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CJ Williams signs 3-year deal with Clippers

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Former Wolfpacker, CJ Williams has achieved his dream. The 6’5 guard has signed a 3 year deal with the Los Angelas Clippers.

This elevates Williams from a 2-way player to a full-on NBA player.

He made his mark with the Clippers this season, playing in 36 games and averaging 5.3 points per game.

He had some big games and really came on late, putting up 18 vs the Grizzlies and nailing a game-winning 3 against the Hawks. Williams started a handful of games and really became a trusted member of the team, providing a quality scorer who would defend and protect the basketball.

However, just as he was hitting his stride, his 2-way contract expired and he was forced to go back down to the G-League. This put the Clippers in a tight spot where they had to figure out just what to do with him. They had the choice to sign him, cut him or send him down. Luckily, they sent him down, but had the long term plan to sign him to a full deal.

ESPN saw this story of an undrafted kid who never really had the NBA label on him in college, work his way up through the G-League and force the NBA’s hand. They ran an in-depth piece on him a couple months ago, detailing that journey.

CJ Williams, the 3 star out of Jack Britt HS in Fayetteville, who played 4 years at NC State, and who never gave up when went undrafted, has just signed a deal that will likely change his entire life.

Congrats CJ! Wolfpack Nation is proud!

We will report details of the deal when they become available.

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Help TJ Warren Help the State of North Carolina

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As you’re well aware, our beloved state of North Carolina experienced, and is still experiencing mass devastation from Hurricane Florence. NC State shared how you can help them help those that are hurting yesterday.

In times like this, there are always many ways you can help, and another way you can help is through partnering with former NC State ACC Player of the Year, and current member of the Phoenix Suns, TJ Warren.

He is making a donation through Habitat for Humanity, and he’s asking you to join him. Click here to do so.

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WATCH: Trea Turner sets Nationals record with 40th steal, eyes 20/40 club

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Former NC State SS Trea Turner is having himself some kind of season for the Washington Nationals.

Just last night, the 4th year star swiped his 40th bag.

That makes two consecutive years with 40 steals, and that sets a Nationals record.

What makes it even sweeter is that Turner’s steal came after he was just hit in the head by a pitch…

Now that he eclipsed the 40 steal mark (which leads the majors) he is eying 20 homers. However, with only 10 games left to play, Turner needs to leave the yard 3 more times. That would put him in the elite ranks of the 20/40 club.

“I try to take pride in everything I do,” Turner said. “To be able to lead in any category whatever it might be–maybe not strikeouts–I think is an accomplishment.” (Washington Post)

We’ll bee keeping close tabs on the former Wolfpacker as he continues to climb his way into the Nationals’ record books.

 

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Bradley Chubb is the Highest Graded Top-10 Pick Through 2 Games

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We are through 2 weeks of the 2018 NFL season, and former NC State All-American Defensive End Bradley Chubb has lived up to the hype. His ProFootballFocus grade of 76.6 through 2 games is the highest of any player drafted in the Top-10 of this summer’s draft.

2018 SEASON GRADE: 76.6
Through two games, Chubb has played 102 of his team’s 122 defensive snaps and has produced eight total quarterback pressures from his 49 snaps as a pass-rusher. As productive as he’s been as a pass-rusher, Chubb’s best work has come against the run, where he’s already tallied four defensive stops – the most among rookie edge defenders. (PFF)

Chubb has adjusted well to the switch to Linebacker, and he’s only scratching the surface.

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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 2 Recap

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Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 10 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

QB Philip Rivers (Starter) was 23 of 27 for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns (no interceptions) in the Chargers 31-20 victory over the Bills. His QB Rating was an absurd 143.2.

RB Nyheim Hines scored his 1st career NFL touchdown (8-yards), helping the Colts beat the Redskins 21-9. He finished the game with 4 carries for 7 yards, and 1 reception for -2 yards.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) has had a rough start to the 2018 season, as have the Seahawks. Yesterday he was 23 of 36 for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 interception that went for a pick-six) in the Seahawks 17-24 loss to the Bears. His QB Rating was 86.1. Wilson has been sacked 6 times in each of the first two games in 2018.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 3 tackles in the Broncos 20-19 victory over the Raiders.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 1 tackle for the Chargers as a reserve in their 31-20 win over the Bills.

Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) started for the Giants 13-20 loss to the Cowboys, but didn’t record any stats.

Ted Larsen (Starter) started at Center for the Miami Dolphins in their 20-12 victory over the New York Jets. Larsen has seen action in both games this season, but this was his first start.

Joe Thuney (Starter) started at Left Guard for the Patriots as usual, and the Pats suffered an unexpected loss to the Jaguars 20-31.

Offensive Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started once again for the Seahawks in their 17-24 loss to the Bears.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) was connected on both of his field goal (40 and 43) attempts and extra point attempts in the Bill’s 20-31 loss to the Chargers.

Inactive
Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels (healthy)
Jets CB Juston Burris (healthy)
Packers S Josh Jones (ankle injury)
Chargers DT T.Y. McGill
Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (healthy)
Cardinals QB Mike Glennon (healthy)
Jaguars OT Will Richardson
Seahawks CB Dontae Johnson (IR)

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