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Dennis Smith Leaves N.C. State For NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2017 3:46 PM

Dennis Smith will leave N.C. State after his freshman season to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

"It's always been my dream to try and play in the NBA," Smith told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. "The timing is perfect for me and my family to make this decision. I want to thank all my teammates, coaches and the fans of NC State. I am thankful for Coach [Mark] Gottfried and all that he has done for me."


Smith averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Smith is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.


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Omer Yurtseven Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent

Mar 15, 2017 1:09 AM

Omer Yurtseven told on Tuesday that he will declare for the draft but left open the possibility of returning to N.C. State next season.

Yurtseven, a 7-footer from Turkey, had a difficult freshman season. He missed the first nine games of the season after the NCAA reviewed his amateur eligibility. He had played the previous three seasons for a pro club in Turkey before committing to the Wolfpack last May.

Yurtseven was projected by some NBA draft sites as a first-round pick before the season started.

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