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Mizzou Freshman PG Blake Harris to transfer. Could NC State be in play?

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Missouri’s 6’3 freshman PG, Blake Harris (a former 4-star) has put in his transfer and was granted his release earlier today.

Harris is from Chapel Hill, NC and went to Word of God Academy in Raleigh. If you remember, we reported that Harris visited NC State in March before committing to Missouri in April.

Actually, Harris was only looking around because he had decommitted from Washington after their coaching change. It’s likely that he followed Michael Porter Jr (also a former Washington commit) to Missouri and wasn’t really set that decision in the first place.

So, where will he end up? At this point, there really isn’t any concrete talk about Harris to NC State (or any other school for that matter), but there is talk that he would like to be closer to home.

I think Wolfpack fans would be wise to keep track of this over the next week or so.

Harris was highly recruited, both before his Washington commitment and after he reneged (prior to selecting Mizzou). He held offers from NC State, Michigan State, UConn, Cincy, Clemson, Memphis, LSU, Wake Forest, VT and many more. So obviously, all those schools are likely back in play.

Also note that Harris is good friends with NC State commit Ian Steere, who tweeted this today.

Harris was averaging 3.8 points and 3 assists in 13 minutes per game. He shot 40% from the floor, but did not connect on any of his seven 3pt attempts.

Harris actually has a good shot, so I’m surprised to see he hasn’t hit a single 3 this season. However, 40% from the floor isn’t a bad number for a freshman PG. His assist total is where he shines. It may not look like much, but 3 assist per game is pretty good when you take into account he was only getting 13 minutes per game. If you break that down, Harris is averaging .23 assist per minute. For comparison, Markell Johnson was averaging .24 assists per minute and he was leading the ACC in ‘Assist Rate.’

Check out Harris’ Missouri highlight reel. He’s a big guard with good vision, good size, athleticism and a nice stroke. All things Keatts looks for in a PG.

And his reel from HS.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque Was #1 on SCTop10 With Dunk Through The Legs

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Last night NC State 2019 5-star point guard commit Jalen Lecque as #1 on SportsCenter Top-10 plays of the night with a nasty “Eastbay”…aka a between the legs dunk…on a fast break. This is the type of dunk that wins dunk contests, but not during the heat of the game.

The ease in which Lecque pulls it off is mind boggling.

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Kevin Keatts is Watching 4-Star Christian Brown Today

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NC State Head Coach Kevin is in Columbia, South Carolina watching 4-Star 2019 Small Forward Christian Brown (6’6”/210) at the Bojangles Bash.

Brown transferred from Lower Richmond (Columbia, South Carolina) to the prestigious Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) for his Senior season.

NC State made Brown’s Top-7 back in May along with Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, UNLV, Seton Hall and Florida. He has already taken official visits to Georgia, Clemson and UNLV, with two more remaining.

ESPN ranks Brown as the #58 overall player in the 2019 class.

NC State will need to get one of Brown’s two remaining official visits to put themselves in a good position to land Brown. With Brown now in Virginia, Keatts and his crew have an increased advantage, with their wealth of experience recruiting in the commonwealth.

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Kevin Keatts Watched 5-Star Jaden Springer Play Last Night

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts was in the bleachers last night watching 5-Star 2020 Shooting Guard Jaden Springer (6’4”/195).

Springer was the #1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina last season (Rocky River High School, Charlotte) before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his Junior season.

NC State offered Springer on August 29th, 2017, and as of April, the Wolfpack were won’t of the Top-5 schools recruiting him the hardest.

Springer took an unofficial visit to NC State on September 30th of last year.

ESPN ranks Springer as the #9 player in the 2020 class, and the #3 shooting guard. 247Sports ranks him as the #3 player in the state of Florida.

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NC State’s Kevin Keatts Watches 4-Star Henry Coleman

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts was watching 4-star 2020 Small Forward Henry Coleman (6’7”/205) last night.

Coleman plays for Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, and is ranked as the #40 overall player in the 2020 class according to ESPN. They also rank him as the #9 Small Forward, and the #4 player in the state of Virginia. He also plays AAU ball with Team Loaded Virginia.

Kevin Keatts has already cashed in on his Virginia roots and coaching experience in the commonwealth three times. Both DJ Funderburk and Braxton Beverly played at Hargrave Military Academy where he used to coach, and Sacha Killeya-Jones actually played at Virginia Episcopal like Coleman, before committing to Kentucky.

Coleman took an unofficial visit to NC State in January, was offered in May, and too another unofficial in Raleigh for a football game. Since visiting the Wolfpack at the end of September, he has taken unofficial visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State.

He holds offers from NC State, Kansas, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Penn St., Pitt, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Clemson, Georgetown, Wake Forest, VCU, TCU, and others.

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