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REPORT: Yurtseven either going pro or transferring from NC State

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As we just reported this morning, Kevin Keatts and Omer Yurtseven met to discuss his future at NC State. Our sources had been telling us all along that the chances were slim-to-none that he’d be returning, and today we have gotten that confirmed.

NC State and Kevin Keatts released this statement just minutes ago:

The wrinkle is that Yurtseven could consider a transfer if he does not like what pro scouts are telling him during draft workouts. That’s pretty interesting seeing as he’s always seemed pretty eager to get to the NBA. A transfer would cost him yet another year, but maybe he feels that is necessary in order to build up his strength for the next level.

Either way, he won’t be back at NC State next season and while it never hurts to have a 7 footer who can score it, this will really open the door for Kevin Keatts to fully implement his system. A system which Omer simply never truly would have fit.

In the end, you have to credit Yurtseven for his time with the Pack and for sticking it out through the coaching change and stepping up to be a major part of NC State’s successful first season under Kevin Keatts. While it would have been great to see him add strength and dominate the paint next season, he’s making a move that he feels is best for him and his future.

Hopefully, Pack fans will wish him well and follow his career as he embarks on a new journey that will likely end up at basketball’s highest level.

For the Pack, this opens up another scholarship, which we’re told will very likely be for bringing in another big man to fill the void.

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The NEW & HUGE Video Board at PNC Arena has been Raised!

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Back in the Spring, news broke that a new video board was going to be hung up in PNC Arena before NC State’s upcoming Men’s Basketball season, and today we got our first look at it raised up in the rafters.

The video board is a whopping 4,000 square feet hanging in the air.

That’s 180% larger than the old one.

 

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Tip-Off Times Set for Most of NC State’s 2019-20 ACC Slate

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The NC State Men’s Basketball schedule was released last Thursday, but the tip-off times for all but one of their ACC games now have been revealed.

The only ACC game we don’t know the tip-off time for is the game at Wake Forest on December 7th.

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Katz Projects NC State as a #10 Seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 50 Days Out

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We are 50 days out from the start of the 2019-20 College Men’s Basketball season, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released an early Bracketology, projecting that NC State will be a #10 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, playing St. Mary’s in the 1st Round.

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Athlon Predicts NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team to Finish 5th in ACC in 2019-20

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and they predict that NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will finish 5th in the ACC this season.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. UNC
  4. UVA
  5. NC State
  6. FSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Miami
  9. Syracuse
  10. Georgia Tech
  11. Clemson
  12. Boston College
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Virginia Tech

Here’s a rundown of what they had to say about the Wolfpack.

  • Returning 6 of top 7 scorers from last year
  • Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk needs to rebound more consistently, and stay out of foul trouble.
  • The version of Senior Markell Johnson that finished the season will be needed for NC State to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
    • Needs to be a consistent leader and scorer.
  • Junior Braxton Beverly needs to figure out a way to run more hot than cold.
  • Consistency from Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels would go a long way.
  • Team should be back in the NCAA Tournament.
  • With a reloading year for Duke, UVA and UNC, Keatts will get few opportunities like this one.

Pick up your own copy of Athlon’s 2019 College Basketball Preview at your local store.

 

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