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Last night Dennis Smith Jr. announced that he will be wearing the #4 when he arrives at NC State next year.

Smith will be the 13th NC State player to ever wear the #4 for the Wolfpack.

Dereck Whittenburg (80-83)
Spud Webb (84-85)
Mark Davis (92-95)
Ivan Wagner (96)
Carl Lentz (99)
Michael Bell (01)
Dovonte Edwards (02)
Mike O’Donnell (04)
Will Roach (05)
Courtney Fells (06-09)
Enrico Kufuor (10-11)
Chris Brickhouse (14-15)

The two most notable names on this list are Dereck Whittenburg and Spud Webb.

Dereck Whittenburg scored 1,272 career points as a member of the Wolfpack and ranks 2nd in NC State history in career 3-point shooting percentage (47.6%).  He was named to the 2nd Team All-ACC team in 1982 and was also named to the All ACC-Tournament 2nd Team.  In 1983, when the Cardiac Pack won the NCAA championship, Whittenburg was named to the All-Regional and All-NCAA Finals teams.  Whittenburg’s honored jersey that hangs in the rafters is the #25, but he also wore the #4 prior to that.  He currently is the Director of Player Development for the NC State Men’s Basketball Team.

After playing his first two seasons at Midland College, Spud Webb transferred to play his final two seasons at NC State.  In two seasons with the Wolfpack, Webb averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 assists per game.  He was named to the All ACC-Tournament 2nd Team and the NCAA All-Regional Team in 1985.  Webb went on to be drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 4th round of the 1985 NBA Draft with the 87th overall pick.  He had a 12-year NBA career, tallying 8,072 points and 4,342 assists over his career.

 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Offers Top-10 Forward Nate Ament

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NC State was in to watch 2025 Forward Nate Ament (6’8″/170) last week with Team Loaded on the Adidas AAU circuit, and the Wolfpack extended him a scholarship offer on the 20th.

Ament is a consensus Top-40 player in the 2025 recruiting class, with ON3 ranking him 10th overall. Rivals and ON3 both rank him as a 5-star player, and he is the consensus #1 player in the state of Virginia in his class.

He plays for Highland High School in Manassas, Virginia, where he averaged 19.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.7 assists per game last season.

Ament’s offer sheet is insane, holding offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Iowa, Wake Forest, Virginia, Pitt, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss, FSU, Alabama, Texas and others.

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NC State Offers 3-Star Small Forward Ryan Frost

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3-Star 2025 Small Forward Ryder Frost (6’6″/205) has received an offer from NC State.

247Sports ranks Frost as a 3-Star prospect, while the other databases have him as unranked (Rivals), or unlisted (ESPN & ON3). 247 ranks him as the #5 overall player in the state of Massachusetts in the 2025 recruiting class.

When it’s all said and done, I don’t expect Frost to be an unranked or unrated prospect by any database. He has been averaging 15 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Middlesex Magic in AAU ball in the Under Armour circuit this Spring, shooting 43% from three.

Sometimes everything can change in one day. Yesterday, after picking up an offer from Syracuse, Frost also picked up offers from Nebraska, Minnesota, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Prior to yesterday, Frost also held offers from West Virginia, Iowa, Penn State and others.

Frost looks to be one of the best three-point shooters in the nation in the 2025 recruiting class. He plays High School ball for Phillips Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Here’s a look at some highlights from his recent AAU circuit.

 

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Here’s a look at Frost’s Junior Highlights at Exeter, where he helped lead them to the state title. He was named the Player of the Year in New Hampshire, averaging 21.6 point and 7.7 rebounds per game, shooting 44 percent from three, making 201 from beyond the arc.

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4-Star Shooting Guard RJ Greer is Taking an Official Visit to NC State in Early June

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4-Star 2025 Shooting Guard RJ Greer (6’4″/170) confirmed with me that he will be taking an Official Visit to NC State on June 6-8.

Back on January 4th, Greer included NC State in his Top-4 along with Penn State, Cincinnati and the NBL. He also holds offers from Pitt, Xavier, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and others.

Greer has taken an unofficial visit to NC State previously.

This past season, Greer led his Archbishop Alter (Dayton, Ohio) to the state championship, and earned 2nd Team All-State honors. Greer averaged 16 points per game as a Junior.

 

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2025 4-Star SF Jackson Keith was at the NC State vs. UNC Game

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Earlier today, I mentioned Wolfpack prospects 4-Star 2025 Power Forward Sadiq White Jr., 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery, and 2026 Point Guard Kobe Edwards would be visiting for the NC State vs. UNC game.

4-Star 2025 Small Forward Jackson Keith (6’5″/175) was also in attendance.


Keith is a consensus 4-star prospect in the 2025 recruiting class, with Rivals ranking him as the #53 overall player in the class. The Southern High (Durham, NC) standout is ranked as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 class by ESPN.

Keith holds offers from NC State, Wake Forest, Mississippi St., Illinois, SMU, Virginia Tech, LSU and others.

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