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Courtney Fells Nears NBA Dream

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Courtney Fells (NC State wing from 2005-2009) was one guy who I always thought  had all the essentials to become an NBA player. He had the height, the length, the athleticism and the shot, but just never really put it together at NC State. Whether it was his defense, his handle or his lateral quickness, he just never was able to become great at the college level. Now, however, Fells is on the cusp of making the Spurs roster. He and Dan Nwaelee are the final two guys fighting it out for the final roster spot and those around San Antonio are thinking it might be Fells.

Here is a nice excerpt from the ProjectSpurs blog on Fells:

Coach Popovich on Courtney Fells: “I think he’s going to be a good player in this league eventually.”

If there was one unknown player on the roster who made the most of his opportunity, it was forward Courtney Fells. Fells came off the bench in the second half to finish with six points, two steals, and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of play.

His hustle and energy are something Popovich praised him for postgame.

“He’s got a feel for the game and he matches it with his hustle on the court. He competes every play and a lot players don’t really know how to do that, but he seems to do it.”

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I think I can speak for all of Wolfpack nation when i say “We’re rooting for ya, Courtney!”

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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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Former NC State All-American SS Trea Turner Goes Into All-Star Break on a Tear

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner is heading into the 2024 All-Star Game this week on an absolute tear.

Since the turn of the month, Turner has hit 8 Home Runs in his last 12 games, hitting another one today.

Turner will be starting at Shortstop for the National League on Tuesday night, playing in his 3rd All-Star Game.

Heading into the break, Turner is batting .349 with 11 Home Runs in 57 games.

Turner is only the 4th player in NC State history to be named to the MLB All-Star Game, joining Carlos Rodon, Jimmy Brown and Don Plesac.

Turner was a 2-time All-American at NC State. In 2012, Turner was named 3rd Team All-American by NCBWA, and in 2013 he was named 2nd Team by Collegiate Baseball, and 3rd Team by NCBWA and Baseball America.

His 113 career stolen bases at NC State are the most in school history. Turner was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st Round with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.

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