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Where Are They Now? Jeremy Hyatt

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In 1993 NC State picked up a 6’6 shooting guard, Jeremy Hyatt, out of Jacksonville, Florida. Known for his defense and his perimeter shooting Hyatt quickly became a fan favorite and was also a big part of the program from 1993-1997. Hyatt was a 3 years starter for the Wolfpack and was a member of Herb Sendek’s first NC State team. Hyatt was solid during his senior season, by averaging 10 points per game, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and over a steal per game, all while shooting an outstanding 47% from the floor and 38% from 3 point range.

Hyatt, alongside Justin Gainey, Damon Thornton and CC Harrison were able to bring NC State to their first postseason since Jimmy Valvano led State there during the ’88-’89 season. The Wolfpack made a deep run in the ACC tournament and were selected for the NIT, where they were knocked out in the second round.

After college basketball Jeremy Hyatt went on what essesntially was a world tour, playing in France, Lebenon, and Central America amongst other places.

“It was a great experience for me, and I encourage anyone who can do it to do it. I got to see so many thing and get a broader view of this world.” said Hyatt of the places basketball has taken him.

When asked about the hardest adjustments of playing overseas, Jeremy was quick to talk about the language barrier.

“It’s funny, you know. They try to speak English and you try to speak their language but a lot gets lost in translation. But, at the end of the day we’re all the same. Everyone is the same. They countdown and hit (imaginitive) buzzer beaters in their driveway just like we do, but instead of 3…2….1… it’s trois…deux…un…..”

For nine seasons Jeremy played overseas, livingh is dream of playing professional basketball. Today, however, Jeremy is back in Raleigh, and still in a way, living his dream. Jeremy and fellow former Wolfpacker Mark L. Davis have started up a local basketball skills camp called “DRIVE Athletics.” DRIVE was founded in 2009 and aims to provide the most exciting, educational, and fulfilling experience through its basketball training and events. Their primary goal is to ensure the youth involved in their programs have an enjoyable experience while learning the game of basketball and showcasing their achievements and talents.

“We started DRIVE last year and it’s been going really go so far. We’re based out of Raleigh and we hold most of our clinics locally at Grand Slam USA off of Western, near NC State.” said Hyatt. “We do clinics for guards and some for big men, shooting clinics as well as ball handling clinics.”

With Drive Athletics constantly growing and expanding it seems as if Jeremy Hyatt is still doing what he loves. If youre high school age or younger, or an adult with with a child and would like to get involved with DRIVE just click below to find out when, where and how to sign up for their next availble clinic.

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TJ Warren is Back Baby!

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Tonight, former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren played his first NBA game since December 29, 2020, and HE’S STILL GOT IT!

For the first time as a member of the Nets, Warren stepped on the court.

Tony Buckets came off the bench, and managed to score 10 points (5-11 FG) and grab 4 rebounds in 17 minutes of play in Brooklyn’s 114-105 victory over the Raptors.

 

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Zonovan Knight Makes Jets History in NFL Debut

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Former NC State All-American (Kickoff Returner) and All-ACC Running Back Zonovan Knight made his NFL debut today in the Jets 31-10 victory over the Bears, and in doing so, he made New York history.

Knight had 69 yards on 14 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and had 3 receptions for 34 yards, giving him 103 yards from scrimmage, setting a new Jets record for yards from scrimmage in an NFL debut.

Bam went undrafted earlier this year, but then signed an undrafted free agent deal with New York. He initially made the Jets 53-man roster, but then was waived a few days later to make space for an Offensive Lineman. Two days later, the Jets signed Knight to their Practice Squad, and that’s where he was until he was called up to the 53-man roster on October 25th.

Though Bam has been on the 53-man roster since then, today was the first time that he was Active. This came after Jets Running Back James Robinson was listed as a healthy scratch. When Running Back Michael Carter left the game in the 1st half with an ankle injury, it was Knight’s turn to step in as RB1.

Knight ended up playing 49% of the offensive snaps for the Jets today.

Also, dude was wearing a Scarface sweater for his postgame press conference…serious drip.

Also, Knight made a bet with Jets Running Back Michael Carter, a former Tar Heel, that if NC State beat UNC, he would have to wear an NC State shirt tomorrow to practice. Love it Bam!

Knight might have just made a big enough splash to justify more of an active role with the New York Jets.

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Carlos Rodon Finishes 6th in 2022 National League Cy Young Award Voting

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Earlier this week, the 2022 Cy Young Winners were announced, and former NC State All-American Pitcher Carlos Rodon came in 6th in the National League voting.

Sandy Alcantara, MIA: 30 (first-place votes) – 210 points
Max Fried, ATL: 10 (2nd), 7 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 72 points
Julio Urías, LAD: 7 (2nd), 9 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 66 points
Aaron Nola, PHI: 5 (2nd), 6 (3rd), 4 (4th), 2 (5th) – 48 points
Zac Gallen, ARI: 3 (2nd), 5 (3rd), 6 (4th), 6 (5th) – 45 points
Carlos Rodón, SF: 3 (2nd), 1 (3rd), 4 (4th), 7 (5th) – 30 points
Corbin Burnes, MIL: 1 (2nd), 2 (3rd), 1 (4th), 8 (5th) – 20 points
Yu Darvish, SD: 3 (4th), 1 (5th) – 7 points
Edwin Díaz, NYM: 1 (2nd), 2 (5th) – 6 points
Kyle Wright, ATL: 1 (4th), 1 (5th) – 3 points
Logan Webb, SF: 1 (4th) – 2 points
Ryan Helsley, STL: 1 (5th) – 1 point (MLB)

Rodon finished the 2022 season with a 14-8 record, a 2.88 ERA, 237 strikeouts (179 innings) and a WHIP of 1.03. In the National League, he ranked 6th in ERA, 2nd in K’s, 9th in WHIP and 9th in Wins.

In 2021, Rodon finished 5th in the Cy Young Award voting for the American League.

Rodon is now a Free Agent, and is set to become a very wealthy man after the past two seasons he’s put together.

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Trea Turner Wins First Silver Slugger Award

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop recently won the National League Silver Slugger Award for the Shortstop position, the first of his career.

Among Shortstops, Turner led the MLB in hits (194) while coming 2nd in Batting Average (.298), doubles (39) and RBI’s (100).

Turner also earned his 2nd All-Star appearance in 2022.

The Dodgers recently issued a Qualifying Offer to Turner, who is now a Free Agent, and as expected he declined it.

Turner is about to make boat loads of money.

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