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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 Men’s Basketball Commit Terquavion Smith: Junior Highlight Reel

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NC State 4-Star 2021 Shooting Guard verbal commit Terquavion Smith (6’3″180) has shot up the rankings this year, earning a 4th star, and becoming a Top-100 player. 247Sports ranks Smith as the #96 overall player nationally, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Check out his Junior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

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NC State Offers 7’0″ 2020 Center Quincy Ballard

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NC State offered 2020 Center Quincy Ballard (7’0″/246) two days ago. Ballard is a late-blooming prospect, who isn’t ranked/rated.

Ever since his showing at the recent 2020 Phenom HoopState Championship, Ballard’s recruitment has exploded. Since April 4th, he has picked up offers from Florida State, NC State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Maryland.

Here’s what Ballard had to say about NC State to PhenomHoopsReport recently.

Ballard: “I definitely feel good and love what Coach Keatts’ plan is with the team and how they see me fitting in. We are talking with them daily.” (Link)

Ballard is originally from Syracuse, New York, but has played the last two seasons at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He plans to make his college decision this Saturday.

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NC State Makes Top-8 for 4-Star SF JaDun Michael

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) decommitted from Wichita State on March 30th, and NC State made his Top-8 last night, along with Elon, ECU, Penn State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, and Pitt.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

Michael’s reason for decommitting was his desire to stay closer to home, and NC State definitely meets that criteria.

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NC State Showing Interest in 4-Star SF JaDun Michael After Decommitment from Wichita St.

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) announced his decommitment from Wichita State, after committing to the Shockers on November 19th.

As you can see above, Michael noted his desire to stay closer to home. According to Jake at Stockrisers.com, NC State was one of the many schools that reached out to Michael soon as the news broke, along with Pitt, UVA, Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

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