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Kentucky Transfer F Sacha Killeya-Jones Commits to NC State

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Kentucky Transfer Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones just announced that he has committed to NC State.

He took an official visit to NC State last week, and was scheduled to take a visit to Wake Forest over Memorial Day weekend, but that visit is obviously unnecessary now.

Jones is originally a native of Chapel Hill, but played his high school ball at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. After originally committing to UVA, Jones eventually committed to go to Kentucky. Jones was a consensus 5-Star recruit, and ranked as the #23 overall player in the class of 2016.

As a sophomore this past season, Jones played 13.7 minutes per game, and averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds.

This is a huge pickup for the Wolfpack.

Jones will have to sit out this upcoming season, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

In order for Jones to have committed, a scholarship would have had to have become available. I cannot go into detail at this point, but one of the Freshman that was a committed member of the Wolfpack’s 2018 recruiting class will not be enrolling at NC State. 

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2020 4-star SG Cam Thomas took his official visit to NC State this weekend

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While some of the more hardcore State fans like to keep track of which recruits NC State is offering and which ones are listing the Wolfpack as a possibility, when a kid takes an official visit to Raleigh it’s time that all Pack fans should pay attention.

Cam Thomas, a 4-star SG from the 2020 class, used one of his five allotted official visits to check out NC State this past weekend. He toured the facilities, got the pitch and got to check out ‘Primetime with the Pack’.

Thomas has been on Keatts radar for a bit and State has been out to see him play, however, they aren’t alone.

So why is State so heavy on Thomas? First off, let’s look at their roster.

In 2020, Beverly, Devon Daniels and Blake Harris will be seniors, Markell and CJ Bryce will have just graduated,and recent 5-star commit Jalen Lecque will be a sophomore (if he doesn’t go to the NBA). That leaves NC State with a need for a young SG who can learn the ropes and be ready to take over when the seniors leave.

Looking at Cam Thomas’ skillset you see a kid who is showing signs of being an elite 3-level scorer at the ACC level. He’s already a great spot shooter and a very good shooter off the bounce. He’s 6’3 and still has a lot of HS basketball to play. He’s not crazy athletic, but he’s a physical kid for his age, doesn’t shy away from contact, and can finish through it. Picking up Thomas (who likely will rise to 5-star status eventually) would be huge for Keatts and company.

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Ranking Jalen Lecque Among NC State’s Highest Rated Recruits

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NC State landed a major commitment last week from 5-Star 2019 point guard Jalen Lecque. Below we breakdown the Wolfpack’s highest ranked commitments of the past 18 years, and Lecque currently ranks 7th. Obviously, he has his whole entire Senior season to see his ranking rise even higher.

5-star NC State Commitments of the past 15 years

Legend: (247) = 247Sports/ (R) = Rivals/ (E) = ESPN

1) Dennis Smith Jr. – 7 (247)
2) J.J. Hickson – 10 (R)/ 11 (247)/ 14 (E)
2) C.J. Leslie – 10 (247)/ 11 (E)/ 14 (R)
2) Rodney Purvis – 10 (247)/ 12 (R) / 20 (E)
5) T.J. Warren – 17 (R)/ 19 (247)/ 29 (E)
6) Ryan Harrow – 19 (R)/ 25 (247)/ 39 (E)
7) Jalen Lecque – 22 (E)/ 28 (R)/ 29 (247)
8) Brandon Costner – 23 (247)/ 30 (R)
9) Courtney Fells – 24 (R)/ 26 (247)
10) Cat Barber – 25 (247)/ 26 (E)/ 27 (R)
11) Omer Yurtseven – 26 (247)
12) Lorenzo Brown – 29 (247)/ 36 (R)

What does landing a commitment of Lecque’s caliber get you?

Dennis Smith Jr. was the ACC Freshman of the Year. JJ Hickson made the All-ACC Freshman Team. CJ Leslie earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors. TJ Warren was the ACC Player of the Year. Brandon Costner was on the All-ACC Third Team. Cat Barber was First Team All-ACC and an AP All-American Honorable Mention. Omer Yurtseven earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors. Lorenzo Brown earned 2nd & 3rd Team All-ACC honors, and led the ACC in assists in 2012-13.

In a nutshell, Lecque is one of the biggest recruits to commit to NC State in school history, and players of his caliber almost always make an immediate impact.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque to Play in John Wall Holiday Invitational in Raleigh

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational is the pinnacle of high school basketball here in the Triangle every Christmas season, and NC State 2019 5-star point guard commit Jalen Lecque and his Brewster Academy squad will be heading down from New Hampshire to participate in it.

Some of Lecque’s top competition at the Invitational will be 5-Star 2020 Power Forward Isaiah Todd (Trinity Academy of Raleigh), 4-star 2019 FSU commit Patrick Williams (West Charlotte/Charlotte NC), 4-Star 2019 Providence commit Greg Gantt (Trinity Christian/Fayetteville, NC), 4-star 2020 Shooting Guard Zach Harvey (Prolific Prep/Napa, CA), 3-star 2021 Point Guard Carter Whitt (Leesville Rd/Raleigh, NC), 5-star 2019 Florida Commit Scottie Lewis (Ranney Prep School/New Jersey), 5-star 2019 Villanova commit Bryan Antoine (Ranney Prep School/New Jersey), and 4-star 2022 Point Guard Jaden Bradley (Canon School/Concord, NC).

The 48th annual Holiday Invitational will be on December 26-29th at Broughton High School in Raleigh. Wolfpack fans, go ahead and plan to buy your tickets and watch the future of NC State basketball.

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4-Star SF Patrick Williams Announcing College Choice Today

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4-Star 2019 Small Forward Patrick Williams (6’7”/180) will be announcing his college decision today.

Williams listed NC State in his Top-10 along with Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, Texas, Clemson, Louisville, Arizona, Florida State and Ohio State in August.

Out of all of those schools, Williams has only taken officials to NC State and Florida State. Williams took his official visit to Raleigh with Jalen Lecque, who committed to NC State earlier this week.

Williams plays for West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, NC), and is ranked by ESPN as the #46 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

The popular thought is that Williams will commit to Florida State today, with 100% of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Projections pointing that direction, but we will have to wait and see.

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