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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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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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