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Martin Twins Update (Capital Classic Highlights)

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Caleb and Cody Martin have been committed NC State for a while. The twins committed in late 2012 and stood firm, signing with the Pack when they were first allowed. This type of thing doesn’t usually happen with kids as talented as these two. Usually, if a kid knows where he wants to go, he’ll drag it out to keep his name in the news and his stock high. These two are different. The twins are well-spoken, humble, coachable and hard working. Right now Caleb is ranked 46 overall and Cody is unranked if you go by the Scout.com ranking. The insanity of this is that just a year ago these kids were teetering around the top 25 mark. Had they held out and created a massive buzz, listing big name schools and taking visits all over the country, they’d still be up there. That’s how these recruiting things work. We’ve seen in time in and time out. “Oh, you didn’t choose Duke, UNC, Kansas or Kentucky? You must not be a top 25 player.”

The truth of the matter is, Gottfried and his staff are identifying and locking down top tier talent before the elite schools even get involved. This is what happened with the Martin twins and what needs to keep happening going forward if the Pack wants to nudge itself into that ‘elite’ category.

Caleb and Cody (along with Malik-Abdul Abu) are a different brand of player than Pack fans are used to. These guys aren’t just athletes or high IQ guys, they are total packages. They are explosive players, students of the game and they check their ego at the door. These are the type of players championship teams are built of and now that Gottfried has built a foundation, they are the type he seems to be targeting (and somehow landing).

So while all the rankings seems to be coming out with unsigned guys creating all the buzz and jolting up in the rankings, make sure you realize how this game is played. Don’t disregard the talent that is being brought in this coming year. These guys are high impact, high character, leaders who will give NC State the boost it’s been looking for, for a long time.

MARTIN TWINS UPDATE (CAPITAL CLASSIC)
A few days ago Caleb and Cody were invited to play in the Capital Classic. A high school all-star game that takes the best players in the DC area and puts them up against some of the best players nationally. The Martin twins were on the nation team and played extremely well, even in an All-Star game atmosphere. Their team took the 139-134 win. Here are the stat breakdowns….

Caleb Martin: 6-10 shooting, 1-3 from 3pt range, 4 boards, 13 points, 3 assists, 1 TO, 1 block and 2 steals in 19 minutes.

Cody Martin: 5-11 shooting, 3-7 from 3pt range, 4 boards, 13 points, 1 assist, 1 TO, 1 block and 1 steal in 23 minutes.

Both kids played well and but up eerily similar numbers in the game. Here are the highlights from the night. Caleb is #1 and Cody is #11.

 

and in case you need a reminder….

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4-Star G Austin Swartz Picks Up an Offer from NC State on Visit

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4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Austin Swartz (6’5″/180) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday, and he left with a scholarship offer.

Swartz plays for Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina. ON3 ranks him as the #65 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #7 player in the state of North Carolina.

He already holds offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Houston and others.

 

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247: NC State’s 2023 Recruiting Class Ranks 18th After Miranda Commitment

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After the commitment of 4-Star Big Man Isaiah Miranda last night (who will be able to start playing in a week for the Wolfpack), NC State’s 2023 Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class ranks 18th nationally according to 247Sports.

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Currently, the Wolfpack’s 2023 class ranks 2nd in the ACC behind Duke.

For perspective, Rivals ranks NC State’s class 20th, and ON3 ranks it 23rd.

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I just watched NC State commit 4-star Trey Parker take on 5-star de-commit Rob Dillingham

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I was pretty crushed when Rob Dillingham, the #1 PG in the country, de-committed from NC State.

Keatts really needs to stack some talent for next season with Smith, Joiner,  Clark, Burns, Mahorcic, and Morsell all likely gone. The only guys you can count on to come back are Breon Pass, Ernest Ross, Greg Gantt, and LJ Thomas. And while those guys are good players, that group is certainly going to need some help.

Now, of course, you have the portal, but Keatts needs to start landing some big-time high school talent. The narrative was that it was hard to recruit with the NCAA sanctions hanging over the program, but how true was that? This was the offseason we’d find out.

It took a while, but all of a sudden the dominoes are falling and Keatts is adding some key pieces.

First up was Dennis Parker. He’s a 4 star forward who is athletic, long, and can stretch the defense with a good outside shot. This is a key position for Keatts, but so is SG. With Terquavion Smith leaving, there are a lot of points to replace.

That’s why the commitment of Trey Parker is so important.

We’ve been calling Parkers a 4-star  because On3 has him ranked as such. However, both Rivals and 247 have him ranked as a 3-star. Why would Keatts take a 3-star at such an important position at this stage of the game?

I watched his highlights. I quickly understood.

Trey Parker is not a 3-star. Trey Parker might not be a 4-star. At the end of the day, he’s going to be very close to being a 5-star guard. That’s how good he is. In fact, he’s is very similar to Terquavion Smith. Both have unlimited 3-point range, very stright-up, nice elevation jumpers, both have good handles and both are super athletic. Smith might have a little tighter handle, but Parker is more athletic. They are both elite scorers.

Parker passed my eye test with flying colors. In fact, his highlight reel is one of the best I’ve ever seen for a kid coming to NC State.

So how could 247 and Rivals miss this bad? I had to watch a full game. Maybe he was mistake-prone, or maybe he was a really poor decision-maker. I decided to watch a full game where he took on Robert Dillingham, the 5-star PG who decommitted to NC State. This will really be a test.

My take on the Parker vs Dillingham game

First off, Robert Dillingham is elite. I mean, he’s NBA-ready right now. He might not ever play a game in college and if he does, it’s going to be the Robert Dillingham show. If you’re into team basketball or if you want a player to help build the program, Dillingham won’t be it. He’s going to be more of a Dennis Smith type in my opinion. He’s going to have some gaudy numbers, but I’m not sure how interested players will be in playing with him.

This wasn’t just my take. The announcers had this to say about the 5 star guard in this game

“Rob Dillingham. Like, I’ve never seen a green light like this. I don’t know what coach said to that man, but he must’ve said ‘Do whatever you want to do.’ and he’s doing whatever he wants to to.”

Dillingham went off. He scored 36 points. He had some insane highlights, but all in all, it was a one-man show. Oh, and his team ended up losing.

Meanwhile, Trey Parker looked legit.

It seems as if Parker took everyone by surprise recently because the announcer said “When Trey Parker got drafted to the Cold Hearts (Overtime Elite League team), I didn’t expect him to have this role, but he’s kind of taken on a lead role and he’s doing a good job.”

Parker finished with 18 points and 4 assists and was hounding guys on defense. In fact, he stripped Dillingham at midcourt and went down for a massive dunk. There weren’t any red flags with his game. He’s strong with the ball, he’s unselfish, he locks in on defense, he will be one of the most exciting dunkers NC State has ever had and he’s got unlimited range.

Oh, and NC State fans are going to love him. Here is what he had to say at halftime.

” I’m feeling good, man. Me and my team gotta play as a team on defense. And we got to talk on defense also. Defense wins games… We gotta talk more. communicate on defense. Defense is everything. Our offense is great right now.”

This kid has a chip on his shoulder. Maybe it’s the 3-star ranking? Maybe it’s because he only had offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State and TCU. Who knows, but this is another huge get by Keatts.

Remember, Terquavion Smith was a 3 star when he committed to the Pack and now here’s Parker committing with 3 stars (and just about ready to rise in the ranks.) Keatts is at it again, scooping up high-level talent before others realize it.

If you ask me, Parker has enough talent to come in and be a high-impact player from day 1. He might not be as flashy as Robert Dillingham, but he’s the guy I’d rather have. He’s going to be team-focused, hungry, and excited to play for fans in his home state.

Watch the whole game above and let me know what you think.

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NC State Offers 4-Star Wing Kris Parker

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Yesterday, NC State offered 2023 4-Star Wing Kris Parker (6’8″/175) out of Crossroad Academy in Quincy, Florida.

Parker also holds offers from Villanova, UCF, Illinois, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Virginia Tech, St. Johns, Florida St, Kansas St, Ole Miss, Florida and others.

ESPN ranks Parker as the #58 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of Florida.

Parker took an Official Visit to Alabama in September, and just took one to Villanova this past weekend, and picked up an offer afterwards.

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