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NC State freshman Yurtseven suspended for nine games

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North Carolina State Wolfpack freshman Omer Yurtseven has been suspended for nine games and is expected to return for the Dec. 15 game against Appalachian State, multiple sources told FanRag Sports and Today’s U on Monday.

The Omer Yurtseven development was first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.

The 7-foot, 245-pound big man out of Turkey is expected to be a major piece for the Wolfpack in 2016-17. He is set to join heralded freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr., who is considered the fourth-best incoming freshman in the nation, as presumed impact newcomers for the program.

The suspension stems from questions surrounding Yurtseven’s playing career prior to coming to North Carolina State.

Mark Gottfried has led the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament in four of his five seasons in Raleigh. During that period of time, North Carolina state has won 20 or more games in every season but one. Last season, North Carolina State went 16-17 overall, but big things are expected out of this program this season, as some key returning players are going to be mixed with highly regarded freshmen.

The preseason in-conference coaches’ poll have the Wolfpack pegged to finish sixth in a very deep the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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