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Keatts Presser after Charleston Southern Win :: Bulleted

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Keatts met with the media following NC State’s 78-56 win over Charleston Southern. Here is a snapshot of what he had to say:

Opening comments…

  • Interesting game, but a game the team needed to have.
  • Guys were letting defense suffer because they weren’t playing well on offense.
  • Team was not sharp out of the gate
  • Thank God team found Sam Hunt and he knocked down shots in first half
  • Thought we played well on defense, only gave up 21 points in the first half
  • Good Stat: Past two games, turned over both teams more time than they had made FGs.
  • Encouraged that team found a way to win when offense was not clicking.
  • Good job finishing the game.
  • Happy with the win, but time to get back in the gym and figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.

On how 3s help stretch the floor…

  • The current group is doing a great job of spacing the floor and finding open guys.
  • This is the first time team had more turnovers than assists, but still had 13 assists on 25 made FGs. A good ratio.
  • Al Freeman passed on some open shots early. Not sure if someone got to him and told him to put it on the floor more?
  • Making 3s helps offense most right now

On whether this team will be able to shoot it well consistently…

  • Like’s teams ability to make shots.
  • Thinks Al Freeman, Hunt are great shot makers. Markell and Batts getting better.
  • The more work the team puts in and if they continue to play at their pace, they will become a very good shooting team.

On how helpful is it to have a bunch of games back to back this early in the season…

  • Didn’t realize it at first. Games are coming really quickly, but it’s good for the team.
  • Told team if they are going to win a championship they are going to have to be able to be able to play back to back games at high level.
  • No excuses about how many games we play in a row. They are scheduled and we have to play them.
  • Lots of great things to take from this game, but a lot to work on. But will take 2-0.

On what have you seen from Markell over the first 2 games…

  • Didn’t think Markell was Markell in this game.
  • Sure he almost had a triple-double but he didn’t take care of the ball. 7 turnovers.
  • Can’t ignore the points and assists in back to back games, but he wasn’t sharp in this one.
  • Don’t know why, but sometimes it happens. Everything else was good.

On if there is any difference between practice and learning in game (in terms of style of play/energy)…

  • No, that was more Charleston Southern than us.
  • Thought they came out with a great game plan to slow down pace
  • When you looked at CSU’s opener vs Davidson you think “Thats not a good team” but Davidson made 23 3s against them.
  • Davidson was a buzz-saw that night. CSU wasn’t bad.
  • CSU did good job of not trying to run with us, but trying to control pace of play.

On if there is an Abu update?

  • Now sure at the moment.
  • Going back to Dr. early this week and won’t have an update until then.
  • Sometimes you don’t realize you don’t have leading scorer from last year on the floor.
  • Getting Abu back adds another dimension to the team, but it’s important for others to get minutes while he’s out.

On winning and not scoring near 100

  • Excited about this team. Told them they are getting better and just because they are a transition team doens’t mean they’ll have nights like this. (scoring in the 70s)
  • If you are going to win a championship you have to learn how to win all types of games.

On the feeling coming out of week one 2-0…

  • Feel good but looking for improvement.
  • Take one game at a time.
  • Half the country is 1-0 and half is 0-1. After tonight some going to be 2-0, 1-1 or 0-2.
  • Would rather be 2-0.

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Jersey Numbers for 2024-25 NC State Men’s Basketball Team Revealed

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team revealed the Jersey Numbers for their 2024-25 team yesterday.

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Numbers that are Staying the Same

Michael O’Connell – #12

Ben Middlebrooks – #34

Dennis Parker Jr. – #11

KJ Keatts – #13

Jordan Snell – #22

Numbers that have Changed

Jayden Taylor – #1 –> #8

Breon Pass – #10 –> #4

Numbers of New Players

Mike James – #0 (He wore #0 at Louisville last year)

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield – #1 (He wore #5 at Louisville last year)

Paul McNeil – #2 (He wore #2 in High School last year)

Dontrez Styles – #3 (He wore #0 at Georgetown last year)

Trey Parker – #5 (He wore #5 in High School last year)

Marcus Hill – #10 (He wore #0 at Bowling Green last year)

We don’t know what number Ismael Diouf will be wearing at NC State next year yet. 

 

 

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Kareem Richardson Promoted To Associate Head Coach at NC State

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State men’s basketball head coach Kevin Keatts announced Wednesday that assistant coach Kareem Richardson has been promoted to associate head coach effective immediately.

“I’m proud to promote Kareem to associate head coach,” Keatts said. “He is a valuable member of my staff and has really enhanced NC State both in his relationship with our players and staff, but also his ability to teach, scout and game plan. He is a well-rounded coach that has an impact on every facet of our program, and I feel fortunate to have him as part of my staff.”

The upcoming 2024-25 season will be Richardson’s third at NC State. The Pack has earned bids to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons Richardson has been on staff, including last season when NC State won the ACC Championship and advanced to the Final Four.

NC State has had three different guards (DJ Horne, Jarkel Joiner and Terquavion Smith) earn All-ACC honors under Richardson’s tutelage.

Richardson was previously head coach at UMKC for 2013-19 and has been an assistant coach at power conference programs such as Louisville, Xavier and Clemson in his 25-year coaching career.

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WATCH: Getting to Know NC State’s Dontrez Styles

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NC State Men’s Basketball is releasing videos helping fans get to know the new players on the 2024-25 roster.

Below is the video of Georgetown Transfer Forward Dontrez Styles (6’6″/212), with a transcript underneath.

I’m Dontrez Styles, a transfer from Georgetown University. I knew where I wanted to be. At the end of the day, I knew I wanted to come back home and play for a guy like Keatts. That was the main thing for me.

Being back home is amazing. My family can see me play every game now. An hour from Kinston, North Carolina. It’s a small city. I love it. Just growing there. A lot of great guys. A lot of great basketball players. My family is there. It’s my life.

I grew up in the Brandon Ingram era, so I went to every Kinston High School game. Just seeing him play motivated me to get in the gym and keep working. The grind has paid off.

It’s crazy. I would have never imagined this happening. It’s very rare for someone to go to North Carolina and NC State. Me being one of the first guys to do that, I believe it’s different, but I’m enjoying it so far. I can’t wait to get started.

Coach (Levi) Watkins recruited me when he was at Ole Miss. He’s been with me since my Sophomore year, I believe. Just having that relationship with them makes it easier every day.

Just being back, it’s going to be very fun, especially now. The hype is crazy. I can’t wait to be back home and get started, and hopefully win that National Championship.

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Styles was the 2nd leading scorer for Georgetown this past season, averaging 12.8 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards. He shot 36.8% from three.

Originally, Sytles was a consensus 4-Star prospect in UNC’s 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #62 overall player nationally, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Kinston High School.

After two seasons with the Tar Heels, Styles entered the Portal, and took an Official Visit to NC State and Georgetown, and ultimately chose the Hoyas.

Styles will be spending his final year of eligibility with NC State.

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WATCH: Getting to Know NC State’s Mike James

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NC State Men’s Basketball is releasing videos helping fans get to know the new players on the 2024-25 roster.

Below is the video of Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200), with a transcript underneath.

I last played at the University of Louisville. I spent three years there. Played two. Redshirted my first year because of injury. I enjoyed my time there, but all good things got to come to an end, and I’m here at North Carolina State. 

Entering the Portal is just like going through High School recruitment again. You’re getting your phone blown up every other hour, every single day. You’ve got to get on long phone calls. You’re kind of going through the process again, but this time, you kind of know what you want. You’ve been through College Basketball, so you know what questions to ask, what to expect, and you kind of just get straight to the point. I feel like the process was similar, but different this time. It went a lot quicker, and I knew exactly what I wanted. I want to win at the end of the day. Playing time is earned, and all that stuff. You’ve got to come in here and take care of that. 

Winning is very important, and I haven’t done that so far, but that’s the one thing I want to change about my college career. Seeing y’all go on that run was really appealing to me. 

I like to get to the basket. Draw fouls. Finish at the rim. Knock down shots on the perimeter. Defend 1-4 positions on the other end. 

I want to come in and win. I want to be a leader for our team. I’m an older guy now, so I want to be a leader. I want to come in and win another ACC Championship, and make another NCAA Tournament run. 

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This past year, James averaged 12.6 points per game (3rd on the team) and 5 rebounds. He’s extremely physical and aggressive, taking 47% of his field goal attempts at the rim (making 46%). As a result, he draws a lot of fouls, ranking 10th in the ACC in Fouls Drawn, and 4th in Free Throw Rate. James made opponents pay this year when they put him on the line, making 81.8% from the charity stripe, which ranked 15th in the ACC.

James shot the ball better as a Redshirt Freshman, than he did this past season. His Effective Field Goal Percentage in 2022-23 was 55.8%, which ranked 19th in the ACC, and his True Shooting Percentage of 59.6% ranked 14th.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years.

He does have the ability to knock down a three, making 34.8% for his career.

James has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

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