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Breaking Down NC State’s 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Roster



Let’s face it.

There’s a good chance you can’t name all of the players on NC State’s 2018-19 Men’s Basketball roster, and that’s completely understandable.

With the commitment of Sacha Killeya-Jones yesterday, NC State’s roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

Here is a breakdown of the Wolfpack’s 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Roster:

4 players graduated or finished their years of college basketball eligibility: Allerik Freeman, Sam Hunt, Malik Abu, and Lennard Freeman.

2 players transferred: Omer Yurtseven and Lavar Batts.

1 player decommitted/was released from his letter of intent: 2018 signee Saddiiq Bey.

Only 3 players from last year’s lineup are returning: Torin Dorn, Markell Johnson, and Braxton Beverly.

3 players are incoming freshman in the 2018 recruiting class: Manny Bates, Ian Steere and Jericole Hellems.

2 players are graduate transfers: Wyatt Walker and Eric Lockett.

3 players sat out last season (or part of the season) and are now eligible to play for the Wolfpack: CJ Bryce, Devon Daniels and Blake Harris.

1 player transferred from a Junior College and is eligible to play in 2018-19: Derek Funderburk

1 player just transferred, and will sit out the 2018-19 season: Sacha Killeya-Jones

2018-19 NC State Men’s Basketball Roster
Torin Dorn (6’5”/210) – Senior – 1 year of eligibility – 13.9 points & 6.5 rebounds in 2017-18
Eric Lockett (6’5”/189) – Graduate – 1 year of eligibility – 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds & 3.1 assists in 2017-18 at FIU
Wyatt Walker (6’8”/230) – Graduate – 2 years of eligibility – 12.9 points & 9.7 rebounds in 2016-17 are Samford
Markell Johnson (6’1”/165) – PG – Junior – 2 years of eligibility – 8.9 points & 7.3 assists in 2017-18
CJ Bryce (6’5”/180) – RS Junior (4th year in college) – 2 years of eligibility – 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds & 3.0 assists in 2016-17 at UNCW under Kevin Keatts
Sacha Killeya-Jones (6’10”/230) – RS Sophomore – 2 years of eligibility – 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 2017-18 at Kentucky – WILL SIT OUT 2018-19 DUE TO TRANSFER
Devon Daniels (6’5”/190) – RS Sophomore – 3 years of eligibility – 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 2016-17 at Utah
Braxton Beverly (6’0”/180) – Sophomore – 3 years of eligibility – 9.5 points and 3.9 assists in 2017-18
Blake Harris (6’3”/195) – Sophomore (Will sit 1st semester of 2018-19 due to transfer) – 3.5 years of eligibility – 3.8 points and 3.1 assists in 2017-18 at Missouri
Derek Funderburk (6’9”/205) – RS Sophomore – 3 years of eligibility- 11.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in 2017-18 at Northwest Florida State College (JC) – Originally a Ohio State commit who redshirted his first season there.
Manny Bates (6’9”/215) – Freshman – 4-Star recruit – #80 overall player, #7 player in North Carolina & #8 Center overall in the 2018 class according to ESPN
Ian Steere (6’9”/261) – Freshman – 4-Star recruit – #106 overall player, #8 player in North Carolina and #11 Center in the 2018 class according to 247Sports
Jericole Hellems (6’6”/195) – Freshman – 4-Star recruit – #117 overall player, #3 player in Missouri & #30 Small Forward in the 2018 recruiting class according to 247Sports

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NC State Moved up to #31 in the NET Rankings After Syracuse



NC State moved up 6 spots, from #37 to #31, in the NET Rankings after beating Syracuse 73-58 on Wednesday night. 

The NET Rankings have replaced the RPI as the primary shaper of the NCAA Tournament field.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, which will be known as the NET, relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.

The NET was built to create a ranking system that was as accurate as possible while also evaluating team performance fairly. To ensure fairness, certain types of data were omitted from the model. Of key importance, game date and order were omitted to give equal importance to both early and late-season games. In addition, a cap of 10 points was applied to the winning margin to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain. (NCAA)

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball ACC Slate for the Next 3 Years



The ACC released the conference schedules for Men’s Basketball for the next three years today.

Why is that noteworthy?

Well, beginning next year, the ACC slate will increase from 18 games to 20 games.

Here’s a look at what conference play will look like for the Wolfpack the next three seasons.

It’s worth noting that NC State will play the team that wears dark blue over in Durham twice tomorrow.

The 20-game ACC slate is locked in for three years.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones is No Longer on NC State’s Basketball Team



Former Kentucky player and 5-Star prospect in High School, Sacha Killeya-Jones, is no longer a member of the NC State Men’s Basketball team.

Under transfer rules, Killeya-Jones is sitting out this season as a redshirt, and would have had two years of eligibility left in Raleigh.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts addressed Killeya-Jones’ absence from the bench last night after the game.

(Sacha) Killeya-Jones is currently not a member of our program and that’s all I can say right now. (Link)

Exactly why he is no longer a member of the program is unclear at this point.

Killeya-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.

Standing 6’11”, Killeya-Jones was a big component of the future of NC State’s frontcourt. This year, the Wolfpack have no depth in this area, with Wyatt Walker (GR JR) and DJ Funderburk (RS SO) serving as the only “big men.” Next year was going to be a luxury, with both Walker and Funderburk returning, and the addition of Killeya-Jones and Manny Bates (FR), who had shoulder surgery this season.

NC State still has 2 scholarships available in 2019. The Wolfpack coaching staff is in hot pursuit of Christian Brown, and has space to add a big man alongside of him.


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NC State’s Eric Lockett Charged With Assault, Suspended Indefinetly




Graduate Senior Eric Lockett wasn’t with his NC State teammates last night in their 73-58 victory over Syracuse because he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend on Tuesday night.

He was arrested this morning.

Before last night’s game, NC State released that Lockett wasn’t with the team due to a “personal matter.”

After the game when asked, Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts didn’t have any further comment.

“I won’t comment on (Eric) Lockett or (Blake) Harris further than what we’ve released.” (Link)

Lockett came to NC State this offseason as a Graduate Transfer from Florida International. He has played in 22 games (starting 2) for the Wolfpack this year, averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.

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