Breaking news this evening is that Shaun Kirk the third rated prospect in North Carolina by ESPN Recruiting Nation has sent in his letter of intent to NC State. His uncle and mentor Bryan Edwards has informed media outlets of the news. Shaun Kirk should be a good four year player who has great potential and should have plenty of time to grow. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him find some minutes as every scouting report on the kid describes him as ultra competitive with a high motor. As he adds muscle to his frame he should be able to use his quickness and explosiveness to give Gottfried another option to spell the Martin twins.
This is a big get for the Pack as Gottfried fended off Kentucky who tried to sweep in after Kirk verbally committed. Kirk currently plays for Team Loaded who also has Class of 2016 top recruits Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo (who have an interest in State). Both of these kids are rated top 10 by numerous recruiting outlets. It is not that big of a secret as to why Kentucky wanted to scoop Kirk as it would have given them more ammunition to lure them to Lexington. Hopefully Gottfried and his staff can use this signing to get a leg up on both Smith and Adebayo. These kids are not only gifted athletes but are physically mature for their respected class. Both would excel in Coach Gottfried uptempo attack.
North Carolina High School Athletes Will Now be Able to Profit off NIL
NIL has shaken up the college sports world, and now it will be shaking up the high school sports world in North Carolina (NCHSAA), becoming one of 27 states to approve the ability for high school athletes to profit off their Name, Image and Likeness.
This will officially take place beginning July 1.
In order for a student athlete to begin this process, they will have to take a course on NIL, and their parents, coaches and athletic director will as well. Schools and coaches will not be able to represent the student in NIL Deals, and they will also not be allowed to use NIL as a way to draw athletes to their school.
There are restrictions on what student athletes can profit off of though.
The NCHSAA will prohibit student-athletes from entering into NIL deals with products around adult entertainment, alcohol, cannabis, controlled substances, firearms and ammunition, gambling, prescription drugs, as well as tobacco, vaping, and other Nicotine-related products. Athletes cannot affiliate themselves with a specific school, conference, school district, the NCHSAA, or the NFHS through a NIL deal.
What are your thoughts?
NC State Men’s Offers 4-Star Jahki Howard
Last Thursday, the Wolfpack offered 2024 Small Forward Jahki Howard (6’7″/180) out of Overtime Elite (Atlanta, GA).
Blessed to receive a offer from NC state 🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/4lgSd9b9s8
— Jahki Howard (@showtime_ki) April 28, 2023
ESPN ranks Howard as the #53 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #3 player in the state of Georgia.
Howard is familiar with NC State, because NC State 2023 signee Trey Parker played with him down at Overtime Elite. In 2022-23, Howard averaged 10.1 points per game, shooting 58.6% from the field.
Check out these pictures of Howard on an unofficial visit to NC State with Parker.
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Check out these recent highlight reels of Howard.
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Jahki Howard has taken his game to another level. Off to a 5-0 start with NH Lightning on the Circuit.
Averaging 17.6PPG and 7.2RPG, while shooting 69% FG and 63% from 3P (7-11). Insane numbers.
Highlights below📺👇 pic.twitter.com/90DcLkLKN7
— GREENLIGHT MEDIA (@atlgreenlight) April 29, 2023
Parker and Howard showed out in this Dunk Contest a couple of months back.
Howard will be taking an Official Visit to Georgetown on May 8-9.
4-Star SF Jahki Howard Takes an Unofficial Visit to NC State
4-Star 2024 Small Forward Jahki Howard (6’7″/180) took an Unofficial Visit to NC State yesterday alongside 4-Star Shooting Guard Paul McNeil, who verbally committed to run with the Wolfpack yesterday.
🐺🐺nation ? Unofficial visit❤️🤍 #notcommitted pic.twitter.com/NxNncnptkm
— Jahki Howard (@showtime_ki) February 20, 2023
Howard is ranked as the #51 overall player nationally in the 2024 class by Rivals, and the #4 player in the state of Georgia according to ESPN. Howard plays for Overtime Elite in Atlanta, where 2023 NC State signee Trey Parker plays.
He also holds offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Providence, Auburn, Rutgers, Illinois, Texas A&M, Mississippi St, Wake Forest, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Arizona St, Kansas, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and others.
As far as I can tell, Howard doesn’t hold an offer from NC State at this point.
Jahki Howard earns Player of the Week honors after a big performance vs. Hillcrest dropping 25 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST 🚀 @showtime_ki pic.twitter.com/yPD5psrm2m
— Overtime Elite (@OvertimeElite) November 29, 2022
4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil Commits to NC State!
What a day! 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil (6’6″/185) wrapped up his Official Visit to NC State today by committing to run with the Wolfpack, after watching them defeat their rival UNC in PNC Arena.
@PackMensBball #Committed🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/AiSg5h2wCg
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) February 19, 2023
McNeil is the #17 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class according to ESPN, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
In 2022-23, McNeil is averaging 23.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game for Richmond High School. Last year, he became the first ever Sophomore to win the Gatorade Player of the Year Award in the state of North Carolina.
McNeil also held offers from Clemson, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Georgetown, St. John’s, LSU, Virginia Tech, Missouri, and others.
Hear the staff is going after some transfers to fill guard spot. If they land a decent backup PG/Combo Guard this late in the game, I will be truly amazed and take back all the bad stuff I said about them. If we only had 1 scholly and we had to choose between a decent PG transfer and the Greek 7 footer, which would most people choose? I think I would go with the 7 footer and take my chances on the backup PG being Lil’ Corch, Henderson, or Twin. Also, someone on another blog was lamenting the fact that… Read more »
wolfpack74 gdtann Wolfer96 Yeah where is old 70? I miss that troll.
gdtann Wolfer96 wolfpack74 I must be growing on you. This is the second time that you have agreed with me since Kyle and Lacey departed.
Wolfer96 wolfpack74 I’d honestly would feel more comfortable if we can add a combo guard grad transfer somehow. Something may in the works since we cancelled that visit with the UNCA guy. We’ll see. If we get a combo guard who can score, I’d be happy with how Gott has rebounded from Lacey leaving.
wolfpack74 We could use a PG and/or that 7 footer from europe. However, after losing Turner and unexpectedly losing Lacey who we’ll be missing the most in terms of scoring, creating, and ball handling; the question now is less to do with depth or positional but who will make up the scoring? No matter who we bring in can they replace the scoring of a 5th year senior and a 4th year junior? I see Kirk more for depth and coming off the bench to give guys a breather the 1st season. Not a guy that will come in right… Read more »
Can Gott now get what we need?