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Yesterday was Day 8 of the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, and four former NC State basketball players were in action, playing their final consolation game.

Two former NC State players started for the Timberwolves in their 73-78 loss to the Cavs.

Lorenzo Brown finished the Summer League strong with a 19 point(8-15 FG) performance. He also gathered 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. I think Zo’s five game stretch in the Summer League are enough to solidify his spot on an NBA roster, even if the Timberwolves don’t pick up his contract for this year.

Summer League Stats in 5 Summer League Games:

14.2 points (52.1 FG%)/3.2 rebounds/3.2 assists/1.6 steals

C.J. Williams started his third game for the Timberwolves, and had 5 points (2-4 FG) and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes.

Summer League Stats in 4 Summer League Games:

4.8 points (38.1 FG%)

C.J. Leslie played 5 minutes for the Kings in their 73-68 win over the Heat in their consolation game. He failed to score (0-4 FG) and grabbed one rebound.

Summer League Stats in 5 Summer League Games:

3.4 points (31.8 FG%) & 2 rebounds

Trevor Lacey failed to score in his 12 minutes of play in the Cavs 78-73 victory over the T-Wolves, but did manage to grab 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

Summer League Stats in 5 Summer League Games:

4.6 points (33.3 FG%) & 2.2 rebounds

 

Today’s Schedule

TJ Warren and the Suns play the Bulla tonight in the Quarterfinals.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Former NC State G Terquavion Smith Earns a Spot on the 2023-23 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team

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Former NC State Guard Terquavion Smith earned a spot on the 2023-24 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team.

Smith averaged 22.3 points, 3.4 assists and 3 rebounds per game for the Delaware Blue Coats. What’s crazy, is that he only started in 3 of the 36 games he played in. With that being said, he averaged 30.7 minutes per game. Smith shot 35.6% from three.

As a 2-way player, Smith also played 16 games for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 3.3 points in 5.3 minutes per game. He shot 37.1% from three.

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NC State LB Payton Wilson Visited with the Steelers Yesterday

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Former NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson had a Top-30 visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. Wilson is the first Linebacker the Steelers have brought in.

Wilson has already had Top-30 visits with the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers.

PFF ranks Wilson as the #1 Linebacker in the 2024 Draft, and #26 on their Big Board.

1. LB PAYTON WILSONNC STATE

PFF BIG BOARD RANK: 26

Wilson has the length, movement ability, IQ and tape of a first-round linebacker. What will likely keep him from being drafted on Day 1 is his injury history and age. If healthy, he can be a starting inside linebacker in any defense. (PFF)

Will someone take Wilson in the 1st round? Will he be a 2nd round pick? If he slips past that, that’s just stupid.

 

 

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NC State’s DJ Horne Declares for the NBA Draft

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NC State Guard DJ Horne has officially declared for the 2024 NBA Draft.

 

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Horne is trying to become the first Wolfpack player to be drafted since Dennis Smith Jr. was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 6th pick in the 1st Round.

While Horne might not currently be projected to be drafted, he is trying to change that tune at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament which begins tomorrow.

Horne is a special player, and genuinely possesses the skill set to compete at the next level. Whether he is drafted, or signs a 2-way contract, what he put on tape this year warrants a chance.





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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is Receiving Interest from NFL Teams

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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is receiving interest from NFL teams. Thus far, those teams are the Rams, Chargers, 49ers, and Broncos.

Last season as a Senior, Jackson had 40 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 12 games for the Wolfpack. His Run Defense grade on PFF was 80.6, ranking 4th on the team.

According to current projections, Jackson projects to be taken on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft, or picked up as an Undrafted Free Agent.

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