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Game Day: Preseason Opener vs Queens

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State basketball is finally back today as they open up the preseason against Queens, tipping 45 minutes after the football game ends.

According to GoPack.com “When NC State called the coaching staff at Queens to set up a closed scrimmage, that set into motion a chance for the Division II Royals to come and play the Wolfpack. NC State’s staff inquired about playing a Nov. 1 closed scrimmage at Queens, and the Queens coaching staff asked for a chance to play NC State in an exhibition. The Wolfpack happened to need an opponent for its season-opening exhibition and the connection was made.”

Here are some things to watch for in today’s game:

1) What will the rotation look like?
I think we all expect to see a Barber, Lacey, Turner, Washington and Anya start this one, but with a team this deep it will be interesting to see how Gottfried handles things. There is a bit of a log jam at the 3/4 positions with Turner, Washington, Lenard Freeman, Abu and the Martin twins. That’s 6 people for 2 positions. I’m guessing Freeman will shift to the 5 when Anya needs a blow and Abu will sub for Washington, but how with the Martin twins shake out? Caleb and Cody both bring different things to the table and while we thought Caleb would get the most run this season, we’re starting to rethink things as Cody has come on very strong in early workouts.

2) Who’s the scorers?
Cat Barber wants to be, but Trevor Lacey will have to be. Lacey was very tentative and was more of a distributor in the red/white game, however they need him to score it if this team wants to be competative. Of course you’re going to get 10-12 from Ralston Turner and we’ll all be hoping to see more of a coming out part from Kyle Washington who could be this teams X-factor.

3) More of a defensive identity?
Without Warren this team is going to have to find ways to put up points, and there’s been a ton of talk about that, but I think if this team really wants to shock this conference they’ll have to take a little more pride in getting stops than they have in the past. This is a long, quick and deep team that has the pieces in place to be an elite defensive unit. It’s going to start up top with Barber harassing opposing guards and end down low with Anya altering shots, but can Lacey or Lee become a stopper? Cody Martin has the tools and work ethic to be that and could carve himself out a role.

I guess we’ll start finding some of this stuff out tonight, 45 minutes after the football game.

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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 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/Center Ernest Ross
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.
Guard/Forward MJ Rice

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

 

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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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NC State Lands a Commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team has landed a commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215).

 

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Below is a translation of the post:

2022. The year the Rouge et Or welcomed me to its great team at Laval University. I have deep gratitude to the Rouge et Or organization for supporting and encouraging me over the past two years. Laval will have had a significant influence in my sporting and academic progress.

And ending with a victory at Nationals, those moments were unforgettable. Thanks once again to the fans who have encouraged us all these seasons.

A new project now calls me to North Carolina, where I will continue my studies while wearing the uniform of NC State University.

I would like to thank the team for the rigorous work in each training and each match, I wish you only the best for your next seasons.

Ishmael

Diouf played collegiate ball at Laval in Quebec City.

This past season, Diouf averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for Laval, and then went on to average 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in the Final 8 Tournament, where the Victors won the National Championship. Diouf earned the MVP title in the Tournament.

According to a source, this recruitment was kept under wraps because several Big Ten schools were getting involved. Wolfpack Assistant Coach Levi Watkins ran point on Diouf’s recruitment.

While NC State is out of scholarships, in the world of NIL, funds are available to make this happen.

Diouf has 2-years of eligibility remaining. He was the #1 Draft Pick this year in CEBL, but didn’t sign with the team, making him eligible to still play college ball.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball is Tied for the 20th Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

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According to College Basketball Report, NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is tied for the 20th most NCAA Tournament wins since 2020.

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Yes, I’m fully aware that all 4 of those wins took place in this years NCAA Tournament, but I don’t care. STATS ARE STATS!

ACC Teams with the Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

1. Duke – 8
2. UNC – 7
2. Miami – 7
4. NC State – 4
5. Clemson – 3

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