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The NC State coaches have been busy during this Recruiting Period, and they haven’t just been focusing on the near future.  They obviously visited with 2016 NC State commit Dennis Smith Jr. and 2016 Power Forward target Bam Adebayo by helicopter, and also visited 2016 Center Udoka Azubuike.  A lot of their attention has been turned to the 2017, 2018, and 2019 recruiting classes.  It is important to get out there early and build a relationship with these young prospects.  Don’t forget that NC State was the first school to offer Dennis Smith Jr. when he was a Sophomore.  Being the first on the scene can play a big role in a players eventual college decision.

Here is a breakdown of some of the recruiting targets that the Wolfpack staff will be checking out in the near future.

2017 Nicholas Claxton

Claxton (6’10”) is a 3-star Power Forward prospect out of Legacy Charter (Greenville, South Carolina).  He has flown under the radar up to this point, but has picked up offers from Temple, Southern California, and Murray St. this month.  South Carolina, Texas, and Baylor are some of the other schools that have expressed interest in Claxton.

2018 Kris Monroe

This summer 6’7″ Forward Kris Monroe reclassified to the 2018 class.  He played for South Granville High School last season (Creedmoor, North Carolina) and averaged 22 points and 11 points for them last year.  This year he has transferred to play at St. David’s School right in NC State’s backyard in Raleigh.  Monroe picked up an offer from UNC Greensboro this summer.

3 Westlake High School (GA) Prospects

Chuma Okeke (6’7″/205) is 4-star 2017 Small Forward who holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and others.  He currently doesn’t hold a Wolfpack offer.

Daniel Lewis (6’4″/170) is a 3-star Shooting Guard who holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Xavier.

Jamie Lewis (6’2″/180) is a Point Guard in the 2018 class.  He currently ranks 47th in the Future150.

2019 Wendell Moore

The Future150 ranks Moore as the #6 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class.  The Shooting Guard out of Cox Mill High School (Concord, North Carolina) also has unofficial visits scheduled for Kentucky and Tennessee in the near future.  Moore is receiving attention from some of the top basketball programs in the country.  USAToday wrote an article back in January posing the question: “Is Wendell Moore the best 13-year old hooper since Andrew Wiggins?”  Coach Gottfried won’t be the only ACC coach trying to keep his talent in state.

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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WATCH: NC State Signee Paul McNeil Drops 50 & 17 Against First Flight



NC State 2024 4-star signee Paul McNeil had himself a night, posting an insane double-double, scoring 50 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in Richmond County’s 90-45 dismantling of First Flight last night.

McNeil was 21 of 32 from the field, and 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Let’s not forget to note that he also led his team in assists, with 4.

ESPN ranks McNeil as the #57 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and ON3 ranks him as the #6 player in the state of North Carolina.


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2024 NC State Commit Trey Parker Finishes 2nd in OTE Dunk Contest



Dunk contests don’t really mean anything, but Trey Parker, NC State’s 2024 shooting guard commit makes them pretty entertaining.

Just last week he finished 2nd in the OTE Dunk Contest (video above), after winning it last year with this dunk over two 7-footers.

Parker was supposed to be a freshman this year at NC State, but he reclassified into the 2024 class, meaning if all goes according to plan, he’ll be here next year.

And if you think this kid is just about dunking, then you missed his performance last year against the #1 ranked PG Robert Dillingham, where he dropped 18 pts and dished out 4 assists in the win. We had an in-depth write-up on the game right after it happened. Check it out.

While the focus should be on this years team, it’s never too early to get excited about a commit that’s putting together highlight reels like this.

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NC State Hosted 3 Basketball Recruits this Past Weekend



The NC State Men’s Basketball team hosted 3 recruits this past weekend: 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery, 4-Star 2025 Small Forward AJ White and 3-Star 2024 Center Chol Machot.

I confirmed with all three players that they were on NC State’s campus for an unofficial visit.

On September 12, NC State offered 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery (6’1″/175) out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He already holds offers from TCU, SMU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, St. Louis, Wichita St, ECU and Virginia Tech. Rivals ranks Lowery as the #110 overall player nationally, and ON3 ranks him as the #9 player in the state of North Carolina. Lowery was also in for an unofficial visit to NC State earlier in September as well.

The Wolfpack coaches were in to visit 4-Star 2025 Small Forward AJ White (6’8″/180) out of Charlotte, North Carolina in the middle of September. Rivals ranks White as the #28 overall player nationally in 2025, and he is the consensus #1 player in the state. White holds offers from NC State, South Carolina, Cincy, Texas, Syracuse, Georgia, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Mississippi St., LSU, FSU, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgetown, Ohio St. and others.

The NC State coaching staff was into see Machot (7’0″), and his teammate Lowery in the middle of September. ON3 ranks Machot as a 3-star prospect, and the #14 player in the state of North Carolina.


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Kendre Harrison Breaks Down What it Means to be Offered by NC State in 2 Sports



NC State is trying to reel in a Legacy Recruit in 2026 Tight End/Power Forward Kendre Harrison. Harrison is the nephew of former Wolfpack guard, C.C. Harrison.

Harrison is a unicorn. The young sensation out of Reidsville High School (Reidsville, NC), is a 4-star prospect in both football and basketball. In fact, he’s on track to be a 5-star prospect in both sports, which is unheard of.

In regards to football, Harrison is the #5 overall player nationally in the 2026 class according to 247Sports, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina (Reidsville High School). In basketball, he ranks 20th overall nationally according to ESPN, the #5 Power Forward, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina.

The #1 player in the state of North Carolina in both sports in 2026.

NC State offered him in football back in January, and he was offered by the basketball team back on September 16th.

I checked in with Harrison to see what it meant to him to be offered in both football and basketball by NC State, and what it was like to visit a few weeks back for the VMI game and watch the basketball team practice.

“It means a lot to be offered in both sports, knowing I can make a difference in the program.”

Harrison made it clear that he intends to play both sports at the next level. He doesn’t find it to be a balancing act at all, playing both basketball and football.

I just have to remember how bad I want it and what my end goal is. I have to remember that I’m doing this for my mom and family.

Harrison enjoyed every aspect of his time on NC State’s campus a few weeks back.

It was a great experience. I loved how the coaches coached basketball and football. I just loved everything about the visit.

Uncle C.C. is a hero of Kendre’s, and he has learned so much from him, on the court, and off the court.

He has taught me a lot of things about basketball and outside of basketball, especially throughout my recruitment process.


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