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

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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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Kevin Keatts is Watching 4-Star Christian Brown Today

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NC State Head Coach Kevin is in Columbia, South Carolina watching 4-Star 2019 Small Forward Christian Brown (6’6”/210) at the Bojangles Bash.

Brown transferred from Lower Richmond (Columbia, South Carolina) to the prestigious Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) for his Senior season.

NC State made Brown’s Top-7 back in May along with Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, UNLV, Seton Hall and Florida. He has already taken official visits to Georgia, Clemson and UNLV, with two more remaining.

ESPN ranks Brown as the #58 overall player in the 2019 class.

NC State will need to get one of Brown’s two remaining official visits to put themselves in a good position to land Brown. With Brown now in Virginia, Keatts and his crew have an increased advantage, with their wealth of experience recruiting in the commonwealth.

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Kevin Keatts Watched 5-Star Jaden Springer Play Last Night

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts was in the bleachers last night watching 5-Star 2020 Shooting Guard Jaden Springer (6’4”/195).

Springer was the #1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina last season (Rocky River High School, Charlotte) before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his Junior season.

NC State offered Springer on August 29th, 2017, and as of April, the Wolfpack were won’t of the Top-5 schools recruiting him the hardest.

Springer took an unofficial visit to NC State on September 30th of last year.

ESPN ranks Springer as the #9 player in the 2020 class, and the #3 shooting guard. 247Sports ranks him as the #3 player in the state of Florida.

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NC State’s Kevin Keatts Watches 4-Star Henry Coleman

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts was watching 4-star 2020 Small Forward Henry Coleman (6’7”/205) last night.

Coleman plays for Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, and is ranked as the #40 overall player in the 2020 class according to ESPN. They also rank him as the #9 Small Forward, and the #4 player in the state of Virginia. He also plays AAU ball with Team Loaded Virginia.

Kevin Keatts has already cashed in on his Virginia roots and coaching experience in the commonwealth three times. Both DJ Funderburk and Braxton Beverly played at Hargrave Military Academy where he used to coach, and Sacha Killeya-Jones actually played at Virginia Episcopal like Coleman, before committing to Kentucky.

Coleman took an unofficial visit to NC State in January, was offered in May, and too another unofficial in Raleigh for a football game. Since visiting the Wolfpack at the end of September, he has taken unofficial visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State.

He holds offers from NC State, Kansas, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Penn St., Pitt, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Clemson, Georgetown, Wake Forest, VCU, TCU, and others.

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Jalen Lecque Talks to Evan Daniels About NC State and the NBA

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2019 5-star point guard NC State commit Jalen Lecque is verbally committed to the Wolfpack, but he has the ability to go straight to the NBA after his prep year at Brewster Academy. This past weekend Lecque and his Brewster crew were at the National Prep Showcase, and 12 NBA teams were in attendance scouting him. Lecque caught up with 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, and talked NC State and his NBA future.

“I’m not really focused on the NBA right now,” Lecque said. “I’m focused on my first step first with high school. The next step is college. I’m getting everything out of the way. Graduate and looking to perform my best every game.”

“Education can take you really far,” he said. “If the ball stops right now God forbid, I’d have an education if I went to school. I don’t think the G League is in my favor. Not knocking it down or anything, but I don’t think it’s for me.” (247)

NC State fans can go ahead and bank on living with anxiety from now until the Spring, because that’s when he will make his decision regarding next year.

“That wouldn’t come for a while,” he said. “Just being so early in the year and me developing as a point guard and becoming a more scorer and passing and getting everyone involved I think I need more time.” (247)

Lecque told Daniels that he would probably be signing his letter of intent to play at NC State by the end of the early signing period tomorrow.

“I have the papers and stuff, so I’ll probably be doing that over Thanksgiving break,” Lecque said.

“I believe so, but I’m not too sure,” he added when pressed about signing. (247)

 

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