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Report: NC State F Omer Yurtseven Is Returning To School

New NC State head coach Kevin Keatts is getting a major piece back for next season.

Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and coming back to NC State for 2017-18, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Yurtseven was projected to either be a second-round pick or go undrafted.

In his first season with the Wolfpack, Yurtseven averaged 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.9 minutes per game.

He will be a focal point of NC State's rebuilding under Keatts, along with Abdul-Malik Abu and Torin Dorn. The Wolfpack are losing Dennis Smith Jr., Ted Kapita and Maverick Rowan early as the trio pursues professional careers.

Additionally, Terry Henderson, the team's second-leading scorer last year, has graduated. However, NC State does welcome Lennard Freeman back from injury and added Baylor graduate transfer Al Freeman, who is immediately eligible.