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Rivals’ Evans Lists NC State, NBA as options for 2018 5-star Simons

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Rivals’ national basketball analyst Corey Evans highlighted 2018 5-star guard Anfernee Simons in his National Prep Showcase breakdown.

In that report, Evans talked about the options Simons has since decommitting from Louisville. Apparently, since he’s at IMG Academy and soon to be over a year past his high school graduation, Simons has the option of bypassing college and going straight to the NBA. However, Evans doesn’t think that’s how it will play out.

If I was a betting man, I’d say it’s a 90 percent chance you’ll see him on a high major playing floor next year. The schools in pursuit? “Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and NC State,” he said pertaining to those in touch the most.

NC State being listed here is a good sign for the Wolfpack. We told you yesterday that Keatts was on hand to watch him play and that he has already offered him a scholarship (about a month ago, according to Simons). We also noted that NC State is already over the scholarship limit, but that isn’t stopping Keatts from recruiting. They will likely find a creative way to make room if a kid this good committed.

There is a lot of competition for Anfernee right now, but we think things are going to move pretty fast with him. We’ll keep a close eye on the situation and report anything that breaks.

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Make sure you read the full piece by Evans to get a broader view of Simons’ situation.

 

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NC State Women’s Cross-Country Finish 5th at NCAA’s, Men Finish 26th

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Yesterday, NC State’s Women’s Cross-Country team finished 5th in the NCAA Championships, and the Men’s team finished 26th.

Last year, the Women’s team finished 13th, but the Top-5 isn’t abnormal for the Pack, finishing there 3 out of the last 5 years.

This was a step back for the Men’s team, finishing 11th in 2018.

Senior Elly Henes finished 10th in the nation, and earned All-American honors for the third time in her career, making her only 1 of 5 women in school history to do so. The last time a member of NC State’s Women’s team earned 3 consecutive All-American honors was in 1982-84 (Connie Jo Robinson).

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Freshman Kelsey Chmiel earned All-American honors, finishing 21st, which is the highest finish by a Wolfpack rookie since 2010.

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Junior Ian Shanklin finished 39th, earning the first All-American honors for the Men’s team since 2013.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Defensively Smothers Maine 62-34

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#14 NC State’s Women’s Basketball team improved to 4-0 yesterday, defeating Maine (1-3) 62-34.

It wasn’t the Wolfpack’s best shooting day, but fortunately, their defense was stifling, holding Maine to 24.6% shooting from the field and 34 points on the day.

Sophomore Elissa Cunane had a double-double for the 2nd consecutive game, with 12 points (4-8) and 10 rebounds. The double-double was the 6th of her career.

Freshman Forward Jada Boyd had a career-high 16 rebounds (team high), as well as 3 assists (team high), 3 blocks (team high) and 8 points (4-8).

Senior Guard Aislinn Konig shot 50% from three (3-6), which marks her best performance on the year. Considering the fact that “Ace” started the year in a shooting slump, this was extremely encouraging to see.

 

Redshirt Senior Grace Hunter was held out of this game after tweaking her knee a couple of days ago. They are hopeful she will be able to play against St. Mary’s on Sunday. Hunter is coming off of an ACL surgery, and had 15 points last game.

The Wolfpack will play their first road game of the season on Sunday at St. Mary’s at 5pm.

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NC State’s Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Teams Both Advance to NCAA’s

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This past weekend, NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams both advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 5th consecutive year.

The Women’s team won the Southeast Regional Championships, earning an automatic bid.

The Men’s team finished 3rd in the Southeast Regional Championship, and they locked up one of the 13 at-large bids.

After winning the ACC Championship, Senior Elly Henes won the Regional Championship.

8 runners earned All-Region honors.

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Louisville 34 NC State 20: BOX SCORE

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NC State fell to 4-6 tonight, losing to Louisville 34-20 at home. The Box Score is below.

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