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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.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  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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Ranking Jalen Lecque Among NC State’s Highest Rated Recruits

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NC State landed a major commitment last week from 5-Star 2019 point guard Jalen Lecque. Below we breakdown the Wolfpack’s highest ranked commitments of the past 18 years, and Lecque currently ranks 7th. Obviously, he has his whole entire Senior season to see his ranking rise even higher.

5-star NC State Commitments of the past 15 years

Legend: (247) = 247Sports/ (R) = Rivals/ (E) = ESPN

1) Dennis Smith Jr. – 7 (247)
2) J.J. Hickson – 10 (R)/ 11 (247)/ 14 (E)
2) C.J. Leslie – 10 (247)/ 11 (E)/ 14 (R)
2) Rodney Purvis – 10 (247)/ 12 (R) / 20 (E)
5) T.J. Warren – 17 (R)/ 19 (247)/ 29 (E)
6) Ryan Harrow – 19 (R)/ 25 (247)/ 39 (E)
7) Jalen Lecque – 22 (E)/ 28 (R)/ 29 (247)
8) Brandon Costner – 23 (247)/ 30 (R)
9) Courtney Fells – 24 (R)/ 26 (247)
10) Cat Barber – 25 (247)/ 26 (E)/ 27 (R)
11) Omer Yurtseven – 26 (247)
12) Lorenzo Brown – 29 (247)/ 36 (R)

What does landing a commitment of Lecque’s caliber get you?

Dennis Smith Jr. was the ACC Freshman of the Year. JJ Hickson made the All-ACC Freshman Team. CJ Leslie earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors. TJ Warren was the ACC Player of the Year. Brandon Costner was on the All-ACC Third Team. Cat Barber was First Team All-ACC and an AP All-American Honorable Mention. Omer Yurtseven earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors. Lorenzo Brown earned 2nd & 3rd Team All-ACC honors, and led the ACC in assists in 2012-13.

In a nutshell, Lecque is one of the biggest recruits to commit to NC State in school history, and players of his caliber almost always make an immediate impact.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque to Play in John Wall Holiday Invitational in Raleigh

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational is the pinnacle of high school basketball here in the Triangle every Christmas season, and NC State 2019 5-star point guard commit Jalen Lecque and his Brewster Academy squad will be heading down from New Hampshire to participate in it.

Some of Lecque’s top competition at the Invitational will be 5-Star 2020 Power Forward Isaiah Todd (Trinity Academy of Raleigh), 4-star 2019 FSU commit Patrick Williams (West Charlotte/Charlotte NC), 4-Star 2019 Providence commit Greg Gantt (Trinity Christian/Fayetteville, NC), 4-star 2020 Shooting Guard Zach Harvey (Prolific Prep/Napa, CA), 3-star 2021 Point Guard Carter Whitt (Leesville Rd/Raleigh, NC), 5-star 2019 Florida Commit Scottie Lewis (Ranney Prep School/New Jersey), 5-star 2019 Villanova commit Bryan Antoine (Ranney Prep School/New Jersey), and 4-star 2022 Point Guard Jaden Bradley (Canon School/Concord, NC).

The 48th annual Holiday Invitational will be on December 26-29th at Broughton High School in Raleigh. Wolfpack fans, go ahead and plan to buy your tickets and watch the future of NC State basketball.

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4-Star SF Patrick Williams Announcing College Choice Today

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4-Star 2019 Small Forward Patrick Williams (6’7”/180) will be announcing his college decision today.

Williams listed NC State in his Top-10 along with Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, Texas, Clemson, Louisville, Arizona, Florida State and Ohio State in August.

Out of all of those schools, Williams has only taken officials to NC State and Florida State. Williams took his official visit to Raleigh with Jalen Lecque, who committed to NC State earlier this week.

Williams plays for West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, NC), and is ranked by ESPN as the #46 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

The popular thought is that Williams will commit to Florida State today, with 100% of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Projections pointing that direction, but we will have to wait and see.

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5-Star SF Wendell Moore Announcing College Choice Monday

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5-Star 2019 Small Forward Wendell Moore, one of NC State’s most coveted recruiting targets, will be announcing his college choice on Monday, October 8th.

Moore is the #1 player in the state of North Carolina according to ESPN, and the #18 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. He included NC State in his Top 5 on May 4th.

NC State originally offered Moore a scholarship before he even stepped foot on the court as a freshman in high school.

Pretty much every national recruiting analyst is convinced that Moore will end up choosing Duke or UNC, but 14 of the 15 247Sports analysts project he’ll choose the Blue Devils.

Moore’s Final 4 schools are NC State, Duke, UNC and Wake Forest. He took official visits to all 4 schools, as well as Wake Forest, and NC State was his 1st.

Moore broke down his official visit to Raleigh here. 

Despite everyone being convinced that Moore is heading to Durham, Kevin Keatts and his coaches have never let up on recruiting Moore one bit throughout the process.

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