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

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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 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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