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Blake Harris was all set to attend University of Washington this fall before a coaching change made him rethink his decision. After notifying them that he wanted out of his LOI, U of W released Harris yesterday.

This opened the door for Kevin Keatts to make his pitch. The 4-star point guard was a star at Raleigh’s Word of God Academy last season. Harris is a smooth guard with great scoring ability. However, while Harris did lead his high school team in scoring, he’s actually more known for his vision. His ability to control the defense with his eyes and deliver passes using his peripheral vision is something you don’t normally see from a high-scoring high school point guard.

Harris is ranked #99 overall on ESPN’s player rater and is the #20 PG in his class. This would be a very nice pick-up this late in the game for Keatts.

Note that LaVar Batts, a Charlotte kid who was committed to VCU, is also looking around and could be an option for Keatts. We’ll keep you posted.

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  1. Wolfer96

    March 24, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Hear we lost Thomas Allen. The only commit currently for next season. Wonder if Keatts targeting other guards over Allen or if Allen doesn’t like Keatt’s style of play?

  2. wolfpack74

    March 22, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    How many PG’s do we need? How about some good 3’s and 4’s assuming Y7 stays

    • Sundrop Drinker

      March 23, 2017 at 1:15 am

      We have 1 PG, so…. Yeah. We are full of 3’s and 4’s. Kirk and Mav are NOT 2’s, no matter what they are listed at. Neither are Dorn and Henderson, really, though Dorn may be closer to a 2. Then there is Allen coming in, who is a combo, and Newman. That’s it for guards, unless you count the walk-ons, one of which is Gott’s kid.

      • wolfpack74

        March 25, 2017 at 1:04 am

        The key word that I am assuming that you missed was “good”. We have had two consecutive McDonald All American point guards (Smith would have been there if not injured) and what has it done for this team’s record. May be time to concentrate on the olther positions.

        • Wolfer96

          March 25, 2017 at 7:18 pm

          The BIG question there is… was it the players of the coach? I think that will be largely answered next season when basically all of Gottfried’s guys are playing in Keatt’s system.

          • wolfpack74

            March 27, 2017 at 12:28 am

            Defense wins games. Take a look at South Carolina. The guys we have do not know how or will not play defense. Nothing is going to change, more of the same. Lights out, the party is and has been over.

          • Wolfer96

            March 27, 2017 at 3:16 am

            That’s always something ppl debate. Are the players just not good defenders or is the coach not employing a good defensive scheme or not prioritizing defense? I am concerned that Keatts’ teams ranked so poorly defensively against lesser competition. I’ll just wait and see the product next season before judging too harshly.

    • Wolfer96

      March 23, 2017 at 3:11 am

      Problem is this is pretty late into the recruiting cycle for this next season. So Keatts is probably working with a limited pool for 2017-2018. True test of his recruiting will be his classes 2-3 seasons from now.

  3. Wolfer96

    March 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I’ll tell you one thing about coach Keatts, he don’t waste no time trying to get settled in. He hits the ground running. Of course, when your pay goes from $700k to over $2 mil overnight, that will motivate you. Good signs so far.

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5-Star 2020 Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) has scheduled and Official Visit to NC State for the weekend of September 6th, which is the weekend the football team is hosting Western Carolina.

Hall has also scheduled an Official Visit to Louisville the week before.

Currently these are the only two Official Visit’s that Hall has on the books (you get a total of 5).

Hall was originally a member of the 2019 class, but reclassified to 2020.

The Wolfpack offered Hall back on April 3rd.

Rivals and 247Sports both list Hall as a Small Forward, and ESPN lists him as a Power Forward.

Hall plays for Moravian Prep in Hickory, North Carolina. ESPN and 247Sports both rank him as the #3 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020.

Rivals ranks him as the #25 player overall nationally in 2020.

Check out the conversation that I had with Hall shortly after picking up an offer from the Wolfpack.

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3-Star 2020 Power Forward Nick Farrar verbally committed to NC State on Wednesday, and I caught up with him to get his take on his reasons for choosing to run with the Wolfpack.

Making his college decision on August 7th wasn’t random for Farrar. He coordinated this with Coach Keatts, so he could commit on the anniversary of his mother’s death, who passed away when he was 7 years old.

“I had talked to Coach Keatts about the offer and committing for a while, so it wasn’t really early. It was just something we had planned to do for the day my mother passed.”

Farrar is a local talent (Apex Friendship High School), growing up with the dilemma of which Triangle squad to pull for. At an early age he made the wrong decision, but eventually saw the light.

“I started out with UNC, but it wasn’t long before I fell in love with NC State.”

Wolfpack Head Coach Kevin Keatts has been straight up with Farrar, and he appreciates that.

Coach Keatts is straight up with how he feels about my game, what I’m good at, and what I need to work on. The program is great, and I know a lot of staff and players as well.

Keatts has encouraged Farrar to continue to work on toning his body, and developing his right hand.

Farrar is a stretch 4, which is a body type that thrives in Keatts’ offense.

“I think State works well with undersized 4’s. With good guard skills and post up skills, I would be a good fit in that system, being an inside-out guy.”

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After receiving an offer from NC State on Monday, it didn’t take 3-Star 2020 Power Forward Nick Farrar (6’7″/230) long to decide to run with the Wolfpack today. Farrar is the 1st commitment of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

Farrar plays for Apex Friendship High School right down the road from campus.

He also held offers from Cincinnati, Texas A&M, LSU, Old Dominion, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Houston and others.

He took an unofficial visit to Raleigh back in May, and was dominant in NC State’s Team Camp this summer.

Farrar has been a breakout player on the AAU circuits, playing for Team Loaded, and won the MVP Award at the Josh Level Classic.

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4-Star 2020 Point Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/165) recently included NC State in his Top-10 along with Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Oregon, Florida State and Ole Miss. He has scheduled an Official Visit to Raleigh on the weekend of August 31st.

Smith plays for Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia.

NC State offered him on July 10th.

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