NC State head coach Kevin Keatts spoke with the media today about the Wolfpack’s upcoming trip to Wichita to face Seton Hall this Thursday. You can watch it here, or check it out in bulleted format below.
- Excited about the opportunity. NC State hasn’t gone the past couple of years. Huge for us. Most of the guys on this team haven’t played on this big of a stage. Al Freeman played three years in the dance, Malik and Lennard once as Freshmen.
- We have our work cut out for us with so many inexperienced guys.
- From a coaching and staff perspective, this will be their third NCAA in as many years. They’ve done a tremendous job.
- Seton Hall gets out in transition, and shoots the ball well. Elite big guys. Mix up defense. Swagger and toughness.
- They start 4 guys who have played in back-to-back NCAA’s. They’re hungry.
- In the press conference they said Desi Rodriguez’s ankle was 75%, which means he will be 95%. I expect him to be at full strength. He’s good. Matchup problem. He has great size and will post our little guys up. He can get to the basket and is the emotional leader.
- We are going to go and have more fun than the other 67 teams this week. We will prepare, and I want them to be excited. Want them to do what they have done all year: play hard and compete.
- It means a lot to do this in the first year. If you look at how we started, picked 12th in the ACC, the way we started ACC play, and then finished tied for 3rd.
- You could have your best team here at NC State and may not win 11 conference games. Excited about what these guys did in a short period of time.
- This means everything to Sam Hunt. Such a wonderful and humble kid. NC kid that grew up an ACC guy and is playing with NC State in the NCAA tournament. Hope he’s so excited that he hits 6 threes in a game.
- We have to compete like it’s your last game. Leave it all on the floor for 40 minutes. Don’t worry about the next game. Don’t worry about rest. Live in the moment.
- Against BC we didn’t play well in the first half, but 2nd half was more of our identity. Played well. We didn’t fly around enough on defense. We didn’t hit shots at the beginning, and weren’t able to get in our press. I thought we just missed shots. Omer missed chippies. Don’t think it was the big stage. I know I’m fighting the NC State Stuff. This wasn’t STUFF. We missed shots. Give BC credit. They played good.
- Georgia Tech was a game of different styles, & they played good basketball.
- Gave the guys a couple of days off. Practiced for an hour and fifteen minutes yesterday. They were business like. Played hard. These guys have moved on from the loss. From a coaching stand point, it’s harder to move on.
NC State SS Will Wilson is the #28 2019 MLB Draft Prospect
NC State Junior Shortstop Will Wilson is currently the #28 2019 Major League Baseball Draft prospect.
“For the second time in five years, North Carolina State could have a shortstop selected in the first round. Wilson isn’t as tooled up as Trea Turner or the other top shortstops in a deep college crop, but he has a high floor as a steady up-the-middle defender with surprising power. He was one of four players to hit 10 or more homers in Atlantic Coast Conference games in 2018, joining Giants No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart, Astros first-rounder Seth Beer and Blue Jays second-rounder Griffin Conine.
Though he’s not physically imposing, Wilson has quick hands and deceptive strength that give him at least above-average raw power. A right-handed hitter, he has a knack for putting the barrel on the ball. He shows the ability to hit for average and power, though he could stand to draw a few more walks.
The biggest knock on Wilson is his below-average speed. Most big league shortstops run better than that, though some scouts think he can stay at the position because he has quick actions and hands. Others believe his speed and average arm will land him at second base, where he played as a freshman and still would profile well offensively.” (MLB)
Last year Wilson earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, and was a 2nd Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball).
VIDEO: Funderburk talks big night, versatility, and running in practice (BULLETED)
DJ Funderburk scored 20 points in his NC State debut and went 7-7 from the floor (and 5-5 from the line). The 6’9 transfer met with the media after the game to discuss. Above is the full video and below are the bulleted highlights.
- Loves the system. Loves the coaching staff. They make the team comfortable and it helps the team play better.
- Running a lot in practice, but it’s paying off. Don’t get tired in the game. Need to keep striving, but going to keep running.
- At halftime, coach told us it was 0-0 and told us that if they got 70 points we were going to have to run. That was an extra incentive. Kept grinding all game.
- Really there isn’t position names or titles. Everyone is versatile. Can switch 1 through 5 all game.
- Need to keep improving. Have to work on shot, handle, conditioning. Teammates helped get me the ball in the right spots.
- Patterns his mentally after Kevin Garnett. Patterns his game after Lamar Odom, Kevin Durant and Magic Johnson, because of their versatility.
NC State Releases 2019 Baseball Schedule
RALEIGH, N.C. – After guiding NC State baseball to a 40-win season and top-25 finish in the rankings last year, Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent announced the program’s 2019 schedule Thursday afternoon.
The Wolfpack’s slate is highlighted by 31 home games at Doak Field at Dail Park and 25 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Additionally, NC State will play 32 games versus teams that finished 2018 ranked among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.
With last season’s top-25 finish, NC State has either finished or began the year among the top 25 of a major poll in each of the past 16 seasons under Avent’s leadership.
The Wolfpack will open the season with a home series against Bucknell (Feb. 15-17) before a midweek matchup at Elon. NC State will travel to Conway, S.C., on the second weekend of the year to battle Michigan State, Kent State and the host Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
Following a midweek game at Campbell, the Pack welcomes nationally-ranked Minnesota, the Big Ten Champions that advanced to NCAA Super Regionals, to Doak Field for a three-game series from March 1-3.
NC State opens ACC play at home against Pittsburgh (March 8-10) and hosts Florida State in its second weekend of conference play from March 15-17. The Wolfpack will also welcome Virginia, Louisville and Clemson to Doak Field for home ACC series this season.
The Pack will begin its conference road slate at Miami (March 22-24). NCSU also makes road trips to Boston College, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and UNC-Chapel Hill.
NC State will play four games at current Minor League Baseball ballparks, including two at BB&T Ballpark (Home of the Charlotte Knights) and one each at TicketReturn.com Field (Home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans) and First National Bank Field (Home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers).
Additionally, the schedule features a matchup with North Carolina Central at the historic Durham Athletic Park.
The 2019 ACC Championship will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for the second consecutive season from May 21-26. NCAA Regionals begin May 31 and the College World Series (CWS) convenes at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park from June 15-26.
NC State returns a strong core of players to the 2019 squad after making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2018 and 16th in the last 21 seasons.
2019 NC State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be found on GoPack.com/Pack9Tickets.
2018 NCAA Tournament Teams on NC State’s Schedule
Minnesota (Advanced to Super Regional)
South Carolina (Advanced to Super Regional)
Tennessee Tech (Advanced to Super Regional)
UNC-Chapel Hill (Advanced to College World Series)
2018 NCAA Top 100 Final RPI Teams on NC State’s Schedule
UNC-Chapel Hill (3)
Florida State (3)
Tennessee Tech (1)
Coastal Carolina (2)
South Carolina (1)
Kent State (1)
Wake Forest (3)
Details emerging on Elliot Avent’s new contract
As we reported yesterday, The NC State Board of Trustees approved a new contract for head baseball coach Elliot Avent.
What was not reported was the amount he’ll be getting after 42-18 season and 2nd place ACC finish. WRAL’s Jeff Gravely chimed in with this last night…
— Jeff Gravley (@jgravleyWRAL) September 21, 2018
$500,000 for a base salary is very good in the world of ACC college baseball. If you want to compare, we can look at Clemson’s Monta Lee, who led the Tigers to a 47-16 season and a 1st place ACC finish.
Lee will be paid $460,000 this year and next year, $480,000 in 2020-2021 and $500,000 in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
So Lee wins the ACC, but still won’t be making that ‘Elliot Avent money’ until 2021.
Meanwhile, Avent is really starting to build something special at NC State.
The Pack finished the year ranked No. 22 in the D1 Baseball Poll, which marks the 16th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25 of a major poll. The Pack also made history with four players selected in the top-10 rounds of the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.
In 2013, he led the Wolfpack to the College World Series (CWS) and has taken NC State to the NCAA Tournament in 17 of his 22 seasons at the helm, including 14 of the last 16 seasons.
Avent is the winningest head coach in program history and is just one of 17 active NCAA Division I baseball head coaches with 1,000 or more career wins. The 2019 season will be his 23rd leading the Wolfpack. (NC State Release)
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