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Update: Kentucky has offered Kirk one day after committing to State, however those we’ve talked to close to the program said they don’t believe that matters and that he should be signing his LOI by weeks end. Some outlets however have said that Kirk might look into this offer before signing that LOI. Stay tuned.

Update II: Media outlets confirming that Kirk IS looking into the Kentucky offer.  Cal making a very hard push. Trying to get face to face time. Sooo…this took a turn.

Gottfried isn’t going out in 2015 without snagging at least one recruit. Today, during an unofficial visit, 6’7 wing Shaun Kirk committed to NC State. Kirk had offers from Auburn, VCU, Baylor and Cal, but picked NC State over the others.

So who is Shaun Kirk. Kirk is an absolute athlete. He’s a dunk machine who gets up high and throws down hard. The goal for Kirk will be to really polish his game. He’s a hard worker, but he need to hone his shot and work on his handle. If you want to figure out what type of player he’ll be, think VCU kind of guy. An elite athlete who is going to go hard all the time and is going to work as hard as he can on both end of the floor.

Where will he fit? Well that remains to be seen, but he’s not a plug and play type guy. He’s going to need to build his body up and polish his game before he starts seeing major minutes, but don’t get us wrong, the athleticism is going to be near tops on this team and he’ll be looking to carve out his role as a freshman.

Kirk is from Whiteville, NC. We’ll have more on his commitment coming up soon…

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Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

What would be really nice is a highlights/lowlights video. That way you get a fuller picture of the player.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

I want to DESTROY duke next season. I want every shot to be a dunk. A boy can dream.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

Andrew Rowsey cancelled his visit based on this commitment from Kirk. Do they even play the same position? One guy is 6’7″ and the other is 5’10”.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

Looks like Kirk signed LOI with the Pack. Phew. What a ride. Now go land that 7’1″ beast from europe and we’re about set.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

GeoffDobbin I believe that was because State doesn’t allow partial qualifiers.

GeoffDobbin
GeoffDobbin
8 years ago

Calipari did not want to coach State but he wants State’s recruits!

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

Why is kentucky always sniffing our jock? Every recruit they took from us has not worked out. They never learn.

PackJunky
PackJunky
8 years ago

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind what is gonna happen with this kid? lol.

wormncsu
wormncsu
8 years ago

The roller coaster ride that is being a pack fan. Can we please catch a break.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

I know everyone wanted the 5 star recruit and a backup PG but I’m happy with this pickup. Yes we still need a backup PG badly but we also needed depth at only 7 scholarship players so this kid gives us that. And hopefully this signing will lead to another (hopefully PG) before the recruiting year is over. At his age it is highly possible that he continues to grow so at 6’7″ he could end up 6’8″ or 6’9″ by the time he suits up for the Pack. One of the things you really can’t teach is athleticism and… Read more »

PackJunky
PackJunky
8 years ago

wolfpack74 Yeh, agreed. Im not complaining bc I’ve seen this guy in videos with DSJ on team Loaded, and he is extremely athletic…. but we already have 3 players who are vying for the wing positions…  whereas we only have one PG, and we are weak offensively in the post… but at least we didnt strike out in the 2015 high school class.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

Point guard and really big is what we need.

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It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

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Look…I know the odds of NC State’s Men’s Basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament is next to zero percent.

In fact, according to Bart Torvik, the Wolfpack have a 1.1% chance of making the Dance as an at-large bid.

Don’t accuse me of wearing rose colored glasses, because I’m not. The fact remains, it’s not over until it is over.

What would have to happen for NC State to make the NCAA Tournament?

More than likely, NC State would have to win out the rest of the way, in games against Boston College, @ FSU, @ UNC, Duke and @ Pitt.

Maybe there’s a scenario where the Wolfpack beats BC, FSU, Pitt and beats either Duke or UNC. In order for that to play out, I imagine the Wolfpack would have to make a splash in the ACC Tournament as well.

Or maybe NC State could earn a bid winning 4 of 5 if they all of a sudden put together astronomical offensive and defensive efficiency numbers, which thus far has killed their position in the NET Rankings.

Either way, you would need some legit Cardiac Pack vibes for this team to make the Dance.

Call me unrealistic, but I think NC State should be in the NCAA Tournament every single season. Historically speaking, heading into this season, NC State ranked 27th for the most wins in college basketball history. If I lowered the standard a bit to 75%, accounting for an off year every now and then, the program is still way off the mark.

Read into this what you will, but if the Wolfpack doesn’t go to the Big Dance this year, that means they will have only gone twice in the past 7 years, and in my opinion, that’s unacceptable.

With that being said…GO PACK!

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#6 NC State 70 UNC 80: BOX SCORE (with notes)

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#6 NC State was defeated by their rival UNC this evening, falling 70-80 to the Tar Heels. Below is the Box Score with notes underneath.

Notes

  • This game came down to shooting.
    • UNC shot 50.8% from the field and NC State shot 35.2%.
    • The Tar Heels shot an insane 52.4% from three, hitting 11 from beyond the arc.
      • The Wolfpack shot 9 of 27 from deep.
  • Junior Guard Aziaha James led the Pack with 24 points (10-24), and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
  • Senior Forward Mimi Collins had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
    • The Pack needed to feed Collins. She was 3 of 6 from the field.
  • Junior Guard Saniya Rivers had 13 points (4-13), and knocked down 4 three pointers (3-6).
  • Senior Guard Madison Hayes had 11 points (4-12) and 9 boards.
  • Senior Center River Baldwin struggled, hitting 2 of her 9 shots.
  • The Wolfpack did manage to score 17 second chance points, compared to UNC’s 7.
    • They also made 11 free throws, compared to UNC’s 5.
  • UNC played extremely good defense, but NC State missed an obscene amount of shots around the rim.
  • The Tar Heels looked like the better team tonight, leading for 3/4th of the game.

The Wolfpack will play at Duke on Sunday at 5:30pm on ACC Network.

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#6 NC State Looks to Sweep Rival UNC This Evening

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The 6th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team is looking to sweep their rival UNC this evening at 8pm on ACC Network. Back on February 1st, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels 63-59. At the time NC State was ranked 5th, and UNC was ranked 24th.

Since arriving in Raleigh, Wolfpack Head Coach Wes Moore has led NC State to a 13-9 overall record against the Tar Heels, but they are 4-6 in Chapel Hill under his watch.

NC State lost to UNC the last time the game was played in enemy territory, falling 46-57 loss in Carmichael Arena on January 15th of last year. In that contest, the Wolfpack were ranked 11th and the Tar Heels were ranked 22nd.

If NC State wins tonight, it will mark the 4th time that Moore has led the Wolfpack to sweep UNC in the regular season.

Historically, NC State holds a 63-54 advantage in the series against UNC, but they are 20-30 on the road.

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NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Late Season Watchlist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award

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NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.

Currently, Moore has led NC State from being unranked in the preseason polls, to #6 currently. The Wolfpack are 23-3, and numerous publications project them to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.

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