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According to Jon Rothstein of CBS, NC State will meet with Kevin Keatts today, calling the ‘primary candidate’ to fill the coaching vacancy.

Say what you want, but if NC State offers Keatts then it means that Archie Miller said no. Miller is the #1 option for NC State per just about every source we’ve spoken to. So either Miller said no through backchannels or NC State is basically interviewing Keatts and waiting for Dayton to lose, at which point they will speak to Miller.

Keatts checks a lot of boxes that NC State is looking for, however, one (and we think it is the biggest one) is not checked. Keatts is a proven assistant and a proven recruiter, but if NC State is looking for proven success at a competitive level, they won’t get it with Keatts. We’re not saying he can’t do it, we’re just saying hiring him would be taking some true risk. Winning at UNCW is great and he really turned that program around, but that is the colonial conference. Keatts has yet to even beat a top 50 RPI team, in fact, he hasn’t beaten a single team coming from a power 5 conference.

So the intangibles are there for Keatts, but he’s far from being a sure home-run hire for NC State (if that is the route they go). Rothstein saying Keatts is the ‘primary candidate’ means NC State likely missed on a few before coming to that conclusion.

What this likely means, however, is that Keatts is above Wade on NC State’s list of options.

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Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

I would rather we hire Bob Lutz over Keatts. There I said it.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

There’s really only 1 guy that will bring the Pack back into dominance. That is Marshall. If our AD was smart she would play to Marshall’s ego. He already makes too much money and won’t see much more unless he goes NBA. So offer to match his salary and talk him into competing with the best in the ACC/Triangle and then becoming the big dog as his neighbors retire.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

This is what happens when an AD bungles the previous search. She doesn’t want a repeat and then settles for a sure hire. I said all along I like Holtmann. Never been a fan of Archie. We should have been talking to Holtmann’s people all along. Keats has what… 1 year of HC experience at a mid-major level? Come on man.

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill is on a Visit to NC State

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill (6’4″/185) confirmed with me that he is currently on a visit at NC State.

Hill averaged 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Falcons this season. He earned 1st Team All-MAC honors. Even though he was only at Bowling Green one season, he had one of the best seasons in school history, scoring 698 points, which ranks 5th all-time in program history for a single season.

For his first two years of collegiate ball, Hill played for Southern Union State College (JUCO) in Alabama. In 2022-23, Hill earned 3rd Team NJCAA All-American honors, and ranked as the #32 overall Junior College prospect.

247Sports ranks Hill as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #78 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #11 Shooting Guard.

According to a source, the NC State Coaching Staff is extremely high on Hill, and they are recruiting him as a Point Guard.

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.?

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.? The man who won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 gave me a statement.

It means a lot. It means a lot to the university, the state of North Carolina and a lot more to my dad, grandma, and myself. They have been NC State fans since forever, so their excitement level was though the roof when they saw BOTH of our basketball teams shining like that. It was a great feeling!

2017 was Smith Jr.’s only year of College ball, averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors, and obviously, he earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

DSJ was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Smith Jr. just wrapped up his 7th season in the NBA. This was his 1st season with Brooklyn, playing in 56 games for the Nets. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, averaging 18.9 minutes per contest.

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

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

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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

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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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