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VIDEO VAULT: 4-star NC State commit Ian Steere is a SAVAGE in the paint

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Ian Steere was a prize recruit for the Creighton Bluejays. His 6’9, 260 lbs of sheer muscle brings a physicality and violence that not many can match in the 2018 class. That’s why when he decommitted and flipped to NC State it was such a big deal.

Although we covered the commitment, it was in the heart of football season and we’re not sure Pack fans really paid attention to what they had just gotten.

It seems like lately, every few days, a couple more highlights come out showing Steere absolutely punishing the rim or throwing a shot into the seats. Here is one from yesterday.

And here he is (below) throwing down a poster windmill on UNC’s Brandon Huffman, shutting down the Josh Level Classic. Get used to it, Brandon.

Here is some more brutal footage of Steere dunking anything he touches with authority.

Currently, Steere is a 4-star and ranked just outside the top 100 on Rivals and only a 3 star for 247. So, what gives? We watch a ton of recruit footage and it’s rare you find a power, strength, athlete combo like you see here.

The knock early on was his polish and his weight. He’s always had a ton of muscle, he was carrying a little extra weight early on. Now that he’s grown into his frame, he’s more lean, more solid and more bouncy. We believe he could be a borderline top 50 player in this class when all is said and done.

Once he gets to NC State you better believe they will work on his footwork in the post, and it’s also pretty clear that like everyone else on this roster Keatts will ahve him in the best shape of his life.

If you make those improvements, right away the 6’9 Steere becomes one of the biggest, most solid bodies in the ACC. I think it’s safe to say we’re really excited about this kid’s future with the Pack.

And don’t get confused. Steere is not just huge and athletic. He’s got nice touch and pretty decent court vision (as shown here.)

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Get ready Pack fans, we think you’re going to love this kid.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque Will Likely Sign LOI Next Week

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NC State 5-Star 2019 point guard commit Jalen Lecque was expected to sign his letter of intent yesterday at 1pm, but that didn’t happen. According to Rivals, the signing will happen “while he’s home for Thanksgiving break after this weekend.”

This weekend, Lecque and his Brewster Academy squad will be playing in the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, Connecticut.

According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, 10 NBA Teams will be at the event, watching him and 5-Star forward Akok Akok, who are both technically eligible to bypass college and enter next summers NBA Draft if they so choose.

To be clear, yesterday was not National Signing Day. It was the beginning of a week-long early signing peariod (November 14-21). Players can sign their letter of intent anytime between now and next Wednesday.

I have zero reason to believe that Lecque’s commitment isn’t solid.

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Jalen Lecque Expected to Sign His LOI to NC State Today

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NC State Men’s Basketball only has one commitment in their 2019 recruiting class, but it’s a big one. Jalen Lecque is a 5-star prospect, ranked as the #22 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class by ESPN. According to Rivals, Lecque is expected to sign his letter of intent to play basketball at NC State at 1pm today at Brewster Academy.

Lecque spoke with ESPN at the beginning of the month about the possibility of going straight to the NBA after the conclusion of his prep year at Brewster. If he was projected as a 1st round pick, he told them “then you never know.”

Shortly thereafter, he reassured Joe Giglio of the News and Observer that he is still 100% committed to NC State, and he plans on being in Raleigh next year.

“I told him there’s nothing to worry about,” Lecque said. “I love N.C. State and that’s my home. I told him that exactly.” (N&O)

Lecque committed to NC State on October 2nd, and is one of the highest rated recruits to ever commit to the Wolfpack.

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NC State Watching SG Marquise Rice out of Durham Academy

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Last week representatives of the NC State coaching staff were over at Durham Academy watching 2022 Shooting Guard Marquise Rice (6’5″/210).

Rice plays AAU basketball with Team Wall, and already holds offers from Ole Miss, Boston College and Pitt. Future150 ranks Rice as a 3-Star prospect, and the #64 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque Talks Possibility of Going Straight to NBA

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NC State 2019 Basketball Commit Jalen Lecque has been down in the Bahamas with his Brewster Academy prep squad, and 7 NBA teams were down there scouting him and some of the other talent on display.

Lecque caught up with ESPN, and gave his perspective on the possibility of skipping college at NC State altogether, and going straight to the NBA.

“I could be a freshman on a college campus right now,” Lecque told ESPN. “I am eligible for the [2019] draft. I’m a fifth-year senior, but I’m also eligible for the draft because of my grades.”

“I am interested in everything because the NBA is my goal at the end of the day,” he said. “I want to be a great college player, but my end goal is to help my family. I want to be a concrete Round 1 player if I do make that decision. If I’m guaranteed a Round 1 position, then you never know. I could see myself doing it if I am in a good position at the end of the year. A college education is so important and making that jump is really hard, so I really gotta think about that, but if I’m Round 1, then that’s different.”

“We’re taking it real slow,” he said. “At the end of the year, I will have an answer for it. But I love NC State and NC State is a great place and I am looking forward to it.” (ESPN)

This isn’t a new revelation that this is a possibility, but the first time Lecque has spoken on it since his commitment to NC State.

Check out these highlights of Lecque and the rest of his Brewster crew down in the Bahamas.

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