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NC State has a one-man 2016 recruiting class in 5-star Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr., and it’s currently ranked as the 12th best class according to Scout.  The question remains, who will the Wolfpack get to run with him?

From what we hear, and this can obviously change, the NC State coaches are looking to take a 3-man class in 2016 at the most.

Everyone knows that 5-star Power Forward Bam Adebayo is NC State’s next top priority.  Adebayo and Smith have been AAU teammates with Team Loaded, and have known each other since the 7th grade.  Smith told me that Bam was the first person he reached out to after he committed to run with the Wolfpack.  While the two of them have never guaranteed that they would be a package deal, they have never been shy about their desire to play together either.  Most recruiting analysts see Adebayo landing at NC State, and from everything I hear, that is a very strong likelihood.  Adebayo is expected to be at the Tailgate Tipoff on October 3rd before the Louisville game, and he is hoping to make his decision before his basketball season begins.

The real question is, who do the Wolfpack coaches want to be that third player?  When Dennis Smith Jr. committed, he said that he and the coaches wanted to get 5-star Power Forward Bam Adebayo, 5-star Combo Guard De’Aaron Fox, 5-Star Center Udoka Azubuike to join him.  Since that day, NC State has had an in-home visit with Fox and has been down to Florida to see Azubuike.  At this point, I think Fox knows that he can go somewhere else and shine brighter, and I also think that NC State feels good about where they stand with some of the top big men in the 2017 recruiting class.

With all that being said, the player that has had the Wolfpack coaches undivided attention has been 5-star Shooting Guard Rawle Alkins.  When Alkins stepped into the doors of Word of God Academy (Raleigh, NC) for his Senior Season, the Wolfpack coaches were practically waiting for him to arrive.  They have been to watch him workout twice since his arrival.

At this point, if the NC State coaches could dream up what they want their 2016 recruiting class to be, it would look like this:

PG – Dennis Smith Jr. (#4 overall/#1 PG)
SG – Rawle Alkins (#9 overall/#3 SG)
PF – Bam Adebayo (#6 overall/#2 PF)

I think the Wolfpack fans could live with that dream.

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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4-Star G/F Bryce Heard Begins His NC State Official Visit Today

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4-Star 2025 Guard/Forward Bryce Heard (6’5″/170) will begin his Official Visit at NC State today.

247Sports, ESPN and Rivals all rank Heard as a 4-Star prospect. ESPN ranks him as the #92 overall player nationally in the 2025 recruiting class. 247Sports ranks him as the #16 Combo Guard in the class, and they also rank him as the #2 player in the state of Illinois.

As a Junior this past season at Homewood-Flossmoor (Chicago, Illinois), Heard averaged 19 point, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

NC State offered Heard back on September 22nd last Fall, and he also holds offers from Oklahoma St., Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Illinois, Georgetown, Arizona St., St. John’s, Kansas St., USC, Boston College, SMU, Xavier, Iowa, BYU and others.

 

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NC State Offers 4-Star Guard Davion Hannah

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NC State has offered a scholarship to 4-Star 2025 Guard Davion Hannah (6’5″/180).

Hannah is right on the cusp of being a 5-star prospect. 247Sports ranks him as the #27 overall player nationally in the 2025 recruiting class, the #4 Combo Guard, and the #1 player in the state of Wisconsin.

On top of the offer from NC State, he also holds offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Michigan St., Marquette, Oregon, Arizona St., Mississippi St., LSU, Wake Forest, Iowa, Auburn, Xavier, Alabama, Seton Hall, Creighton, Pitt and others.

This past season as a Junior at Nicolet High School (Glendale, Wisconsin), Hannah averaged 18.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. He also just participated in the NBA Top 100 camp, and was one of the standouts.

 

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Pack fans going to love the addition of 2025 4-star SG RJ Greer

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As you’ve probably heard, Top-100 SG, RJ Greer, announced his commitment to NC State yesterday.

The 2025, 6’4 guard is exactly the piece that NC State fans have been clamoring for Keatts to add.

Greer is 6’4 (and maybe still growing), is starting to fill out his frame, and is a pure shooter with great form, high IQ and comes from a winning program. This past year he led his HS team to the D2 State Title, earning a bunch of accolades along the way. Adding to that, Greer’s father is Ricardo Greer, former Pitt forward who averaged 15ppg over his college career.

RJ Greer was named District 15 Underclassman of the year, D2 All Southwest Ohio First Team, and All Ohio Second Team. He was recruited heavily by Cincinnati, Florda and Dayton, but chose NC State thanks to the freedom Keatts gives his guards.

Greer is an elite spot shooter, but he’s also able to create for himself on occasion. He’s the most ‘Scott Wood’ recruit NC State has landed since the prolific 3-pt shooter left the Pack in 2013.

With Greer and Paul McNeil (who will be a sophomore when Greer arrives), NC State will have some tall, long, dead-eye shooters roaming around the preimeter next season, and that’s something NC State fans have been very vocal about wanting over the past 10 years.

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4-Star Shooting Guard RJ Greer Commits to NC State!

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NC State just landed their 1st Men’s Basketball commitment of the 2025 recruiting class, with 4-Star Shooting Guard RJ Greer (6’4″/170) announcing his verbal commitment this afternoon.

 

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Greer’s announcement is coming off of his Official Visit to Raleigh this past weekend. He chose to Run with the Wolfpack over a Top-4 that included NC State, Penn State, Cincinnati and the NBL.

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.

247Sports ranks Greer as the #100 overall player nationally in the 2025 recruiting class, and the #3 player in the state of Ohio.

 

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