Bracket play finally began last night at the Adidas Nations event out in Los Angeles. Yesterday afternoon I broke down how some of the NC State targets did yesterday morning in the AM session. Here is how they did in bracket play last night.
5-star 2016 PG Dennis Smith Jr. had 6 points (3-6 FG), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in 11 minutes of play in 2016 USA Team Wall’s 117-73 victory over 2017 USA Team Lillard. Smith only played 11 minutes because he had to leave the game due to a knee injury.
real life hope the bro good @Jhooper_3 pic.twitter.com/38Pvpxu0uq
— Caleb Christopher (@cechristopher5) August 3, 2015
4-star 2017 PF Xavier Tillman had 14 points (6-11 FG), 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks for Team Lillard and 5-star 2017 PG Trevon Duvall had 10 points (5-19 FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
4-star 2016 PF Sacha Killeya-Jones had 25 points (9-15 FG) and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes of play in Team Nations 81-92 loss to Team Canada.
5-star 2016 PF Bam Adebayo had 18 points (7-14 FG), 11 rebounds, and 3 steals in 2016 USA Team Rose’s 105-89 victory over Team Africa. 5-star 2016 SG Rawle Alkins had 28 points (11-18 FG), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals for Team Rose. 5-star 2017 SG Hamidou Diallo had 28 points (10-22 FG), 3 rebounds and 3 steals for Team Africa. 4-star 2016 PF Mamadi Diakite had 7 points (2-7 FG), 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks for Africa.
Both the third place game and the championship game will be broadcasted live on ESPNU today.
3rd Place Game – 2017 USA Team Lillard (Xavier Tillman & Trevon Duvall) vs. Team Africa (Hamidou Diallo & Mamadi Diakite) at 7pm (EST)
Championship Game – 2016 USA Team Rose (Bam Adebayo & Rawle Alkins) vs. 2016 USA Team Wall (Dennis Smith Jr.) at 9pm (EST)
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