Yesterday the Adidas Nations event began out in Los Angeles, and many NC State basketball recruiting targets are a part of the event. Here is an explanation of what the Adidas Nations event is according to the official website:
At adidas Nations, the world’s top 18-and-under players are selected to seven regional teams -Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States (2016 and 2017/18). A multi-faceted international curriculum featuring NBA coaches and players, as well as current collegiate players acting as camp counselors, will provide invaluable insight and first-hand knowledge to the participants, illustrating the pressures, rigors and challenges that accompany the rise of any aspiring NBA star. (Official Site)
Here is a breakdown of how some of the NC State targets did last night in Pool Play.
2016 PF Edrice “Bam” Adebayo had 20 points (9-11 FG), 7 rebounds and 4 assists (2 TO) for 2016 USA Team Rose as they defeated Team Nations Select 138-69. 2016 PF Sacha Killeya-Jones had 15 points (5-11 FG), 5 rebounds, and 2 assists for Team Nations.
2016 PG Dennis Smith Jr. had 14 points (5-9 FG), 5 rebounds, and 5 assits for 2016 USA Team Wall in their 85-80 victory over Team Latin America.
2017 G Trevon Duvall had 17 points (8-9 FG), 7 rebounds, and 5 assists (7 TO) in 2017 USA Team Lillard’s 102-92 victory over 2017 USA Team Noah. 2017 F Xavier Tillman had 6 points (3-5 FG) and 7 rebounds for Team Lillard.
Dennis Smith Jr. and Team Wall play Team Africa this morning in Game 1 at 10:15 AM (PST)
Trevon Duvall & Xavier Tillman’s Team Lillard will play Sacha Killeya-Jones’ Team Nations in Game 1 at 10:15 AM (PST)
Bam Adebayo’s Team Rose will play Team Asia Pacific in Game 1 at 10:15 AM (PST)
Sacha Killeya Jones’ Team Nations will play Team Latin America in Game 2 at 7:30 PM (PST)
Trevon Duvall & Xavier Tillman’s Team Lillard will play Team Asia Pacific in Game 2 at 7:30 PM (PST)
Dennis Smith Jr.’s Team Wall will play Team Canada in Game 2 at 7:30 PM (PST)
NC State’s Cat Barber and Malik Abu are serving as two of the camp counselors at Adidas Nations. I’m sure the high school recruits appreciate it, and I’m also sure it can’t hurt NC State’s recruiting presence with many of these players.
NC State junior Anthony Barber and sophomore Abdul-Malik Abu have been invited to be counselors at @adidasnations in Long Beach, Calif.
— The Wolfpacker (@TheWolfpacker) July 31, 2015
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.
Top-25 2024 SG Paul McNeil is Taking an Official Visit to NC State Next Weekend
2024 4-Star Shooting Guard Paul McNeil (6’6″/185) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State next weekend.
I’m grateful to announce I will be taking an official visit to North Carolina State University this upcoming weekend. This is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to spending time with Coach Keatts and the program. @PackMensBball @NCStateRivals
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) February 12, 2023
ESPN ranks McNeil as the #17 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. I don’t understand how recruiting databases work, but at some point this year he will be a 5-star player according to ESPN as long as he stays in the Top-25.
McNeil plays for Richmond Senior in Rockingham, North Carolina.
This is huge for NC State to get a player of McNeil’s caliber to come in for an Official Visit this early in the process.
@ProlificPrep @thegrindsession pic.twitter.com/i7mfsLZ4jN
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) November 14, 2022
4-Star G Austin Swartz Picks Up an Offer from NC State on Visit
4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Austin Swartz (6’5″/180) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday, and he left with a scholarship offer.
2024 Cannon (NC) guard Austin Swartz will be on unofficial to NC State tonight as the Pack host Duke.
— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) January 4, 2023
I am blessed to receive an Offer from NC State🖤❤️ pic.twitter.com/CePMaPQPz7
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) January 5, 2023
Swartz plays for Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina. ON3 ranks him as the #65 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #7 player in the state of North Carolina.
He already holds offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Houston and others.
Beginning of Junior Season pic.twitter.com/6BiDwYaNDU
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) December 5, 2022
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end of summer UAA highlights! pic.twitter.com/TJ5Znpsdus
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) August 16, 2022
UAA Session lll highlights pic.twitter.com/ek9blclwTY
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) July 12, 2022
Bam had an incredible open court, windmill dunk.