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Julius Hodge: Still Helping Raleigh

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This off-season, one of NC State’s all-time greats has come back to Raleigh to give back to the town that helped make him a star.

Julius Hodge spent four years at State helping put the basketball program back on the map ,using not only his talent on the floor, but his quick wit with the media and his heart for the city. Today, after spending five years playing in the NBA and overseas, Hodge is back in Raleigh and using his skill, wit, and heart all over again to help out his school and his city.

This past week Julius held his first annual basketball camp here in Raleigh. Camp24Hodge was a week long skills camp for ages 6-14 where twenty kids learned not only how to win on the court, but off-the-court as well. “It’s not just about teaching them basketball skills.” said Hodge “It’s about showing them how to succeed in life. If you have good manners,  you’re a good person, you always have a smile on your face, you try to do the right thing and you’re hard working then you can pretty much reach and achieve all of the goals you have in life. Pretty much I’m teaching them that through basketball.” The camp took place at Grand Slam USA, only a mile from the arena where Hodge starred for the Wolfpack. Over the week kids from all over the area came to participate, compete and learn from one of the hardest working players out there today.

After four very productive years at NC State Julius was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 20th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He spent 2 years between the Nuggets and the Milwaukee Bucks before heading overseas to play in Europe and finally finding a home in Australia with the 36ers. Although Hodge found a great deal of success in Australia, NC State fans had not heard much from their one time fan favorite. That was until this past February when Hodge finally made his way back to Raleigh. “I had been working so hard to reach my goal of playing in the NBA and I’ve been really doing what everyone else wanted me to do in a way.” Hodge explained. “Then one day my wife just said ‘What do you want to do? You do what you want to do.’ I love Raleigh and this is where I wanted to be. I love Harlem but I wanted to come back here and have my camp, and start up some foundations that give back to the community.”

The Jules from Harlem arrived back in Raleigh and immediately picked up where he left off. He connected back with NC State fans through interviews, facebook and the new means of media he’s seemingly become famous for, Twitter.Hodge has become Raleigh’s version of Ocho Cinco in the world of social media. His nearly 1,500 followers can keep track of his daily antics as he updates them with witty one-liners and funny happenings throughout his day. Hodge has used these networks, not only to entertain, but to market two things that are very important to him. His basketball camp and his project “African Education Initiative” where he’s teamed up with Russell Simmons to help bring sustainable energy to the Tonga people in the Congo. He even has an event coming up in the Hamptons on July 3rd to help promote his cause which actually will be covered and aired on the Oxygen Network in coming weeks.

From basketball camps, to his work with the less fortunate, Julius Hodge continues to put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces, and continues to give back to the city and people that gave so much to him.

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NC State NBA 2024 Summer League Update: 7/18/24

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Last night, 3 former NC State players were in action in the 2024 Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

Jarkel Joiner was tied for the most points scored in the Hawks 87-86 loss to the Lakers, with 17 points in 24 minutes. Joiner was 6 of 12 from the field, and 4 of 7 from three. He also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Mohamed Diarra shined in his first action in the Las Vegas Summer League, with 8 points in 11 minutes of play for the Lakers. He was 3 of 5 from the field, and 1 of 2 from three. Diarra also had 3 rebounds.

DJ Burns had 4 points in 8 minutes of play in the Cavs 96-85 loss to the Warriors. He was 2 of 3 from the field.

This evening, Diarra and the Lakers will play Burns and the Cavs at 9pm on ESPN.

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NC State NBA 2024 Summer League Midweek Update

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Here’s a rundown of how the 6 former NC State Basketball players that are playing in the 2024 NBA Summer League have played over the past two days.

On Monday, Terquavion Smith had 7 points in 8 minutes of play, shooting 3 of 6 from the field, and 1 of 3 from three in Portland’s 97-95 win over the 76ers. Last night, Smith didn’t play in the Trail Blazers’ 82-80 win over the Wizards.

On Monday, Mohamed Diarra didn’t play in the Lakers’ 88-74 loss to the Celtics. Diarra has yet to see the court in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Last night, Dereon Seabron had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes of play in the Bulls’ 85-77 loss to the Pistons. He was 3 of 5 from the field.

DJ Horne only played 6 minutes last night in the Spurs’ 90-85 win over the Pelicans, failing to score any points. He was 0-2 from the field.

Tonight, Diarra and the Lakers will play Jarkel Joiner and the Hawks at 9:30pm on ESPN.

DJ Burns and the Cavs will play Golden State at 10pm on ESPN+.

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NBA 2024 Summer League Weekend 1: NC State Update

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NC State has 6 former players playing in the 2024 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas currently.

You can check out the recap from Day 1 (Friday) here.

Forward DJ Burns had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in Cleveland’s 112-81 win over the Bucks last night in 15 minutes of play. He was 3 of 5 from the field.

Guard Jarkel Joiner had 6 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in Atlanta’s 79-76 loss to San Antonio in 14 minutes of play last night. He was 3 of 5 from the field.

Guard DJ Horne didn’t play on Saturday, but he had 7 points and 2 rebounds in the Spurs’ 79-76 win over the Hawks in 11 minutes of play last night. He was 2 of 7 from the field, and 1 of 4 from three.

On Saturday, Guard Terquavion Smith had 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assists in 8 minutes of play in Portland’s 83-77 loss to San Antonio. He was 1 of 5 from the field, and 1 of 3 from three.

Guard Dereon Seabron didn’t play for the Bulls in either of their games on Saturday or Sunday.

Today’s Schedule

Terquavion Smith and the Blazers will play the 76ers at 8:30pm on ESPN+.

Mohamed Diarra and the Lakers will play the Celtics at 10:30pm on ESPN+.

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Cleveland Drafts NC State’s Jacob Cozart in the 2nd Round of the 2024 MLB Draft

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The Cleveland Guardians drafted NC State Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart in the 2nd Round of the 2024 MLB Draft, with the 48th overall pick.

Cozart earned All-American honors from D1Baseball, Baseball America and Perfect Game this year, as well as 1st Team All-ACC honors. He was 1 of 3 Finalists for the Buster Posey Award.

This season, Cozart hit .305 with 19 Home Runs. His OBP was .437, and his OPS was 1.038.

The last Wolfpack Catcher to be drafted this high was Patrick Bailey, who was taken in the 1st Round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2020 Draft, with the 13th overall pick.

Only 22 NC State players have been drafted in the 1st two rounds. Cozart is tied for the 17th highest drafted player in Wolfpack history.

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