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Here is our VIDEO of NC State Forward Lennard Freeman talking with the media yesterday at Media Day. Quotes below.

“I’m back now.  I’m not 100% back, but I’m out there playing pick-up and stuff.  I’m almost 100%.”

On projected return…

“I’m on the court now.  In two or three more weeks I should be right back to normal where I left off at.  Beginning of November I should be at 100%.  No pain or anything.”

On how the injury happened…

“It started mid-February.  I felt it in my shin, but I didn’t know exactly what it was.  I’m tough so I played through it.  I thought it would just be a temporary thing, but a week went past and it was still there.  Then I started to feel it in practice.  Every time I jumped it hurt.  I talked to Ryan and we got an X-ray.  With the first X-ray the doctors didn’t get the right picture, and they didn’t see the crack.  He didn’t think anything was wrong, so I just kept on going and it was hurting more.  Then I got an X-ray on the right spot, and they saw the crack.  Then they said lets just try to finish strong, and ice it and put a pad on it towards the end of the year when we got to tournament time.  We knew we only had a couple more games left.  Once the season was over, I immediately sat down and got surgery.”

On the recovery process…

“It was crazy.  For about a month BeeJay (Anya) had to help me get in and out of bed.  I couldn’t drive.  I couldn’t do anything.  Everything I did I had to have a person there to help me.  It was like that for a month, and then I got off of my crutches, and then the boot.”

On this being his first major injury…

“I’ve rolled a couple of ankles, but this is the first time I’ve had to have surgery.”

On dealing with this mentally…

“I just did what I could.   I knew I couldn’t go out there and run, so I would just go out there and shot free throws.  Everyday I would go in there and shoot free throws or ride the bike.  Right after surgery it was hard because I couldn’t do anything.  I had to stay in bed and watch my teammates practice.  That was hard, but now that I’m back on the court you don’t take anything for granted.  You remember for the last three or four months not being able to touch a football, so I’m just glad to be back.”

On shooting free throws…

“Coach Lutz was talking about it in practice.  I have been shooting them 82% in practice on the free throws we charted.  That’s all I’ve been doing.  That’s one thing I was allowed to do, and it was something I was going to work on anyway in the summer, and then with me being hurt, and that being the only thing I could do, I’m glad, because I hope to see a big ‘ol improvement in my free throws.”

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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NC State’s DJ Horne Named to Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team



NC State’s DJ Horne played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team.



In 3 games, Horne averaged 14.3 points, shooting 41.5% from the field, and 30% from three.

Horne’s Portsmouth Partnership team made it to the finals, but lost to Jani-King 68-75.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual pre-draft camp that has been showcasing College Seniors to professional scouts since 1953.

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NC State Has Shown Interest in Utah Guard Transfer Deivon Smith



NC State has reached out to Utah Transfer Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/173).

Smith filled up the stat sheet every game this year, averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds, shooting 46.7% from the field and 40.8% from three for Utah. He earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention this season. Smith had 8 double-doubles and 1 triple-double this year.

Wherever Smith lands, this will be his 4th college. He started at Mississippi St., starting in 8 of the 33 games he played in, averaging 22.5 minutes per game. Smith went on to spend his next two seasons at Georgia Tech. Year 1 in Atlanta, Smith started in 5 of the 24 games he played in, averaging 19.7 minutes per game. In Year 2, he carved out more of a role, starting in 13 of the 24 games he played in for the Yellow Jackets, averaging a career high 24.8 minutes per game.

At Utah this year, Smith broke out and had a career year in every possible way.

NC State is familiar with Smith, offering him back when he was a 4-Star prospect out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. Rivals ranked Smith as the #53 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #5 player in the state of Georgia. 247Sports ranked him as the #11 Point Guard in his class.


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NC State has Dominated UNC in Athletics in 2023-24



After NC State clinched a series victory over UNC last night in Baseball, I thought it would be a good time to relish in how the Wolfpack has dominated the Tar Heels Athletic Program as a whole in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack Baseball team has won the first two games in the series against the Tar Heels, clinching a series victory over UNC for the first time since 2021. It marks the first time NC State has won a series against the Tar Heels in Raleigh since 2016.

NC State defeated UNC in Volleyball 3-1, winning in Chapel Hill for the first time in 25 years. The Tar Heels had won the last 5 matches against the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 39-20 in Football in Carter-Finley Stadium. It marked the 3rd consecutive win over UNC.

NC State lost both regular season games to UNC in Men’s Basketball, but when it mattered most, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game 84-76, winning their first title since 1987.

The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team lost to their rival in Chapel Hill, but defeated UNC 63-59 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.

In Gymnastics, NC State defeated UNC 196.725-194.925 in Raleigh. This marked the 3rd straight victory for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels.

NC State’s Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams both beat UNC. The Men won 258-93, and the Women won 196-157.

The Wolfpack Wrestling team defeated UNC 33-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 11 straight Duals against the Tar Heels.

The NC State Men’s Tennis team defeated UNC 4-0, winning against their rival in back-to-back years.

The Wolfpack Women’s Tennis team has defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on two occasions thus far this season, and will face their rival again today.

The Cross Country teams didn’t have individual meets against UNC, but the Women obviously beat them, because they won the ACC Championship. The Men didn’t, finishing 8th in the Conference, with the Tar Heels finishing 1st.

The only other NC State athletic team that didn’t taste victory against UNC this year was the Women’s Soccer team, losing 0-4 in Raleigh.

Of course, each of these NC State athletic teams has much higher goals than just beating their rival, but there’s no denying how sweet it is to beat the Tar Heels.

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James is Currently Visiting NC State



Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200) is on a visit to NC State currently, according to a source.

Indiana State Transfer Ryan Conwell was on campus last week, but he just committed to Xavier.

From what I hear, the staff preferred James over Connell anyway. A plus with James is he has 2 years of eligibility, whereas Conwell has 1.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

Rivals ranked James as the #71 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, and ESPN ranked him as the #7 prospect in the state of Florida.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years. This year, he averaged 12.6 points and 5 rebounds.

For a more extensive look at James’ game, click here.

Rivals ranks James as the #77 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

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