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NC State Wolfpack vs. Williams & Mary Tribe
8pm | Raleigh, NC | ESPN3

Notes:
This is NC State’s season opener. William & Mary actually has beaten NC State before. That was in 1952. The Tribe graduated their all-time leading scorer, Marcus Thornton, last season. However, they do return 4 starters.

Scouting report: 
As we stated, W&M has 4 starters coming back this season and 7 of their top 10 scorers. Omar Prewitt, Terry Tarpey, Daniel Dixon and Sean Sheldon combined for 43 points and 20 rebounds per game last year. Together, they’ve played 283 games, with 157 starts. The TLDR here is that they are experienced and they can score  (via the 3 ball.)

Their weakness:
W&M is not going to out-rebound anyone and their defense leaves much to be desired (allowed almost 80ppg last season). They are going to struggle to keep Cat Barber out of the lane and they are simply just not big enough to match up with the Pack. If they aren’t hitting from the outside, this could be a long night.

Keys for NC State:
State needs to control the tempo on offense and get good shots. A lot of that is going to fall on the shoulders of Cat Barber. The bigs should really have a big night offensively, with a lot of stat padding going on with rebound and put backs. On defense, the Pack really needs to make sure to keep close on the shooters. With their length you’d think this wouldn’t be a real issues, but last season they were not very good at closing out and contesting 3s. If they can funnel the Tribe’s guards into the lane, then Beejay and company can take it from there. This should be a good tune-up for Gottfried’s group.

 

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Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

wormncsu Yeah but Henderson looked like crap out there before he got hurt. Looked like someone who has never been in a college game. I know it’s just one game but they looked so horrible in all facets of the game it’s hard to have much enthusiasm for this team. They got out-hustled for much of the game, out rebounded, didn’t know how to cover a switch, shots were mostly forced and not setup, turned the ball over. I could go on and on. There were very few bright spots. I thought coach gave the green light to Rowan and… Read more »

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

wolfpack74 You have to give credit to Caleb as well. He seemed to be the only one that came to play much of the game. Abu was okay but settled for too many long jumpers.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

Wolfer96 If he doesn’t bring BAM BAM and Alkins, it won’t  matter.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

I told you guys how bad this team was going to be.  Only Wolfer96 has a open mind.  Barber sucks, big men can’t score (except Abu), everyone else playing roles that they are not accustom to playing.  I never thought that I would say this this early.  Bring on baseball.

wormncsu
wormncsu
8 years ago

It is discouraging but let’s not throw gott under the bus. Taking us to NCAA four straight years and two sweet 16. This team will have to find an identity and find it quickly. The team we played tonight was no push over the guys did not show up. Losing Henderson hurt as well.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

This is the crap that Gott puts together year 5? I have now lost all faith. Guess I’ll have to wait another season for Dennis to come show us what a real PG can do.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

How can 2 twins be so different? Caleb is doing it all out there and Cody is missing layups right under the basket.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

If only Caleb can get the others to play like they care. He’s single handedly keeping this team in the game.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

I hope someone took money to throw this game because it’s inexcusable otherwise. Cat Barber is the worst PG in the ACC at this moment.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

What is Cat even doing out there? He’s getting beat by his man, not driving to the hoop, not hitting 3’s.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

Caleb has the ugliest shot ever. Slowest release I’ve ever seen. He’s like the anti-StephCurry.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

Cat looks worse than the 1st half of last season. Anya made no progress. Team still can’t play defense at all.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

So far not so good. This is just embarrassing. These guys look like they never played together before.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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