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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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5-Star F Josh Hall Sets Official Visit to NC State

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5-Star 2020 Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) has scheduled and Official Visit to NC State for the weekend of September 6th, which is the weekend the football team is hosting Western Carolina.

Hall has also scheduled an Official Visit to Louisville the week before.

Currently these are the only two Official Visit’s that Hall has on the books (you get a total of 5).

Hall was originally a member of the 2019 class, but reclassified to 2020.

The Wolfpack offered Hall back on April 3rd.

Rivals and 247Sports both list Hall as a Small Forward, and ESPN lists him as a Power Forward.

Hall plays for Moravian Prep in Hickory, North Carolina. ESPN and 247Sports both rank him as the #3 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020.

Rivals ranks him as the #25 player overall nationally in 2020.

Check out the conversation that I had with Hall shortly after picking up an offer from the Wolfpack.

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PI EXLCUSIVE: Nick Farrar Talks NC State Commitment

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3-Star 2020 Power Forward Nick Farrar verbally committed to NC State on Wednesday, and I caught up with him to get his take on his reasons for choosing to run with the Wolfpack.

Making his college decision on August 7th wasn’t random for Farrar. He coordinated this with Coach Keatts, so he could commit on the anniversary of his mother’s death, who passed away when he was 7 years old.

“I had talked to Coach Keatts about the offer and committing for a while, so it wasn’t really early. It was just something we had planned to do for the day my mother passed.”

Farrar is a local talent (Apex Friendship High School), growing up with the dilemma of which Triangle squad to pull for. At an early age he made the wrong decision, but eventually saw the light.

“I started out with UNC, but it wasn’t long before I fell in love with NC State.”

Wolfpack Head Coach Kevin Keatts has been straight up with Farrar, and he appreciates that.

Coach Keatts is straight up with how he feels about my game, what I’m good at, and what I need to work on. The program is great, and I know a lot of staff and players as well.

Keatts has encouraged Farrar to continue to work on toning his body, and developing his right hand.

Farrar is a stretch 4, which is a body type that thrives in Keatts’ offense.

“I think State works well with undersized 4’s. With good guard skills and post up skills, I would be a good fit in that system, being an inside-out guy.”

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3-Star PF Nick Farrar Commits to NC State

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After receiving an offer from NC State on Monday, it didn’t take 3-Star 2020 Power Forward Nick Farrar (6’7″/230) long to decide to run with the Wolfpack today. Farrar is the 1st commitment of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

Farrar plays for Apex Friendship High School right down the road from campus.

He also held offers from Cincinnati, Texas A&M, LSU, Old Dominion, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Houston and others.

He took an unofficial visit to Raleigh back in May, and was dominant in NC State’s Team Camp this summer.

Farrar has been a breakout player on the AAU circuits, playing for Team Loaded, and won the MVP Award at the Josh Level Classic.

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4-Star PG Deivon Smith Schedules Official Visit to NC State

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4-Star 2020 Point Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/165) recently included NC State in his Top-10 along with Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Oregon, Florida State and Ole Miss. He has scheduled an Official Visit to Raleigh on the weekend of August 31st.

Smith plays for Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia.

NC State offered him on July 10th.

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