This morning we reported that 2016 SF Christian Matthews was on campus for a visit with the NC State coaching staff yesterday. Today we were able to catch up with Matthews and he broke down his visit for us and where NC State stands amongst the other schools that are recruiting him.
“Yesterday the visit was great. We went all around the campus and met the basketball team,” Matthews said. “They told me that I reminded them a lot of T.J. Warren, and I took that as a huge compliment, because he’s in the NBA now.”
Matthews says that Georgia Tech was the first team to really start recruiting him.
“The first school that started recruiting me was really Georgia Tech. They came to the gym, because there was this big 6’10” kid that was being recruited by them,” Matthews said. “They watched me progress for a little bit and then they offered me a scholarship.”
Then NC State came along while Matthews was playing in New Jersey, and they were interested.
“They continued to watch me over the AAU season, and then back in mid-April Rob Moxley called me and offered me a scholarship over the phone.” said Matthews
At this point Matthews will visit a few other schools, but more than likely won’t take all five of his visits. At this point it is very clear that Georgia Tech and NC State are the two schools recruiting him the hardest.
When asked if he was getting closer to making a decision or if he was still wide open, he had this to say:
“I think I’m getting close. I’m a lot closer than I was before when they (NC State) offered me because I took the visit now,” Matthews said. “My father and coach have been talking to me about how NC State is a really good school and that I should look into it. Both of those people have never let me down and have always told me the truth. I’m listening to them and NC State is at the top of my list right now.”
Mark Gottfried and his staff have done a great job of making an impression on Matthews, and it is clear that same impression has been made on the most significant figures in his life as well.
4-Star F Dontrez Styles: “I love everything about NC State”
4-Star Dontrez Styles showed out at the John Wall Holiday Invitational last week, averaging 20.6 points over 3 games, recording double-doubles in 2 of them (10 rebounds each). Styles earned All-Tournament team honors.
NC State has made the standout out of Kinston High School a priority, according to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels.
Which school has prioritized him?
“N.C. State,” Style said. “They contact me every day to be honest and they tell me that they need me.”
“I love everything about them,” he added when asked about them. “They are a great school. Coach [Kevin] Keatts is a great coach. I love it.” (247)
247Sports ranks Styles as the #76 player nationally in the 2021 class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
NC State Watched 4-Star C Roosevelt Wheeler Last Night
NC State Men’s Basketball coaches were in attendance last night watching 4-Star 2021 Center Roosevelt Wheeler (6’10″/220) of John Marshall High School (Richmond, VA).
NC State, VCU & Wake Forest was in to watch Top 50 big man Roosevelt Wheeler tonight. pic.twitter.com/stCgTzOJt1
— Team Loaded AAU Basketball (@TeamLoadedBBall) December 13, 2019
NC State has made an early impression on Wheeler. After offering the standout from Virginia in August of last year, Wheeler decided to take an early Official Visit to NC State back in September.
Wheeler is ranked as the #55 overall player nationally according to Rivals, and the #9 Center. 247Sports ranks him as the #67 overall player, the #12 Center, and the #3 player in the state of Virginia.
Every single member of the NC State coaching staff has connections to the state of Virginia. Head Coach Kevin Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy for over a decade, and is a native of Lynchburg. Assistant Coach James Johnson is a native of Powhatan, Virginia, and coached at Longwood College, Hargrave Military Academy, George Mason and Virginia Tech, which are all in the Commonwealth. Assistant Takayo Siddle played for, and served as a coach with Keatts at Hargrave. Assistant Roy Roberson coached 20+ years in the state of Virginia.
NC State has made Wheeler a top priority in 2021.
Wheeler also holds offers from Georgetown, VCU, Wake Forest and ODU.
Keatts Watched 4-Star F Dontrez Styles This Week
NC State head coach Kevin Keatts watched 4-Star 2021 Forward Dontrez Styles (6’7″/205) on Tuesday night.
BREAKING: N.C. State basketball coach Kevin Keatts will be in attendance at tonight's Washington-Kinston game to watch Dontrez Styles (@D_styles4) play for the Vikings. Come on out and see two undefeated teams AND the Wolfpack coach! @PackAthletics @TheWolfpacker
— Bryan Hanks (@BCHanks) December 10, 2019
The Wolfpack offered Styles back on July 16th.
Styles is listed as a Small Forward by 247Sports, and a Power Forward by Rivals. 247Sports ranks him as the #105 overall player in the nation, the #25 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Rivals ranks him as the #78 overall player in the nation, and the #20 Power Forward.
He also holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Clemson, DePaul, St. John’s, VCU and others.
Styles plays for Kinston High School, and is thankful that Keatts was at his game.
Kinston's Dontrez Styles on Kevin Keatts at his game last night, "I love everything about NC State, great program and coaching staff. It means a lot to see them at my game."
— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) December 12, 2019
NC State Commits Nick Farrar & Shakeel Moore Pick up 4th Star at ESPN
ESPN really likes NC State’s 2020 Men’s Basketball recruiting class, which they rank 7th nationally.
They have recently upgraded Wolfpack signees Forward Nick Farrar and Guard Shakeel Moore to 4-Star prospects, which means that ESPN now ranks ALL 5 of NC State’s signees as 4-star prospects now.
As you can see above, according to ESPN’s rankings, NC State has signed the #3, #4, #5, and #6 players in the state of North Carolina.
What you can’t see above is that ESPN also ranks Center Ebenezer Dowuona as a 4-Star prospect, and the #10 player in the state of Georgia.
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