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Rivals: NC State “has gained the most ground” on 2018 5-Star SG

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NC State could really use someone who can fill it up from long range. Over the past 3 games, the Pack is shooting a measly 27.5% from beyond the arc. For the season they are slightly above 31%.

Landing a true shooter in the 2018 class wouldn’t just be great, it’s starting to seem necessary.

Enter Anfernee Simons.

The 6’3 shooting guard out of IMG Academy in Florida may have the best stroke in the class and is currently the #9 ranked player overall. That is why Kevin Keatts and his staff have been so active in his recruitment since he decommitted from Louisville in late September.

Keatts and company have been out to see Anfernee Simons multiple times this season and it may be paying off, according to Rivals’ analyst Corey Evans.

Simons has remained consistent with his school list, a group consisting of South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, UCLA and NC State. Florida gained the most traction immediately following his decommitment in September but after taking three guards during the early signing period, the Gators may have fallen off. UCLA looks to have put another prior Louisville commit, Courtney Ramey, higher on their board, where they have to play some catch up.

That brings us to a group of three. Tennessee may have recruited Simons the hardest; South Carolina, just like the Vols, have invested plenty of time and attention; NC State, who sent three coaches to see him for his game last week, has gained the most ground during his high school season.

Obviously, the NBA is also an option for Simons since he’ll be more than a year removed from HS at draft time, but many believe he’s college-bound, and if that’s the case then NC State may be sitting squarely in his final 3.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. At this point, there is really a final 5, but Simons likely only has one year in school, so he’s going to want to get good minutes. Where can he do that? If Florida just scooped up 3 guards and UCLA is prioritizing someone ahead of him, then you have Tennessee, SC and NC State.

Just speculating here, but Simons bypasses everyone for Louisville for his first g0-round. Did playing in the ACC factor into that? It may have, and if that does happen to be the case then that should bode well for the Wolfpack.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on this situation as it continues to play out.

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HoopStateNetwork: 2-Game Highlight Reel of Josh Hall & Shakeel Moore at Phenom Hoops National Showcase

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Our friends over at the Hoop State Network released a 2-game recap of Josh Hall and Shakeel Moore’s performances at the Phenom Hoops National Showcase this past weekend in Raleigh.

Included in the video are highlights of the two of them on the court, and them revealing their decision to run with the Wolfpack.

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Josh Hall is One of NC State’s Greatest Recruits of All-Time

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NC State Men’s Basketball landed one of their biggest recruits in the history of the program tonight, with the commitment of 5-Star Forward Josh Hall.

Hall is one of the highest ranking recruits to ever commit to NC State, ranking 10th in school history.

(E = ESPN/R = Rivls/ 247 – 247Sports)

1) Dennis Smith Jr. – 4 (E)
2) J.J. Hickson – 10 (R)
2) C.J. Leslie – 10 (247)
2) Rodney Purvis – 10 (247)
5) T.J. Warren – 17 (R)
6) Ryan Harrow – 19 (R)
7) Brandon Costner – 23 (247)
8) Courtney Fells – 24 (R)
9) Cat Barber – 25 (247)
10) Josh Hall – 26 (R)
10) Omer Yurtseven – 26 (247)
12) Lorenzo Brown – 29 (247)

Whether or not you believe the above players lived up to their rankings one they reached college, 8 of 11 earned All-ACC honors.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2020 Recruiting Class Ranks 5th After Hall Commitment

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5-Star Forward Josh Hall just verbally committed to play basketball for NC State, giving the Wolfpack the 5th best class in the nation according to 247Sports and Rivals.

Since 247Sports started their database back in 2003, NC State has had a recruiting class ranked in the Top-10 on 4 other occasions, but 5th is tied for the highest since they started their Composite rankings. Currently the straight up 247Sports rankings have the Wolfpack ranked 6th in 2020, with 2016 beating it by 2 spots in 4th.

2016 – 5th Composite (4th)
2019 – 5th Composite (6th)
2005 – 8th
2010 – 10
2013 – 10 (15th)

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5-Star F Josh Hall Commits to NC State!

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5-Star 2020 Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) just verbally committed to NC State, choosing to run with the Wolfpack over Louisville and DePaul.

Rivals ranks Hall as the #26 player overall nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Hall plays for Moravian Academy in Hickory with another NC State commit, 3-Star G Shakeel Moore.

NC State offered Hall a scholarship on April 3rd of this year. He chose to take his first Official Visit to Louisville the first week of September. Hall was supposed to take his Official Visit to NC State the next weekend, but he ended up postponing it until the weekend of October 16th. Ever since Hall took his Official Visit to Raleigh, the buzz was that Hall was going to commit to NC State, but he ended up taking his Official Visit to DePaul on October 27th, who was also recruiting Moore.

Hall is the 5th member of the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class, that is sure to be ranked in the Top-10 when the national databases are updated.

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