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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 SG Matthew Cleveland Visiting NC State this Weekend

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5-Star 2021 Shooting Guard Matthew Cleveland (6’6″/190) will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend.

Primetime with the Pack is on Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum, with the NC State Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.

247Sports ranks Cleveland as the #21 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, the #3 shooting guard, and the #2 player in the state of Georgia.

Cleveland plays for Pace Academy in Alpharetta.

NC State offered Cleveland on September 23rd.

Cleveland also holds offers from Arkansas, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Seton Hall, VCU and others.

He has recently taken unofficial visits to Stanford and Georgia Tech.

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5-Star F Josh Hall Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Week

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5-Star 2020 Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this week, beginning tomorrow. I believe his visit will wrap up by attending Primetime with the Pack on Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum.

The only other Official Visit that Hall has taken was to Louisville the first week of September. Hall was supposed to take an Official Visit to Raleigh the 2nd week of September, but he postponed it till now.

Both the Wolfpack and Louisville were included in his Final 12 schools that he released on September 27th, which also included Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Pitt, Florida State, Georgetown, DePaul, Western Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU.

Out of those 12 schools, Hall told PhenomHoops that he was currently planning on taking Official Visits to Texas, Florida State and LSU.

Rivals ranks Hall as the #25 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 Small Forward. 247Sports ranks him as the #10 Power Forward in the nation, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

Hall plays for Moravian Prep in Hickory.

NC State offered him a scholarship on April 3rd.

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SG Tristan Maxwell on Official Visit to NC State this Weekend

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3-Star 2020 Shooting Guard Tristan Maxwell (6’3″/195) is on an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.

He was scheduled to take an Official Visit to Georgia Tech the last weekend of September but that was cancelled. According to his 247Sports profile, that schedule has been rescheduled for next weekend, but we will have to wait and see if that actually happens.

NC State has been after Maxwell for years now, offering him back on June 23rd, 2017.

He also holds offers from Georgetown, Gonzaga, Pitt, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Providence, South Florida, Temple, Saint Louis and others.

247Sports ranks Maxwell as the #9 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020.

He plays for North Mecklenburg, in Huntersville.

NC State technically has 1 more scholarship available in their 2020 recruiting class.

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NC State Men’s Basketball’s 2020 Recruiting Class Ranks 12th After Dowuana Commitment

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4-Star (ESPN) Center Ebenezer Dowuana verbally committed to NC State this afternoon. After his commitment, the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class ranks 12th nationally according to 247Sports.

247’s Composite ranks the class 18th, and Rivals ranks it 19th.

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