Mike Waters of Syracuse.com has reported Turkish prospect Omer Yurtseven visited the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center this week and apparently has interest in the Orange. Yurtseven is a seven-foot center in the 2016 class who could be a huge get for Syracuse as they look to potentially add another big man for next season.
The Orange have been targeted big men for 2016 but have yet to land one. Mali's Cheickna Dembele committed to UNLV recently, while the team still awaits a decision from 6-10 forward Taurean Thompson. The Jersey City (N.J.) prospect just visited the Orange last weekend, but also received an offer from Michigan State of late. The Spartans are pushing for him to take a trip up to East Lansing, Mich., while Seton Hall also remains in hot pursuit.
While European prospects can be hard to judge at times, the consensus around college basketball appears to be very high on Yurtseven. He currently has schools like North Carolina, Arizona, Ohio State, and Kentucky interested in his services.
With an addition like Yurtseven, Syracuse could be looking at a very deep (nine- or 10-deep) rotation, something Jim Boeheim doesn't use very often. With Syracuse coming in to the mix after all of these other teams expressed interest in him, one can only take that as a positive in hopes for a potential signing.
Here are some highlights of the big man:
Yurtseven had an opportunity to make pretty significant money overseas until he becomes eligible for the NBA Draft, but is opting to go the college route. This tells me he wants to play on a big stage, and intends to make a big splash in American basketball.