Keeping up with who we've contacted or not, first, as of ten days ago:
Doesn't mean we won't, and maybe I'm reading a shape into the tea leaves that isn't there, but it is interesting we talked to Hayes - better overall game, and with Haliburton's frame, it feels like his game would be a little redundant to what we already have at PG. That said, I do think whoever drafts Tyrese will have a solid, smart, dependable pro. IF we were to add to an already strong position for BPA, Hayes is still my pick over all other PGs.
We have spoken to one Omer Yurtseven:
He wasn't on my radar, but here's a look at the best surnamed prospect since Blossomgame:
Yurtseven played at NC State and then transfer to Georgetown. With the Hoyas, he averaged 15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this past season. He's listed at 7'0 and is from Turkey.
He is working out in Elkridge, MD with on-court trainer Ben Bellucci, who runs a skills academy, and weight training with Kevin Maselka. Maselka also trained other Georgetown stars of yesteryear like Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.
Yurtseven trains six days a week and three times a day, only taking off Thursdays. He has an intense weightlifting regimen and puts up 6-to-10,000 shots per week. Through it all, Yurtseven says he has dropped his weight from 275 pounds to 260, his body fat from 14 percent to 10 and raised his practice three-point percentage from 40 into the 70s.
In his efforts to improve defensively, Yurtseven has honed in on lateral quickness, foot speed and guarding multiple positions. He is scrimmaging with a group of pros including Admiral Schofield of the Wizards, who gives Yurtseven practice switching onto smaller forwards.
Omer looks slow in his movements and shooting, but it may be a function of just being a big guy and not exactly bursting with twitch muscles. Still, he maintains his balance well, can post up (has both a baby hook and a turn around J), plays up to his size, absorbs physicality, good on P&R, has a nice touch around the rim, from mid-range Js, and can stretch the floor with 3s, though he doesn't take many. He shot it abysmally this season at 21.4%, but in the season before, he connected far better, making 22 of 44. He did improve his FT rate each season, finishing at 75.3% this season on career-best 3.6 attempts. I still think that's low for a big playing 26 minutes a game, but he has the tools to get more chances and the skill to make FTs.
In that video, his D shows good understanding of where to be and read the plays developing, but I think Pop would blow a gasket at a couple of those guards driving down the middle or reversing it on him on the baseline. Still, for a 22-year-old second round prospect averaging 15.5 and 9.8 (3.8 on O), there's a good skill base with which to work.