Former NC State head coach Mark Gottfried offered a scholarship to 2021 shooting guard Carson McCorkle (6’1″/170) last season before he ever played a basketball game for Broughton High School (Raleigh, NC). When you have one of the best players in your backyard, it’s wise to get ahead of the rest of the competition.
After Kevin Keatts took over as NC State’s head basketball coach, he has been on a whirlwind learning the lay of the land. One thing that Keatts and Gottfried have in common is their interest in McCorkle talents. Keatts and his staff have been out to watch him on numerous occasions, and McCorkle is looking forward to getting on NC State’s campus to know them better.
“They have not offered me, but they have come to watch me play some and are starting to get more interested,” McCorkle said. “I haven’t got to meet him (Keatts) yet, but I have heard lots of good things about him I’m excited to meet him. I am taking an unofficial visit there after they get back from Italy.”
McC0rkle is the #29 player in the 2020 recruiting class, and NC State isn’t the only school interested.
“Yale and Wichita St. have asked me to visit and are both really interested,” McCorkle said. “Iowa has made me a pretty big priority this summer as well.”
The offer from the Wolfpack meant a lot to McCorckle last season, and I’m sure an offer from Keatts would as well. Here is what McCorckle had to say to us last year about the offer from Gottfried.
“It meant a lot. I’ve grown up a big Pack fan. This means a lot to my family too,” said McCorkle. “My mom went to NC State and we all love State.”
McCorkle will officially be playing at Greensboro Day this season, and has been officially reclassified to the 2021 class. NC State’s staff would be silly not to make McCorkle a priority. The kid’s got game.