I’ll be honest, it’s a lot tougher to cover recruiting now that Mark Gottfried is in charge. This guy is all over the place, offering top notch guy after top notch guy. 2015 and 2016 are no different. The Gottfather has been on the road tracking some of the nations top players. We’ll be introducing these guys to you over the next week or so.
First up is a guy that Gottfried didn’t have to jump on a plane to go watch. Dennis Smith is a local kid from Fayetteville, NC. We’ve updated you on him before, but since we’re doing this full series on recruits we’re going to get a little more in-depth this time.
Smith is an elite PG and might very well be the #1 lead guard in this class when all is said and done. He is a 6’1, 173lb kid who is pretty much ACC ready right now. He’s got the quicks, the hops and the body to compete at the highest level and is coveted by the nation’s top programs.
If the name sounds familiar, it should. This was the kid who dropped 41 points in his coming out party at the Holiday Invitational last year in Raleigh.
This kids already has offers from UNC, Duke, Florida, Kansas, VCU, Wake and of course, NC State. I think it will be interesting to see how this recruitment goes for the Pack. I think the only way they land him is if Barber goes Pro early and he has a clear path to start from day 1. Outside of that it’s going to be hard to pry him away from the plethora of top tier schools that are after him.
If State did somehow win out here, they would be getting the best all-around PG in the nation. He’s a budding floor leader who can shoot, dish and handle the ball with the best of them. While he still needs to become more of a vocal leader, he’s pretty much got the rest of his game figured out.
4-Star G Austin Swartz Picks Up an Offer from NC State on Visit
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.
2024 Cannon (NC) guard Austin Swartz will be on unofficial to NC State tonight as the Pack host Duke.
— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) January 4, 2023
I am blessed to receive an Offer from NC State🖤❤️ pic.twitter.com/CePMaPQPz7
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) January 5, 2023
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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— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) December 5, 2022
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— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) August 16, 2022
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— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) July 12, 2022
247: NC State’s 2023 Recruiting Class Ranks 18th After Miranda Commitment
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.
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.
I just watched NC State commit 4-star Trey Parker take on 5-star de-commit Rob Dillingham
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.
NC State Offers 4-Star Wing Kris Parker
Yesterday, NC State offered 2023 4-Star Wing Kris Parker (6’8″/175) out of Crossroad Academy in Quincy, Florida.
— Kris Parker (@KrisNooLimit) November 17, 2022
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.
— Issa Bucket (@IssaBucketPro) May 30, 2021
— Issa Bucket (@IssaBucketPro) May 25, 2022