You’re looking at 7-foot Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven, and according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, Kentucky has recently contacted him about joining the 2016 class. Although DraftExpress has Yurtseven as a top ten pick in the 2017 Draft, Yurtseven plans to pursue a college career, telling Daniels he’s been contacted by Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, California, Duke, Miami, Utah, and, most recently, Kentucky and Oregon.
The 17-year-old seven-footer currently plays for Turkish pro team FenerbahÃ§e, which you may remember as Enes Kanter’s former squad. Does this mean we need to start the #FreeOmer campaign? Omer turned down a multi-year contract with the club and says he hasn’t done anything to jeopardize his college eligibility, but FenerbahÃ§e’s Zeljko Obradovic claims they’ve been paying Omer for three years. Omer told DraftExpress that FenerbahÃ§e opened an account in his name and has been putting money into it for three years, but he never took “a dime” from it, nor did he sign any kind of contract with the team:
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.
Here’s Omer playing in the 2015 U18 European Championship:
Something to keep an eye on…