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At their first meeting NC State got absolutely toasted by Allen to the tune of 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Most of his points came off of one action…the elbow hand-off/screen. When looking at Allen I see a kid who has lots of physical gifts: strong, quick first step, an ability to elevate over defenders (ask BeeJay). When watching the tape on Allen and the way he got his baskets, it confirmed a couple of things…State is awful at defending ball screens and dribble hand-offs. This is troubling because our guys see this action constantly as Gottfried’s offensive scheme uses some of the exact actions that Duke uses for Allen.

What can State do to slow Allen down?

Sell out on the hand-off…

All too often the NC State big men do not guard anyone (I know for all that have watched State play this season it is not anything new) BUT this has got to change if the Wolfpack stands any chance tomorrow.  More times than not, Allen gets his hand-off from Plumlee who is not a threat offensively, especially in the area that the action takes place, this means that Abu or Anya need to hedge hard to keep Allen from turning the corner. There is no reason to hang onto Plumlee 17 feet from the basket!

Play off and bait him into contested jump shots…

Another reason Grayson was able to turn the corner is because whoever was defending him on the perimeter did not give him enough space. Yes, you want to pressure him but he is deceptively quick and can blow by defenders with ease. Cody Martin will get the assignment again and he needs to leverage his length more to his favor, last time out he allowed Allen to get into his body which knocked him completely off balance rendering him useless. If State can coax Allen into settling for long twos and threes they can have success. The type of players that Allen has struggled against are the long athletic wings, Cody fits this bill, but he has to take away the paint and put together his best defensive performance to date.

Summary…

Duke does a great job at putting Allen in good spots to use his strengths, he loves to attack the paint and most of the action Duke runs is to create that opportunity. The dribble hand-off is a tough play to defend, especially giving the size of the screener and the Blue Devils’ ability to space a team with its perimeter shooting. State needs to take away the corner when Allen flies off Plumlee, that will mean Abu and Anya have to step out to force Allen towards the sideline. If State can disrupt this action then they will stand a chance tomorrow afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Oh and go at him on the other end! If State can get Allen into foul trouble which he is prone to, then that would be the best way to stop him.

Highlights of Allen last time out versus the Pack…

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wolfpack74
8 years ago

Good job Freeman.  Please leave early.  Fouling Ingram changed the game turning into a five point play and ending any chance for State.  Please leave.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

I hate this Allen kid.  He is the best in the ACC and he knows it.  No way for State to stop him or the other Dukies.  2-9 and put Gott on the hot seat for next year.

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross announced today that he is entering the Transfer Portal.

 

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Ross played in 14 games this year, 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. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in the 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.

Ross has one more year of eligibility remaining.

NC State has 3 scholarships available now.

Best of luck Ernest!

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What did the Wolfpack’s Incredible Run to the Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Chris Corchiani?

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What did NC State’s miraculous run to the ACC Championship and Final Four mean to Wolfpack legend Chris Corchiani? I caught up with the man who is still NC State’s all-time leader in Assists and Steals to get his take.

What was it like for you watching NC State go from the #10 seed in the ACC Tournament, to winning the Championship, to going to the Final Four?

Man, it was unreal. They caught lightning in a bottle and it was an absolute amazing run. They were a mediocre team all year that turned into a feared team that nobody wanted to play! To win the ACC championship in 5 days and to get to Final Four…..Wow!!

What did this run say about Kevin Keatts and these players? In what ways did you see them adapt, change or persevere?

Keatts received a lot of criticism for 7 years and after this run is deserving of great praise. I think shortening the lineup to 7-8 guys and doing away with the full court press and playing solid half court defense was a great move that obviously paid huge dividends. He also kept this team together which was not easy as they lost last 7-9 going into the. postseason. The guys also grew confident in their roles and played possessed!

As one of the best players to ever wear the Red & White, what did this run mean to you personally?

This run was something I have dreamed about happening and the fact it was so unexpected made it so much sweeter! To see the students, alums, boosters, and fans get what we all have been waiting for was the best!

What was the most memorable moment for you?

Most memorable for me was going to Final Four with my family and enjoying catching up with old friends, boosters, friends and teammates!

How do you think this run can change things for the NC State Basketball program going forward?

This run gives us momentum in so many ways. Listen, this was good not only for our hoops team but for our University! Hopefully our recruiting will take a big step forward with kids wanting to run with the Pack! A month of free advertising should be Huge for the future of our Men’s and Women’s basketball programs!

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When NC State legend Chris Corchiani left NC State, he not only held the school’s record for career Assists and Steals, but he also was career leader in ACC conference history. His 40.8% career Three-Point Percentage ranks 7th in school history. Corchiani was the first player in NCAA history to have 1,000+ career assists.

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw Puts in a Prediction Georgetown SF Transfer Dontrez Styles will Land at NC State

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw put in an RPM earlier today for Georgetown Small Forward Transfer Dontrez Styles to land at NC State. All-time, Shaw’s prediction accuracy is 87%.

I spoke with a source, and it seems like this prediction has some merit.

ON3 ranks Styles as the #66 overall prospect in the Portal.

Styles was the 2nd leading scorer for Georgetown this season, averaging 12.8 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards. He shot 36.8% from three.

Originally, Sytles was a consensus 4-Star prospect in UNC’s 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #62 overall player nationally, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Kinston High School.

After two seasons with the Tar Heels, Styles entered the Portal, and took an Official Visit to NC State and Georgetown, and ultimately chose the Hoyas.

With his final year of eligibility, maybe he’ll make the right choice this time.

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Tennessee Guard Freddie Dilione V is Visiting NC State Tomorrow

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Tennessee Transfer Guard Freddie Dilone V (6’5″/195) is visiting NC State tomorrow.

Dilone V just wrapped up his Redshirt Freshman season with the Volunteers, averaging 1.7 points in 5.2 minutes of play per game (18 games).

In 2022, Dilone V was a consensus 4-Star prospect, and the #33 overall prospect nationally according to Rivals. ON3 and 247Sports both ranked Dilone V as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina, playing right down the road at Word of God Academy in Raleigh.

Currently, 247Sports ranks Dilone V as the #71 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #10 Combo Guard. He played his first three seasons of high school ball down in Fayetteville at Trinity Christian.

Dilone V has 3 more years of eligibility.

 

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