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Our Take: UNCP Game Player Breakdown (Part 2)

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Here is part 2 of our player breakdown from the UNCP exhibition game:

Jordan Vandenberg: After a great showing in the red/white scrimmage, Vandy was back at it again early in this one. He was running the floor, throwing down dunks and altering shots. That was short lived however as he went down with a high ankle sprain only 5 minutes into the game. According to early reports, Big V will miss 4 to 6 weeks of action to start the season. This is very bad news for the Pack who is already pretty thin on their frontline. This can still be a breakout year for the senior form down under, but he needs to make sure he gets back on the floor as soon as he can. For his sake and for the Pack’s sake.

Kyle Washington: I thought Washington was pretty good for his first action as a college player. He was very active and very aggressive, especially on the defensive end. With Vandy out, Kyle is going to have to become a real force in the lane and one of the team’s most trusted rebounders. Judging by his effort in this one, it’s entirely possible he can do that. His final like was 8 points (on 4-6 shooting) and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Pretty impressive if you ask me.

Lennard Freeman: Freeman was kind of the forgotten freshman in this class, but judging by his performance in the red/white scrimmage and his line in this one, i think it’s safe to say that he’s going to play a role on this team. With a thin front line and the team in need of some quality rebounding, Freeman might just carve out a little niche for himself. He was very active in his 24 minutes on the floor, and while he is still very raw on offense, he was very physical on defense and was hungry as he went after rebounds. Lennard finished with 3 points (1-1 from the field), but added 5 boards which was good for 2nd on the team.

Beejay Anya: It’s going to be a while before we see Anya logging major minutes. He still is pretty far off in terms of conditioning. He played only 5 minutes in this one, which is a shame because with a very thin frontcourt, State could use a big body in the paint. Beejay simply doesn’t look ready. When he came in early in the game he made a quick turnover and look a little frazzled out there, however thats expected out of a freshman in his first game. The real problem was his conditioning. He just wasn’t able to give constant effort and it showed as guys half his size were grabbing rebounds from right over top of him. We’ll have to keep waiting as Anya keeps working to get into game shape.

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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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