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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 vs. Mercer Tip-off Time Moved Back



RALEIGH, NC – The NC State men’s basketball game against Mercer on Saturday, Nov. 24 will now tipoff at 5:30 pm.

The game originally scheduled for 2:00 pm was moved to allow fans the opportunity to attend the NC State football game at UNC-Chapel Hill. The football game against the Tar Heels will kickoff at 12:20.

The basketball game will still be shown on ACC Network Extra.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Signs #7 Class in the Nation



It was a good day for the NC State Women’s Basketball program yesterday. A really good day.

6th-year head coach Wes Moore celebrated four 2019 prospects signing their letter of intent to run with the Pack yesterday.

Currently, ESPN ranks the NC State’s 2019 recruiting class 7th nationally.

5-Star Wing Jakia Brown-Turner (6’0″) is the #17 overall player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 19.7 points per game for Bishop McNamara High School (Oxon Hill, Maryland) as a Junior.

Wes Moore: “Jakia is a big-time scoring threat. She can really stroke the three, is explosive, and has the size to take people off the bounce to get to the rim and finish against contact. She is used to winning, both in high school and with Team Takeover during travel ball. She’s someone who we are really excited about from the standpoint of being able to count on her as a consistent scorer. She scores in so many ways. She has good size, good athleticism, and is someone who can really fill up a scoresheet.” (GoPack)

5-Star Forward Jada Boyd (6’2″) is the #32 overall player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged a gaudy 35.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.5 blocks, and 4.1 steals per game as a junior for Appomattox County High School (Petersberg, Virginia). Boyd was the Virginia Class 1 Player of the Year last season.

Wes Moore: “Jada Boyd is a strong forward who is a relentless rebounder on both ends of the floor. She is strong inside and can also step out and shoot the three. She’s going to create matchup problems for people because of her ability to score inside and out. She brings a toughness and a presence out there and we feel like she will be able to be a double-double type player, much like (former NC State 1,000-point scorer) Chelsea Nelson. Having played a major role for a strong BooWilliams program, she too is used to success.” (GoPack)

3-Star Camille Hobby (6’1″) is the #18 post-player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior for Nease High School (Jacksonville, Florida).

Wes Moore: “Camille has good strength on the block and plays extremely hard. She can score in a variety of ways, whether it be inside with post moves or from the trail position with a soft touch on the three. She’s someone who works hard on the court, works hard in preparation, and puts in the time that it takes to play at the ACC level. Consequently, she’ll keep getting better.” (GoPack)

3-Star Kendal Moore (5’6″) is the #27 point guard in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 21.2 points, 6.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game as a junior for Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, North Carolina).

Wes Moore: “Kendal has a high motor and is someone who is going to get the ball and push it in transition. She can be a facilitator at the point position, much like a quarterback running the team, but can also put up some points. She takes people off the bounce and either creates her own shot or sets up teammates. She can also knock down the three, and competes on every play. She will lead by example, much as she did with a good Carolina Flames team.” (GoPack)

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NC State’s Opening 3-Game Dominance Breaks ACC Record



The NC State Men’s Basketball team has started off the season 3-0 It’s not the record that’s most noteworthy, but the way in which they have won.

The Wolfpack have defeated their opponents by an average of 49 points.

Mount Saint Mary’s – 105-55 – 50 points
Maryland Eastern Shore – 95-49 – 46 point
UNC-Asheville – 100-49 – 51 points.

They became the 1st team in ACC history to win their opening 3 games by 46+ points.

This has come as a result of an offensive explosion, and a defensive onslaught.

The last time the Wolfpack scored 90+ points in three consecutive games was back in 1995-96. Also, NC State has held their opponents to 33.3% or lower shooting from the field through three games. The Wolfpack didn’t hold a single opponent to that poor of shooting all last season.

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Arena at Reynolds Coliseum to be Named After Jimmy V



In 1949, Reynolds Coliseum was opened, named after businessman and sportsman William Neal Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 2007, the basketball court in Reynolds Coliseum was named after Hall of Fame NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow.

On December 5th, the arena at Reynolds Coliseum will be named after legendary Men’s Basketball Coach Jimmy V. It will officially be called James T. Valvano Arena. The dedication will take place prior to the annual heritage game, with the Wolfpack hosting Western Carolina.

Valvano was the coach at NC State for 10 years (1980-90), leading the Cardiac Pack to a national championship in 1983.

He also led the Wolfpack to two ACC Tournament Championships (1983 & 1987) and two ACC Regular Season Championships (1985 & 1989).

The Wolfpack advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 7 of his 10 seasons:

1 National Championship
2 Elite Eights
1 Sweet 16

“Coach Valvano captured the hearts of Wolfpack fans with his coaching success and dynamic personality,” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “Thanks to a small group of NC State alums, we can further memorialize his contributions through this naming opportunity in his beloved Reynolds Coliseum.” (GoPack)

Valvano was diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma in June of 1992. On February 21, 1993, Jimmy V made his final visit to the Old Barn, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the 1983 National Championship, and he gave a speech that included his famous line “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up”, which he made famous at the first ESPY Awards that same year.

The legend passed away on April 28th that year.

You can still buy tickets to the 2018 Heritage Game here.


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