp is Raef LaFrentz who had a .4 Defensive box +/- for his career and a defensive rating of 104, granted it was a lower scoring NBA in his day. I liken him more to the aforementioned Enes Kanter who totes 108 defensive rating and -1.7 defensive box +/-.
The Fit and Verdict
The Memphis Grizzlies interviewed 7-foot Georgetown draft prospect Ömer Yurtseven today.— Drew Hill (@DrewHill_DM) September 16, 2020
The Turkish prospect is eager to show teams he can shoot it despite pre-draft coronavirus challenges. https://t.co/ynd1GL9pJQ
The Memphis Grizzlies have interviewed him which means there is some obvious interest in Mr. Yurtseven. With Gorgui Dieng still on the roster as the fourth big headed into the next season and Jontay Porter still a possibility for a roster spot, there is not an immediate fit for him. Omer would be a potential two-way player after a Summer League outing and here’s why: John Konchar may very well earn a full time NBA contract with the Grizzlies and it may be time to move on from Yuta Watanabe.
Omer Yurtseven would be 2-3 seasons from contributing to Grizzlies and Memphis should not consider him with the 40th pick unless literally all the wing prospects are gone and he is able to showcase an improved shooting stroke and defensive presence.
Prediction: Undrafted Summer League roster add.