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WATCH: 6’9 NC State commit Ian Steere knocks down 7 straight 3s from DEEP



Ian Steere might be one of the most vicious dunkers in the 2018 class. He’s 6’9, has a 40 inch vertical and weighs in at 260lbs. So you can imagine most coaches telling him to get in the paint and stay in the paint. But, what if he could also step out and drain 3s at a consistent clip?

Well, he can.

Most analysts noted that Steere had good form on his jumper and the ability to knock the 15 footer, but none that we saw projected him as a guy who could consistently step out and hit the 3 ball.

We did, did note that the fact of him being a former Creighton commit hinted that some scouts may have seen potential in his ability to extend the defense with his jumper (Creighton almost always targets skilled bigs who can shoot).

We saw last year how the NC State offense was tough to stop when Yurtseven was able to pick and pop and knock down open 3s. It seems as if Steere saw the same thing and is adding a new wrinkle to his game.

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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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