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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 Offers 2021 4-Star PF Ernest Ross

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NC State offered 2021 4-Star Power Forward Ernest Ross (6’9″/210) yesterday.

247Sports ranks him as the #38 overall player nationally in the 2021 recruiting class, the #9 Power Forward, and the #3 player in the state of Florida. Rivals ranks him as the #47 overall player and the #11 Power Forward.

Ross also holds offers from Florida, Oklahoma State, LSU, Ole Miss, USF, Virginia Tech, and Xavier.

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NC State Offers JUCO G El Ellis

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Kevin Keatts and his NC State Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff offered a scholarship to Junior College Guard El Ellis (6’3″/170) yesterday. Ellis is a 2021 prospect.

Ellis is from the Triangle, growing up in Durham. Before heading to Tallahassee Community College, he played high school ball at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem.

As a Freshman last year in Tallahassee, Ellis averaged 14.3 points and 4.4 assists per game, shooting 40.3% from three-point land (48% FG).

Ellis has also recently picked up scholarship offers from Arizona State, UCONN, Louisville, and Iowa State.

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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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