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247: Anfernee Simons (2018, 5-star) Recaps his NC State Visit



As we mentioned, 2018 5-star guard, Anfernee Simons was on campus visiting NC State this past weekend.

247 Sports caught up with him to see what he had to say about the visit.

“It was a good atmosphere. The game, there were a lot of students there. That was different because at Louisville they mostly had a pro-like crowd going to the games and stuff. It was mostly kids in the background. Unfortunately, they didn’t get the win, but it was still good to see a good atmosphere.” (247 Sports)

He was also impressed with Kevin Keatts…

“He’s a good guy, He’s really close with his team and I feel like they really appreciate what he says. What he does in pregame, they are really locked in on what he says and I thought he was a really good person.”

“I ate dinner at his house, that was pretty good, That showed me a lot that he invited me to his house to spend time with his family.” (247 Sports)

Simons got the full tour of NC State and it seems like he came away pretty impressed. You can check out the 247 article for a few more quotes, but from the sounds of it, Keatts and company certainly made an impression.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. As you probably already know, Simons is playing prep at IMG, meaning he has the ability to go straight to the pros if he wants to. Some mock drafts have him going in the first round, so he will certainly test the waters, but most scouts think spending a year in college is the right move. If he goes that route, NC State is most certainly one of the few schools in the running to land him.

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NC State Offers 4-Star PF Chandler Lawson



It was looking like there were only 3 prospects the NC State Men’s Basketball Team was focusing on in the 2019 class (Wendell Moore, Jalen Lecque and Patrick Williams), but Kevin Keatts extended an offer to 2019 4-Star Power Forward Chandler Lawson (6’8”/205) earlier this week.

Lawson plays for Oak Hill Academy up in Virginia, which is Keatts old stomping grounds. He spent the past three seasons with Memphis East High School, where he won 3 state championships under the tutelage of Penny Hardaway, who is now the head coach of Memphis.

ESPN ranks him as the #58 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of Virginia. 247Sports ranks him as the #14 Power Forward in 2019.

He is taking an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend and has one scheduled with Georgia Tech for October 5th.

Lawson also holds offers from Baylor, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Memphis, Ole Miss, and South Carolina.

If you watch his tape, you can quickly understand why Keatts offered him. He is tall and has an incredible wingspan, and is extremely athletic. He has finesse around the rim but is also a high riser. He has a milky jumper and can sink it from beyond the arch. Add on to that the fact that he can handle the rock on a fast break and dish to the open man, and you have a complete basketball player in Chandler Lawson.

NC State only has 2 scholarship left for 2019 but has 4 offers out there. What is Keatts angle with the offer of SF Chandler Lawson and why is he so focused on bringing in a Forward when he has 5 already locked into the rotation for 2019? We’re discussing all of this and more on our forums. (100% free to join)



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NC State Offers #1 Player in 2021 SG Terrence Clark



Yesterday NC State head coach Kevin Keatts was up at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire) watching Wolfpack top prospect 2019 5-Star PG Jalen Lecque, and while he was up there, he extended an offer to the #1 player in the 2021 class (247Sports), Shooting Guard Terrence Clark.

Clark (6’6″/185) played last year for The Rivers School in Massachusetts, and was the #1 player in the state in his class. He also holds offers from UCCONN, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Rutgers, Saint Louis, Wake Forest, and Syracuse.

Keatts also recently offered another top 2021 prospect, in Raleigh native Carson McCorckle. We caught up with him, and he gave us his thoughts on the offer.

Wolfpack head coach isn’t playing any games. He’s going after the best players in the 2019 class, and now the 2021 class as well.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star SF Patrick Williams Breaks Down NC State Official Visit



This past weekend 2019 4-Star Small Forward Patrick Williams took an official visit to NC State, and it was his 1st official visit. He joined 2019 5-Star Point Guard Jalen Lecque on his official visit. Williams listed NC State in his Top-10 along with Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, Texas, Clemson, Louisville, Arizona, Florida State and Ohio State a little over a month ago, and the Wolfpack coaches had an in-home visit with him this week. ESPN ranks Williams as the #34 overall player in the 2019 class, which is right on the edge of being a 5-star prospect. They also rank him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

The Crystal Ball over at 247Sports has one prediction in for Williams, and it is in favor of the Wolfpack.

Williams plays for West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, NC).

We caught up with Williams, and he broke down his experience in Raleigh. 

On his overall experience during his official visit to NC State…

“It was great, I really got to build a better relationship with the entire coaching staff & with the team. I knew the guys from North Carolina, but I got to hang with all the other players on the team.”

On his favorite part of the visit…

“My favorite part of the visit would be the atmosphere of the football game. It was an opportunity for me to feel the love that the NC State community gives to its sports. It was mind blowing to see how much recognition and praise the basketball team got from the students at the tailgate.”

On his time with the current NC State players…

“I would say I spent an equal amount of time with all of the players because Jalen (Lecque) & I would go to all their dorms and ask them questions about Coach Keatts: how he is on a daily basis and how they like being an NC State basketball player.”

On what he likes about NC State…

“Particularly, I like that NC State is close to home, I like the feel that I got being on campus, the energy that the entire coaching staff brings to the table everyday, the family vibe of the entire basketball program. I like the fact that Coach Keatts has coached pros because that is the ultimate goal. His belief in me really stood out from day 1. He really believes that I will develop into a pro in a short amount of time.”

On Kevin Keatts pitch for him to run with the Pack…

“Coach Keatts pitch has been one of belief and confidence. He’s made it clear that he sees me as a one-and-done, or at the maximum, two-and-done player. His pitch included playing me at all the guard spots because of their ability to interchange the one through four positions. He really believes that at NC State I will be as successful as I want to be. He mentioned that he has two scholarships open for my class, and has made it clear that he wants me filling one of those two.”

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NC State’s Kevin Keatts Watches 5-Star PG Jalen Lecque



NC State head coach Kevin Keatts was up at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire) watching 5-Star 2019 Point Guard Jalen Lecque (6’4″/190) today.

ESPN ranks Lecque as the #22 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and the #4 point guard.

NC State seems to have the momentum in Lecque’s recruitment at this point.

5 out of the 7 experts who have submitted their crystal ball predictions over at 247Sports think he will land in Raleigh. That includes national analyst Brian Snow.

Lecque just wrapped up his first official visit this past weekend, and it was at NC State, alongside 4-Star 2019 Small Forward Patrick Williams.

No one recruited Lecque harder this summer than Keatts. Wherever Lecque was playing, Keatts was in attendance, and sometimes with his whole entire coaching staff.

As you can see, Keatts and crew aren’t putting on the brakes.

Lecque’s Top-7 consists of NC State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Louisville, Oregon, TCU and UCLA, and he will be taking his second official visit to Tennessee this weekend.

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