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Warren and Lewis Media Day Interviews

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Opening comments…

LEWIS: Well this season this team has changed a ton because we lost five people who played a lot last year and knowing me and TJ played significant minutes throughout the season last year, we have to step up and be leaders for the young players, be vocal and lead by example throughout the season.

WARREN: With the all the new faces in the program we got a good group of guys thatwant to get better and improve everyday and me and tyler are doing a good job of leading them on through this process and we can’t wait to get out there with those guys.

TJ how much do you need to score for this team to be successful? …

WARREN: Whatever my team needs me to do I’m going to do it. They got my back and I got theirs. With the coaching staff’s support anything can happen for this team this season.

Are there other guys who can score it?…

WARREN: Most definitely. We have Ralston Turner. He has the ability to make shots. He averaged 12 points per game at LSU his first two years. We have Dez Lee who has come from a strong background. Tyler Lewis. We just have a good group a guys that everyone is going to get a good feel for this season.

TJ you were so efficient last year. Will you being forced to score more hurt your efficiency?…

WARREN: I’m not focused on that. I just want to go out there, play to win and play hard.

Tyler you’re going to be looking to TJ a lot, right?…

LEWIS: A lot. I mean, he’s a great scorer and I have to put him in positions where he can score and where he likes the ball. Most likely wherever I give him the ball he’s going to score it. He’s one of the best scorers in the ACC, if not the country.

How much does last year’s early exit to Temple motivate you for this year?…

LEWIS: That took a big toll on me and TJ. When we got back, the four returners we had coming back, we took a week off then got right back to workouts, just knowing we have to be better next year and knowing we have to play our best basketball at the end of the season. With the incoming freshman and TJ coming along, we might struggle a little bit at the beginning with the newcomers but we’ll just pick it up throughout the season and hopefully play our best at the end.

WARREN: We really want to build off of last year. That early exit really hurt but we’ve moved on from that and with the new players, they know how good and how successful we want to be, so it really just starts in the gym working.

For the rest of the interview, including thoughts on the incoming freshmen, please check out the video above…..

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward/Center Ernest Ross
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.
Guard/Forward MJ Rice

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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NC State Lands a Commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team has landed a commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215).

 

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Below is a translation of the post:

2022. The year the Rouge et Or welcomed me to its great team at Laval University. I have deep gratitude to the Rouge et Or organization for supporting and encouraging me over the past two years. Laval will have had a significant influence in my sporting and academic progress.

And ending with a victory at Nationals, those moments were unforgettable. Thanks once again to the fans who have encouraged us all these seasons.

A new project now calls me to North Carolina, where I will continue my studies while wearing the uniform of NC State University.

I would like to thank the team for the rigorous work in each training and each match, I wish you only the best for your next seasons.

Ishmael

Diouf played collegiate ball at Laval in Quebec City.

This past season, Diouf averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for Laval, and then went on to average 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in the Final 8 Tournament, where the Victors won the National Championship. Diouf earned the MVP title in the Tournament.

According to a source, this recruitment was kept under wraps because several Big Ten schools were getting involved. Wolfpack Assistant Coach Levi Watkins ran point on Diouf’s recruitment.

While NC State is out of scholarships, in the world of NIL, funds are available to make this happen.

Diouf has 2-years of eligibility remaining. He was the #1 Draft Pick this year in CEBL, but didn’t sign with the team, making him eligible to still play college ball.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball is Tied for the 20th Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

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According to College Basketball Report, NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is tied for the 20th most NCAA Tournament wins since 2020.

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Yes, I’m fully aware that all 4 of those wins took place in this years NCAA Tournament, but I don’t care. STATS ARE STATS!

ACC Teams with the Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

1. Duke – 8
2. UNC – 7
2. Miami – 7
4. NC State – 4
5. Clemson – 3

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