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Warren Explodes for 41 as State Downs Pitt

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I guess all the ‘this season is over’ talk can cease. TJ Warren is in full takeover mode lately and after coming so close against UNC and Syracuse, he made sure he finished this one off. State, who as marked for dead coming into this game, played one of their best halves of the season in the 2nd period and shocked Pitt on their home court 74-67.

TJ Warren is taking over the league
This was the 8th time this season that TJ has gone over 30pts, but 41…that’s just silly. Warren is approaching legend status around these parts right now. It’s been a real long time since State had a player who could single handedly take over basketball games the way he’s doing it right now.  This was a career high for the sophomore, who was just unconscious the entire game. TJ also added 3 assists, 4 steals, 5 boards and a block…all while  completely shutting down Cameron Wright, who averages over 11 ppg. I know I keep saying it but i hope everyone is realizing what you’re watching right now. Warren may seriously be the best all-around scorer NC State has ever seen and if he’s knocking in 3s like he was against Pitt, well then there is no one in the nation that can stop him. There’s nothing left for him to prove right now. He single handedly beat Pitt on this night, and has been VERY hot lately. This team is going to be very dangerous come ACC Tourny time.

Cat Barber coming of age
Maybe it was the new-look pony tail, or maybe it was simply just a freshman starting to learn how to play at this level. Barber was magnificent in the 2nd half. He played within himself, found open men and even scored when the opportunity presented itself. He was great on both ends of the floor, completely shutting down the bigger, stronger Lamar Patterson in the 2nd half. Cat finished with 9 points, 5 boards and 5 assists without a turnover. Barber honestly could have ended with 8 or 9 assists if his team knocked down a few more open shots. If he continues to play like a leader, all of the sudden you have two very capable PGs who give you completely different skill sets. This will be key for Gottfried as post season play nears.

Freeman ate up the offensive boards
If you told me that NC State would out-rebound Pitt by 12, I’d have thought you were crazy. The truth is, NC State has gotten abused on the boards all season, but tonight they’ve done what we’ve all wanted to see all season. The Pack relished the opportunity to get physical inside. They invited contact and simply were more aggressive in the paint. Lennard Freeman set the tone. He finished with 8 boards, 6 of which were offensive.

Protecting the basketball
40 minutes, 15 assists and only 6 turnovers. Cat Barber and Tyler Lewis combined for 7 assists and only 1 TO. This team needs to maximize possessions and against Pitt they did that. If Barber plays like he did, you add in Lewis and all of the sudden you have one of the best 1-2 PG combos in the league.

Is the NCAA Tournament still in reach? 
The loss to Clemson squashed a lot of hopes, but this win reignites the fire. This team has 1 point losses to Wake, #1 Syracuse and #19 UNC. That won’t help them much in getting a at-large bid, but it does give you a gauge of what this team is capable of. They need to finish out the season with a win against BC. That would give them an even 9-9 in ACC play and 19 total wins. If they want to get to the big dance, they will need to not only beat BC, but turn around in the ACC Tournament and win 2 games, one of which needs to be against one of the big boys. With how hot Warren can get, and how this team is trending, I wouldn’t turn your back on them quite yet!

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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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