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NC State offers 6’6 F Jericole Hellems (2018)

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Pack fans are really paying close attention to the offers that Kevin Keatts is throwing out there right now for a number of reasons. For one, State fans only have an idea of the type of program that Keatts wants to build. So far it’s all talk, but studying the type of players that he is currently offering can give you a hint of the style he wants to play.

This week he offered Jericole Hellems. This is a 6’6 small forward from St. Louis. He’s a three-star kid, but he’s got a crazy motor, he’s physical, loves to defend and is becoming a pretty decent scoring threat.

This is what we’d call the quintessential Keatts guy and likely the type of player that he will build this program’s foundation around. We don’t mean he’s targeting a guy like Hellems to be a super star, but it seems as if he checks off all the boxes as a kid that Keatts wants on his roster. Someone who is willing to sell out for defense, is not afraid to throw their weight around and someone who is a real team first type guy.

The more we look at these offers, the more it seems as if Keatts is gearing up to build somewhat of a fast-paced Virginia type team. A group of guys that some may consider ‘tweeners’ that make their living playing with hustle and heart. He will obviously try to sprinkle in the super-star or major scoring threat, but it’s becoming apparent the type of guys Keatts want to build this program with. Arkansas, Boston College and FSU are also involved here.

Take a look at his highlights and judge for yourself.

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5-Star SG Matthew Cleveland Visiting NC State this Weekend

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5-Star 2021 Shooting Guard Matthew Cleveland (6’6″/190) will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend.

Primetime with the Pack is on Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum, with the NC State Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.

247Sports ranks Cleveland as the #21 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, the #3 shooting guard, and the #2 player in the state of Georgia.

Cleveland plays for Pace Academy in Alpharetta.

NC State offered Cleveland on September 23rd.

Cleveland also holds offers from Arkansas, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Seton Hall, VCU and others.

He has recently taken unofficial visits to Stanford and Georgia Tech.

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5-Star F Josh Hall Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Week

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5-Star 2020 Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this week, beginning tomorrow. I believe his visit will wrap up by attending Primetime with the Pack on Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum.

The only other Official Visit that Hall has taken was to Louisville the first week of September. Hall was supposed to take an Official Visit to Raleigh the 2nd week of September, but he postponed it till now.

Both the Wolfpack and Louisville were included in his Final 12 schools that he released on September 27th, which also included Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Pitt, Florida State, Georgetown, DePaul, Western Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU.

Out of those 12 schools, Hall told PhenomHoops that he was currently planning on taking Official Visits to Texas, Florida State and LSU.

Rivals ranks Hall as the #25 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 Small Forward. 247Sports ranks him as the #10 Power Forward in the nation, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

Hall plays for Moravian Prep in Hickory.

NC State offered him a scholarship on April 3rd.

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SG Tristan Maxwell on Official Visit to NC State this Weekend

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3-Star 2020 Shooting Guard Tristan Maxwell (6’3″/195) is on an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.

He was scheduled to take an Official Visit to Georgia Tech the last weekend of September but that was cancelled. According to his 247Sports profile, that schedule has been rescheduled for next weekend, but we will have to wait and see if that actually happens.

NC State has been after Maxwell for years now, offering him back on June 23rd, 2017.

He also holds offers from Georgetown, Gonzaga, Pitt, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Providence, South Florida, Temple, Saint Louis and others.

247Sports ranks Maxwell as the #9 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020.

He plays for North Mecklenburg, in Huntersville.

NC State technically has 1 more scholarship available in their 2020 recruiting class.

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NC State Men’s Basketball’s 2020 Recruiting Class Ranks 12th After Dowuana Commitment

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4-Star (ESPN) Center Ebenezer Dowuana verbally committed to NC State this afternoon. After his commitment, the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class ranks 12th nationally according to 247Sports.

247’s Composite ranks the class 18th, and Rivals ranks it 19th.

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