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WATCH: NC State Jericole Hellems Scores 24 Against Rival

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This past weekend 2018 NC State Commit Jericole Hellems scored 24 points, leading Chaminade to a 77-74 victory over rival Vashon.

It was a passion-filled, chippy contest, and Hellems showed a lot of grit according to Rivals’ Eric Bossi.

It wasn’t always pretty, but North Carolina State-bound four-star forward Jericole Hellems found a way to get the job done in leading St Louis (Mo.) Chaminade to a gritty 77-74 win over St. Louis (Mo.) Vashon.

For those who aren’t familiar with St. Louis hoops, this game was a heavyweight battle and one that was highly anticipated. Private vs. public school, big class vs. small class and two of the most consistent talent-producing programs in the city. It was chippy from start to finish, and it was physical. That’s what impressed me about Hellems, even though he struggled to finish around the rim he never lost his way or floated to the perimeter. As the game wore on, he became steadily more effective, scoring 18 of his game high 24 in the second half.

Hellems is a classic tweener whose toughness has been questioned in the past. I would be hard-pressed to do that based on Saturday’s game. Toughness isn’t simply about flexing on people and being physical, there’s a mental side to it as well, and I think Hellems deserves credit for showing the mental and physical side of things in a heated environment with a lot on the line. (Rivals)

If you want to get a feel for just how “chippy” this game was, and how “tough” Hellems played, check out the highlights from the whole game from BallIsLife below.

Preview: It starts with Hellems screaming “THEY CAN’T HANDLE ME! IT’S OVER!”

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4-Star F Dontrez Styles: “I love everything about NC State”

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4-Star Dontrez Styles showed out at the John Wall Holiday Invitational last week, averaging 20.6 points over 3 games, recording double-doubles in 2 of them (10 rebounds each). Styles earned All-Tournament team honors.

NC State has made the standout out of Kinston High School a priority, according to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels.

Which school has prioritized him?

“N.C. State,” Style said. “They contact me every day to be honest and they tell me that they need me.”

“I love everything about them,” he added when asked about them. “They are a great school. Coach [Kevin] Keatts is a great coach. I love it.” (247)

247Sports ranks Styles as the #76 player nationally in the 2021 class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

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NC State Watched 4-Star C Roosevelt Wheeler Last Night

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NC State Men’s Basketball coaches were in attendance last night watching 4-Star 2021 Center Roosevelt Wheeler (6’10″/220) of John Marshall High School (Richmond, VA).

NC State has made an early impression on Wheeler. After offering the standout from Virginia in August of last year, Wheeler decided to take an early Official Visit to NC State back in September.

Wheeler is ranked as the #55 overall player nationally according to Rivals, and the #9 Center. 247Sports ranks him as the #67 overall player, the #12 Center, and the #3 player in the state of Virginia.

Every single member of the NC State coaching staff has connections to the state of Virginia. Head Coach Kevin Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy for over a decade, and is a native of Lynchburg. Assistant Coach James Johnson is a native of Powhatan, Virginia, and coached at Longwood College, Hargrave Military Academy, George Mason and Virginia Tech, which are all in the Commonwealth. Assistant Takayo Siddle played for, and served as a coach with Keatts at Hargrave. Assistant Roy Roberson coached 20+ years in the state of Virginia.

NC State has made Wheeler a top priority in 2021.

Wheeler also holds offers from Georgetown, VCU, Wake Forest and ODU.

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Keatts Watched 4-Star F Dontrez Styles This Week

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts watched 4-Star 2021 Forward Dontrez Styles (6’7″/205) on Tuesday night.

The Wolfpack offered Styles back on July 16th.

Styles is listed as a Small Forward by 247Sports, and a Power Forward by Rivals. 247Sports ranks him as the #105 overall player in the nation, the #25 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Rivals ranks him as the #78 overall player in the nation, and the #20 Power Forward.

He also holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Clemson, DePaul, St. John’s, VCU and others.

Styles plays for Kinston High School, and is thankful that Keatts was at his game.

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NC State Commits Nick Farrar & Shakeel Moore Pick up 4th Star at ESPN

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ESPN really likes NC State’s 2020 Men’s Basketball recruiting class, which they rank 7th nationally.

They have recently upgraded Wolfpack signees Forward Nick Farrar and Guard Shakeel Moore to 4-Star prospects, which means that ESPN now ranks ALL 5 of NC State’s signees as 4-star prospects now.

As you can see above, according to ESPN’s rankings, NC State has signed the #3, #4, #5, and #6 players in the state of North Carolina.

What you can’t see above is that ESPN also ranks Center Ebenezer Dowuona as a 4-Star prospect, and the #10 player in the state of Georgia.

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