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Kentucky contacts 7-foot Turkish star Omer Yurtseven

Omer Yurtseven

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 Fenerbahçe, 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 Fenerbahçe’s Zeljko Obradovic claims they’ve been paying Omer for three years. Omer told DraftExpress that Fenerbahçe 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…

[DraftExpress]

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31 Comments for Kentucky contacts 7-foot Turkish star Omer Yurtseven



  1. Rixter
    11:03 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

    “Omer told DraftExpress that Fenerbahçe 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”

    So in other words, it’s the EXACT same situation Enes Kanter was in.



    • JoeMoney333
      11:16 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Enes took money. They were willing to pay it back. That was pretty common knowledge



    • Cals Hoverboard
      5:33 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Hate to judge the kid based on this one video. Can’t decide if I’m seeing a Skal 2.0. Then I read about the Fenerbache situation and I’m thinking Enes 2.0. If he falls into either of these two scenarios, I guess I’d rather see Bolden. Either way, I TRUST CAL !



  2. Allison
    11:04 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

    Not worth the trouble! Sorry, kid. Does this mean that our chances with Marques Bolden have taken a hit?



    • KentuckyBoy
      11:21 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

      My thoughts exactly. We must not be his choice.



    • Jordan
      12:52 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      I thought the same thing then realized that if Duke is also on this guys list, maybe they think they won’t get Bolden either. Omer and Bolden could be backup plans to both teams, whoever gets one could get the other

  3. No, just no. Like #2 said, it’s just not worth it. It would be great to have the depth if he’s a good player, but just say no.



  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:12 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

    I think YES. What will it hurt? Nothing. We have big men coming in for sure (Bam and Killeya) and we have bigs staying (Humphries and Tai)…It is not the Kanter situation where he was the big man. Also do you think Cal would walk right back in to the same situation? He probably understands the details more than we do.



  5. The Rest of the story
    11:19 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

    NO NO NO !!!! Stay away very far away. There is zero upside to this and UK will have quality bigs with no baggage.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      11:59 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Zero upside? Do you understand what upside means? That’s all there is to this is upside. We have other bigs so we would not be dependent on him. It is solely upside.



    • The Rest of the story
      1:19 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      I see my comment went Upside your head. Maybe just way over it. Why waste a possible NCAA investigation on this guy who is already being paid to play idiot.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      1:54 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      One thing I have realized is that people who resort to name-calling usually do so because they have a weak argument. I am not sure if you realize this…but if he isn’t accepting the money then he isn’t being paid to play. Once again, I think Calipari would be more familiar with this process than you or I. Why are you worried about “wasting an NCAA investigation”? Are we rationing NCAA investigations now?



    • theWilkman
      5:02 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, I remember that when Enes couldn’t play, we ended up forfeiting the season and sitting out the tournament. Oh, wait…



    • KevininLoveland
      5:34 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Did you guys hear that? That was logic smacking The Rest of the Story upside his pointed little head.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:04 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve been saying all along that Rest/Story was an idiot…



  6. dhighdrated
    11:22 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

    yeah i’m sort of done with really tall lanky dudes that didn’t have enormous growth spurts their senior year of high school.



  7. Mathlete
    11:37 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

    Some of you have missed his upside… even if Omer never sees the court in a real game, he would add depth to the practice squad that’s tough to simulate. It’s the Jorts/Enes situation where Jorts had to go up against a surefire NBA center in practice every day, and lo and behold Jorts was significantly better as a result.



  8. UKALLDAY1
    11:58 am February 17, 2016 Permalink

    Here is the thing, this guy Omer Yurtseven is suppose to be significantly better than Bolden, you heard what they said … he’s a top 10 pick. Also what is taking Bolden so long to commit? Is he waiting for Skal to declare? They say he is a top 10 pick NEXT YEAR! Bolden is not a top 10 pick, so if you have this kind of talent available, you have to gauge his interest in UK. I say we will be better with him over Bolden.



    • Allison
      1:04 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Skal was supposed to be the #1 draft pick for 2016, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:06 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      We’re in danger of getting a logjam at the 5 if all these guys come to UK. Humphries will probably be our starting center next year regardless of who else comes. He’s developing nicely in his freshman year.



  9. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    12:03 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

    Frankly, as long as we have options I don’t care. But it seems so weird that so many are just saying NO NO NO and aren’t seeming to really think about it. Being projected as a top 10 pick doesn’t mean everything…but it could be awesome! Why not? WHY NOT!?



  10. Catlogic15
    12:06 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

    Regardless of the eligibility concerns, I saw the kid dribble exactly one dribble the entire 2:27 seconds.
    All blocks and dunks. No real post up move. Looks like Skal’s game.



    • Blue_Cat75
      1:46 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Plus 5 fouls and a travel.



    • crystal_blue_persuasion
      2:39 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Then you weren’t watching very closely. He made several post up moves and scored. Don’t know about the competition here, but he does have some inside game other than dunks.



    • whack0001
      3:23 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Shows how much you know about basketball. He’s a 7 footer, he shouldn’t be dribbling! When bigs put it on the floor, that’s when it gets stripped. A couple dribbles to get into a post move and that’s it! He had several post moves and seems to have a nice touch.



    • theWilkman
      5:03 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

      Why isn’t this 7 footer playing guard???



  11. yarg
    12:07 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

    He looks pretty athletic, which is nice. Like 90% of the points scored on that highlight reel are him putting in buckets where he’s already inside the no-charge line, so kinda tough to get a feel for how he’d do against bigger dudes who won’t let him get so close to the basket.



  12. The Rest of the story
    1:22 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

    Do none of you see that he is Skal’s doppelgänger. Need not go there !



  13. jrdh13
    3:09 pm February 17, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t know what video yall were watching this kid looks good. Several post up moves. A jump shot mixed in there. My biggest thing is his timing on the blocks stays straight up and doesn’t fall for the head fake. The talent maybe less than the college game but it’s got to be equal to high-school.