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Exhibition Gameday: NC State vs Morehouse

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When: Today (Sat, Nov 2) at 5pm
Where: PNC Arena
Watch: GoPack.com Streaming

The NC State men’s basketball team has its final tune-up of the preseason this Saturday when it hosts Morehouse College at 5 p.m. Admission to the game is free but fans are encouraged to make a donation to the V Foundation upon entering PNC Arena.

Morehouse, an NCAA Division II team located in Atlanta, was 20-8 last season but returns even less from last year’s team than NC State does. Only two players from the 2012-13 Morehouse roster return, and they combined for just six starts. Saturday’s contest is Morehouse’s only exhibition.

NC State is coming off a 96-85 exhibition win over UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at Reynolds Coliseum. T.J. Warrenrecorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Tyler Lewis dished 15 assists, five of which led to NC State dunks.

Ralston Turner added 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting in what was his first time wearing a Wolfpack uniform. In all, six players saw action in a home white State uniform for the first time. Desmond Lee, Kyle Washington and Lennard Freeman all saw major minutes. Anthony `Cat’ Barber was another player fans were excited to see, and he delivered with 14 points.

“So many new guys and young guys, it gives those guys like Cat and Desmond and Lennard and Kyle and BeeJay a chance to play in front of people, to put on your uniform and play,” head coach Mark Gottfried said after Wednesday’s win. “I think our group needed that.”

After the team’s second and final exhibition, NC State will open the 2013-14 regular season Friday, Nov. 8 against Appalachian State.

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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 yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team 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 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.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

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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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