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NBA discussing rule that would have kept Dennis Smith Jr at NC State

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No, this article isn’t really about dissecting the ‘what ifs’ around Dennis Smith Jr spending another year in Raleigh. In fact, if this rule had been in place, it’s likely Dennis Smith Jr would have never landed at NC State to begin with.

The rule we’re talking would force any player who plays college basketball to stay for at least 2 years.

According to numerous sources, the NBA commissioner met with the NCAA commission to discuss getting rid of the ‘One-and-done’ rule. The thinking is that a new rule would move into its place. That rule would allow players to go straight to the pros if they think they can cut it, however, those who opt to go to college are forced to stay for at least 2 years.

This potential change has the basketball world split. Some like the ‘one-and-done’ rule and thinks it allows players to ‘test out’ college to see how they compete against the nation’s best. If they are dominant, they can leave and pursue their dreams.

The new rule would leave them with a tough choice. See if they can make it in the pros and forgo their college eligibility, or invest a minimum of two years in school before you can make the jump.

Our thoughts:
I completely understand both sides here. One side is fighting for player freedom, the other is fighting for league stability. However, I think if you want the biggest win/win, you go with the new rule and force kids to stay for 2 years.

I say that because you are giving them freedom to choose, albeit a little earlier than they may like. However, it kind of balances the power.

Right now, the players run the show. They come in and use college programs because they are forced to. They don’t really buy into the whole team unity thing, they aren’t really dedicated to winning a national championship. We all know that mostย are there to improve their stock for the coming NBA Draft.

This also isn’t really fair to coaches. You recruit the most talented kids you can find and you want them to succeed, but if they do, they leave. Then you better have another one coming up right behind them or you could suffer a down year, which in today’s landscape, could cost you your job.

It’s also good for the kids. Look, I know people want to preach freedom for these kids, but they’re 17 or 18 years old. They don’t know what’s good for them and they shouldn’t be expected to. They also shouldn’t be forced to make decisions alongside adults whose eyes are lighting up at the thought of that NBA money. It’s just an overall poisonous situation. We’ve been around recruiting a lot doing this website, and it’s just a grimy game with a lot of people who are in it only for the money.

Make a kid stay for two years and you’re integrating them into a team atmosphere with a coach who hopefully is looking after them and helping them become men. It makes them go to class for at least a year and start earning credits towards a degree. It allows them to be a kid for just a little longer.

The NBA wins too. They get to grow their G-League with the kids who opt to pass on college but aren’t ready for the NBA (gives them a minor league type situation), and it gives them more well-rounded kids coming out of college who are a year older and more prepared for the NBA.

So the NCAA may have a few less talented guys. That’s fine. The draw for most college basketball fans isn’t the ‘one-and-done’ guy playing for themselves. It’s the group of kids who sign up to play for the team on the front of their jersey, in hopes of doing well enough to make it to the next level.

I’m all in for the 2 year rule. What about you?

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NC State Makes Final-5 for 4-Star F Keon Ambrose-Hylton, Sets Official Visit

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4-Star 2020 F Keon Ambrose-Hylton (6’8″/200) revealed his Final-5 schools today, and NC State made the cut along with Arkansas, Alabama, Dayton, and USC.

According to Patrick O’Brien at Phenom Hoops, Ambrose-Hylton will be taking an Official Visit to NC State next weekend (September 27-29). He also has Official Visits scheduled to the rest of the schools in his Final 5 as well (He already took one to Dayton).

Here’s what he told O’Brien about the Wolfpack:

NC State: โ€œGreat team, great transition.ย  Head coach Kevin Keatts has stated I will make a huge impact in my freshman year. ย The Wolfpack seems insane, they definitely go hard for their team.โ€ (PH)

Ambrose-Hylton is listed as a Power Forward by 247Sports and Rivals, while ESPN lists him as a Small Forward. ESPN ranks Ambrose as the #58 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, the #13 small forward, and the #1 player in the state of Ontario, Canada. 247Sports ranks him as the #13 Power Forward in 2020.

NC State was late to the party, offering Ambrose-Hylton less than 2 weeks ago (September 9), but they must have made quite the impression.

Ambrose-Hylton plays for Andrews Osborne Academy in Toronto, Canada.

According to O’Brien, Ambrose-Hylton plans on making his decision in early November.

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NC State Makes Final-2 for 4-Star Demarr Langford, Decision Coming this Weekend

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4-Star wing Demarr Langford just eliminated Texas A&M from his list, leaving only NC State and Boston College.

Langford was scheduled to take an Official Visit to Texas A&M this upcoming weekend, but that is cancelled now, because he will be announcing his decision this weekend.

Rivals ranks Langford as the #80 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #20 Small Forward. 247Sports ranks him as the #15 Shooting Guard, and ESPN ranks him as the #1 player in the state of New Hampshire.

NC State offered Langford on August 20th.

All signs are pointing to Langford committing to Boston College. He plays for Brewster Academy up in New Hampshire, and his brother Makai Ashton-Langford transferred from Providence to BC this Summer. All 5 of the Crystal Ball predictions over at 247Sports have Langford flying with the Golden Eagles, including Cory Smith from NC State affiliate Pack Pride, who cast his vote today. Also, Andrew Slater who is the author of the tweet above, also cast his vote.

 

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NC State Checking Out 4-Star Cliff Omoruyi Today

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NC State’s coaching staff will be in to see 2020 4-Star Center Cliff Omoruyi (6’11″/235) this afternoon.

NC State offered Omoruyi back on June 30th of last year. He took an Official Visit to Auburn last weekend, and is scheduled to take one to TCU this weekend.

247Sports ranks Omoruyi as the #41 overall player in the 2020 class, the #8 Center, and the #2 player in the state of New Jersey. Omoruyi plays for Roselle Catholic.

Kentucky, UCONN, Memphis, Pitt, Miami, Rutgers, Arizona State, Temple and others have all been in to see him in the past week.

He might be releasing a list of his final schools on October 11th.

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Kevin Keatts was in to see 4-Star C John Hugley IV

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NC State’s coaching staff was in to visit with 4-Star 2020 Center John Hugley IV yesterday.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts was in to see Hugley last week as well on Monday, when the Recruiting Period opened. Hugley was in Raleigh for an Official Visit the first weekend of September. He is scheduled to take Official Visits to Pitt and Miami over the next two weekends.

It’s clear that NC State wants to add a big man in the 2020 class, and they obviously have made Hugley a priority, now seeing him three weeks in a row.

247Sports ranks Hugley as the #73 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and Rivals ranks him 93rd. 247 also ranks him as the #11 Center in the nation, and the #2 player in the state of Ohio.

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