NC State will need to land some commits to add some length and youth to our power forward and center spots. This next season State will have a rotation of three traditional 4s and 5s. It is pretty easy to see that the majority of minutes for the two front court positions will be split between Freeman, Anya, and Abu. As we spoke in our previous post their minutes may fluctuate depending on the style of play State runs with. With these three players and two of them upper class-men, Gottfried needs to reload his hopper. Here are a couple of targets for the Pack.
Edrice “Bam Bam” Adebayo 6-8 220 Pinetown, NC
Bam Bam is high on Gottfried’s priority list and would love to secure a commitment from him as he is one of the most dynamic players in the 2016 class. We have already had plenty of footage of “Bam-Bam” and many are familiar with his strengths. The thing about Adebayo is that he is so dynamic there seems to be new highlight reels each time he steps onto the court. I am sure Gottfried and his Staff are salivating at a potential pairing of Abu and Adebayo. Can you think of a more athletic tandem in the NCAA? This past season Adebayo averaged just over 18 points per game and over 19 rebounds per outing. He is proving to not be satisfied with just being a top 20 recruit.
Tony Bradley 6-10 230 Bartow, Fl
We haven’t talked about Bradley but he has been on State’s radar for sometime now. Gottfried offered him roughly a year ago and Bradley has continued to improve. He is gifted at using his body and seems to be coordinated which is unusual for his combination of his age and being 6-10. Another positive is that he displays soft hands and touch around the basket. As you can see in the video below he makes a couple of nice catches in traffic and gathers himself to score. Bradley will become a monster once he is introduced to the weight training programs at the next level. He certainly has plenty of room to add muscle and has broad shoulders.
Trevor Stanback 6-9 215 West Hills, CA
It is no secret that NC State’s coaching staff has plenty of connections in the golden state. It is only a matter of time before they lure a player from California to Raleigh. Trevor’s frame and playing style reminds me of John Henson. Stanback is extremely lanky and has excellent timing on blocking shots. The other thing that is intriguing about Trevor is that he is left handed which always makes things difficult for other players trying to defend him. This past season Stanback missed all but 6 games due to illness. This will be an important summer for him as he looks to get back into the AAU circuit.
There is no doubt that the Staff will be spread thin this summer as they scour the country in search of commitments. This is why State is so lucky to have the full support of Debbie Yow and boosters who make every effort to give the coaches the resources to see these kids every chance they get. Lets hope that it will result in some big time signings.
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.
What happened to the big Greek? We need help this year.