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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 Makes Final-5 for 4-Star F Keon Ambrose-Hylton, Sets Official Visit

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4-Star 2020 F Keon Ambrose-Hylton (6’8″/200) revealed his Final-5 schools today, and NC State made the cut along with Arkansas, Alabama, Dayton, and USC.

According to Patrick O’Brien at Phenom Hoops, Ambrose-Hylton will be taking an Official Visit to NC State next weekend (September 27-29). He also has Official Visits scheduled to the rest of the schools in his Final 5 as well (He already took one to Dayton).

Here’s what he told O’Brien about the Wolfpack:

NC State: “Great team, great transition.  Head coach Kevin Keatts has stated I will make a huge impact in my freshman year.  The Wolfpack seems insane, they definitely go hard for their team.” (PH)

Ambrose-Hylton is listed as a Power Forward by 247Sports and Rivals, while ESPN lists him as a Small Forward. ESPN ranks Ambrose as the #58 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, the #13 small forward, and the #1 player in the state of Ontario, Canada. 247Sports ranks him as the #13 Power Forward in 2020.

NC State was late to the party, offering Ambrose-Hylton less than 2 weeks ago (September 9), but they must have made quite the impression.

Ambrose-Hylton plays for Andrews Osborne Academy in Toronto, Canada.

According to O’Brien, Ambrose-Hylton plans on making his decision in early November.

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NC State Makes Final-2 for 4-Star Demarr Langford, Decision Coming this Weekend

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4-Star wing Demarr Langford just eliminated Texas A&M from his list, leaving only NC State and Boston College.

Langford was scheduled to take an Official Visit to Texas A&M this upcoming weekend, but that is cancelled now, because he will be announcing his decision this weekend.

Rivals ranks Langford as the #80 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #20 Small Forward. 247Sports ranks him as the #15 Shooting Guard, and ESPN ranks him as the #1 player in the state of New Hampshire.

NC State offered Langford on August 20th.

All signs are pointing to Langford committing to Boston College. He plays for Brewster Academy up in New Hampshire, and his brother Makai Ashton-Langford transferred from Providence to BC this Summer. All 5 of the Crystal Ball predictions over at 247Sports have Langford flying with the Golden Eagles, including Cory Smith from NC State affiliate Pack Pride, who cast his vote today. Also, Andrew Slater who is the author of the tweet above, also cast his vote.

 

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NC State Checking Out 4-Star Cliff Omoruyi Today

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NC State’s coaching staff will be in to see 2020 4-Star Center Cliff Omoruyi (6’11″/235) this afternoon.

NC State offered Omoruyi back on June 30th of last year. He took an Official Visit to Auburn last weekend, and is scheduled to take one to TCU this weekend.

247Sports ranks Omoruyi as the #41 overall player in the 2020 class, the #8 Center, and the #2 player in the state of New Jersey. Omoruyi plays for Roselle Catholic.

Kentucky, UCONN, Memphis, Pitt, Miami, Rutgers, Arizona State, Temple and others have all been in to see him in the past week.

He might be releasing a list of his final schools on October 11th.

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Kevin Keatts was in to see 4-Star C John Hugley IV

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NC State’s coaching staff was in to visit with 4-Star 2020 Center John Hugley IV yesterday.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts was in to see Hugley last week as well on Monday, when the Recruiting Period opened. Hugley was in Raleigh for an Official Visit the first weekend of September. He is scheduled to take Official Visits to Pitt and Miami over the next two weekends.

It’s clear that NC State wants to add a big man in the 2020 class, and they obviously have made Hugley a priority, now seeing him three weeks in a row.

247Sports ranks Hugley as the #73 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and Rivals ranks him 93rd. 247 also ranks him as the #11 Center in the nation, and the #2 player in the state of Ohio.

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