NC State big fella Omer Yurtseven was named a Co-ACC Player of the Week for his work against Miami and Wake Forest.
The Wolfpack’s Yurtseven averaged 25 points and seven rebounds in two ACC games last week as NC State scored a 72-63 win over Wake Forest on Thursday evening and dropped an 86-81 decision to No. 25 Miami on Sunday. The sophomore center from Istanbul, Turkey led the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounding in both games
Yurtseven had 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting in the win over Wake Forest. He pulled down eight rebounds in the contest and blocked one shot. On Sunday against Miami, he delivered 28 points on 12-for-16 shooting with six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. The 28 points were one point shy of his career high set earlier this month in a win over nationally-ranked Clemson.
Yurtseven connected on 76 percent of his two-point field goal attempts (19-for-25) in last week’s games. (ACC)
On the season, Yurtseven is averaging 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting 61.5% from the field. Through 6 games in January, Yurtseven has been scorching, averaging 17.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, while shooting 58% from the field and 44% from deep range.
NC State Men’s Basketball Ranks 41st in 2019-20 Preseason AP Poll
The 2019-20 AP Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll is out, and NC State is sitting at 41st.
The Wolfpack spent 6 weeks ranked in the AP Poll last week, peaking as high 15th in Week 10.
NC State opened last season 50th in the AP Preseason Poll, with 1 vote. In the final AP poll released in Week 19, the Wolfpack didn’t receive a single vote.
NC State Men’s Basketball Ranked 28th in KenPom’s 2019-20 Preseason Rankings
Stat junkie KenPom’s preseason 2019-20 rankings are out, and the NC State Men’s Basketball team sits at 28th nationally to start the year.
The Wolfpack’s is projected to rank 10th nationally in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency, with the Defense sitting at 64th.
NC State sits at 6th in the ACC in these preseason rankings, which lines up perfectly with the Official Preseason rankings by the ACC Media. They are projected to have the 4th most efficient offense, and the 12th most efficient defense.
The Wolfpack is projected to go 22-9 in the regular season.
NC State finished the 2018-19 season ranked 41st nationally in KenPom’s final rankings.
Primetime with the Pack: HIGHLIGHT REEL
The NC State Men and Women’s Basketball teams put on a show for the fans last night at Primetime with the Pack at Reynold’s Coliseum.
— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) October 19, 2019
Freshman Dereon Seabron won the dunk contest. Graduate Senior Pat Andree won the three-point contest. Sophomore Jericole Hellems won the skills competition.
The Men’s Basketball team have a “secret” scrimmage against East Carolina tomorrow, and their first Exhibition Game is next Sunday, October 27th, against Mount Olive. The season opener at home against Georgia Tech is on November 5th.
The Women’s Basketball team have an Exhibition Game against Anderson in Reynolds Coliseum on October 31st, and their season opener is on November 6th against North Carolina A&T at home.
Andy Katz Ranks NC State’s Markell Johnson as the #4 Player in the ACC
NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released a podcast two days ago previewing the 2019-20 ACC Men’s Basketball season, and he thinks that NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson is the 4th best player in the conference.
Here’s what Katz had to say about Johnson in the Top-10 breakdown on the podcast.
“He’s a stat stuffer. If NC State goes to the NCAA Tournament, Markell Johnson will lead them. At ACC Media Day told me that he needs to come more out of his shell. He knows that. To be much more demonstrative. Kevin Keatts is putting it on him to become a player like that.” (Katz)
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