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2016 Recruit Update: Dennis Smith

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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.

 

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NC State Offers Top-10 Forward Nate Ament

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NC State was in to watch 2025 Forward Nate Ament (6’8″/170) last week with Team Loaded on the Adidas AAU circuit, and the Wolfpack extended him a scholarship offer on the 20th.

Ament is a consensus Top-40 player in the 2025 recruiting class, with ON3 ranking him 10th overall. Rivals and ON3 both rank him as a 5-star player, and he is the consensus #1 player in the state of Virginia in his class.

He plays for Highland High School in Manassas, Virginia, where he averaged 19.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.7 assists per game last season.

Ament’s offer sheet is insane, holding offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Iowa, Wake Forest, Virginia, Pitt, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss, FSU, Alabama, Texas and others.

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NC State Offers 3-Star Small Forward Ryan Frost

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3-Star 2025 Small Forward Ryder Frost (6’6″/205) has received an offer from NC State.

247Sports ranks Frost as a 3-Star prospect, while the other databases have him as unranked (Rivals), or unlisted (ESPN & ON3). 247 ranks him as the #5 overall player in the state of Massachusetts in the 2025 recruiting class.

When it’s all said and done, I don’t expect Frost to be an unranked or unrated prospect by any database. He has been averaging 15 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Middlesex Magic in AAU ball in the Under Armour circuit this Spring, shooting 43% from three.

Sometimes everything can change in one day. Yesterday, after picking up an offer from Syracuse, Frost also picked up offers from Nebraska, Minnesota, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Prior to yesterday, Frost also held offers from West Virginia, Iowa, Penn State and others.

Frost looks to be one of the best three-point shooters in the nation in the 2025 recruiting class. He plays High School ball for Phillips Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Here’s a look at some highlights from his recent AAU circuit.

 

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Here’s a look at Frost’s Junior Highlights at Exeter, where he helped lead them to the state title. He was named the Player of the Year in New Hampshire, averaging 21.6 point and 7.7 rebounds per game, shooting 44 percent from three, making 201 from beyond the arc.

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4-Star Shooting Guard RJ Greer is Taking an Official Visit to NC State in Early June

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4-Star 2025 Shooting Guard RJ Greer (6’4″/170) confirmed with me that he will be taking an Official Visit to NC State on June 6-8.

Back on January 4th, Greer included NC State in his Top-4 along with Penn State, Cincinnati and the NBL. He also holds offers from Pitt, Xavier, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and others.

Greer has taken an unofficial visit to NC State previously.

This past season, Greer led his Archbishop Alter (Dayton, Ohio) to the state championship, and earned 2nd Team All-State honors. Greer averaged 16 points per game as a Junior.

 

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2025 4-Star SF Jackson Keith was at the NC State vs. UNC Game

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Earlier today, I mentioned Wolfpack prospects 4-Star 2025 Power Forward Sadiq White Jr., 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery, and 2026 Point Guard Kobe Edwards would be visiting for the NC State vs. UNC game.

4-Star 2025 Small Forward Jackson Keith (6’5″/175) was also in attendance.


Keith is a consensus 4-star prospect in the 2025 recruiting class, with Rivals ranking him as the #53 overall player in the class. The Southern High (Durham, NC) standout is ranked as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 class by ESPN.

Keith holds offers from NC State, Wake Forest, Mississippi St., Illinois, SMU, Virginia Tech, LSU and others.

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