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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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NC State Men’s Basketball Commit Terquavion Smith: Junior Highlight Reel

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NC State 4-Star 2021 Shooting Guard verbal commit Terquavion Smith (6’3″180) has shot up the rankings this year, earning a 4th star, and becoming a Top-100 player. 247Sports ranks Smith as the #96 overall player nationally, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Check out his Junior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

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NC State Offers 7’0″ 2020 Center Quincy Ballard

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NC State offered 2020 Center Quincy Ballard (7’0″/246) two days ago. Ballard is a late-blooming prospect, who isn’t ranked/rated.

Ever since his showing at the recent 2020 Phenom HoopState Championship, Ballard’s recruitment has exploded. Since April 4th, he has picked up offers from Florida State, NC State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Maryland.

Here’s what Ballard had to say about NC State to PhenomHoopsReport recently.

Ballard: “I definitely feel good and love what Coach Keatts’ plan is with the team and how they see me fitting in. We are talking with them daily.” (Link)

Ballard is originally from Syracuse, New York, but has played the last two seasons at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He plans to make his college decision this Saturday.

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NC State Makes Top-8 for 4-Star SF JaDun Michael

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) decommitted from Wichita State on March 30th, and NC State made his Top-8 last night, along with Elon, ECU, Penn State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, and Pitt.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

Michael’s reason for decommitting was his desire to stay closer to home, and NC State definitely meets that criteria.

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NC State Showing Interest in 4-Star SF JaDun Michael After Decommitment from Wichita St.

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) announced his decommitment from Wichita State, after committing to the Shockers on November 19th.

As you can see above, Michael noted his desire to stay closer to home. According to Jake at Stockrisers.com, NC State was one of the many schools that reached out to Michael soon as the news broke, along with Pitt, UVA, Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

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