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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 80 UNCG 77: BOX SCORE



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Markell Johnson’s Half Court Dagger Beats UNCG at the Buzzer, 80-77



Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson likes half court shots, hitting 2 in the past 3 games.

After sinking one at the buzzer against Wisconsin heading into the half, the Wolfpack took the lead, and would never lose it.

Today, responding to Isaiah Miller’s basket to tie the game at 77, Johnson inbounded the ball with 2.1 seconds left, and heaved the ball from a couple of yards behind the half court line, and the ball touched nothing but net, securing an 80-77 victory for the Wolfpack.

Johnson finished with 19 points and 7 assists, which were both team highs, shooting a clean 8 of 14 from the field. This was another example of “2nd Half Markell”, scoring 14 of his 19 points after the break.

The Wolfpack led every minute of the first half, but they allowed the Spartans to make it a tight game at the break. After leading by 12 points with 6 minutes to go in the half, NC State allowed the home team to make it a 1-point game at the break.

The story was the same in the second half. The Spartans took the lead quickly at the start, leading for the first three minutes (by 5 points at one point), but the Wolfpack quickly grabbed control again, leading by 13 points with 10 minutes left. Unfortunately, they didn’t do what was necessary from keeping the scrappy home team from  creeping back into the game.

NC State didn’t maintain fundamentals, failing to block out UNCG all game long, allowing the Spartans to grab 18  offensive boards, compared to only 2 of their own. UNCG scored 17 second chance points, compared to NC State’s 4.

If it wasn’t for the sharpshooting of the Wolfpack, this could have been a very different game. NC State shot an impressive 57% from the field, 46% from three, and 100% from the charity stripe. UNCG got to the free throw line more, out rebounded the Wolfpack (37/23), and turned the ball over less (12/13).

Redshirt Senior Guard C.J. Bryce quietly did what he’s done all year, scoring 17 points, on 6 of 10 shooting (2-4 3PT).

Graduate Senior Pat Andree had the hot hand at the beginning of each halves, connecting on 5 of his 8 three-point attempts, finishing with a season-high 15 points in his second start of the year.

The Wolfpack improved to 8-2, and will play at #10 undefeated Auburn on Thursday night.



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#9 NC State Women’s Basketball Beats Elon 62-49



The 9th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team improved to 10-0 this afternoon, beating in-state foe Elon (3-5) 62-49 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Outside of Sophomore Center Elissa Cunane and Junior Forward Kayla Jones, the Wolfpack shot terribly. As a team, the Wolfpack shot 36.2% from the field (Elon did as well), and a dismal 19.2% from three, compared to the Phoenix’s 27.8%.

Cunane entered the game ranked 12th in the nation in double-doubles, picking up her 4th consecutive one this afternoon. In a career day, the Sophomore had 28 points (career high) and 16 rebounds. Cunane was 9 of 15 from the field.

Jones had 12 points and 7 rebounds, on 5 of 8 shooting.

Even though Senior Guard Aislinn Konig didn’t shoot well, she did hit three more three-pointers, moving her into a tie for 3rd in school history with Myisha Goodwin-Coleman with 234.

After today’s victory, NC State has now won 35 consecutive non-conference games in Reynolds.

Also, it’s worth noting that today was head coach Wes Moore’s 150th victory at NC State.

The Wolfpack will host Chattanooga on Thursday night at 6:30pm, for their last non-conference game of the regular season.

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NC State Men’s Basketball is a 1.5-Point Favorite Over UNCG



NC State (7-2) will head to Greensboro today to play UNCG (8-2), and the Wolfpack currently sit as 1.5-point favorites, after opening as 2.5-point favorites. The Total is sitting at 136.

NC State is 5-4 Against the Spread this season, and UNCG is 6-3.

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  • North Carolina State are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games.
  • North Carolina State are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
  • North Carolina State are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against UNC Greensboro.
  • North Carolina State are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games against UNC Greensboro.
  • North Carolina State are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
  • North Carolina State are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games this season.
  • North Carolina State are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games against an opponent in the Southern conference.
  • North Carolina State are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games played in December.


  • UNC Greensboro are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UNC Greensboro’s last 10 games.
  • UNC Greensboro are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
  • UNC Greensboro are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games at home.
  • UNC Greensboro are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of UNC Greensboro’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • UNC Greensboro are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games played in December.
  • UNC Greensboro are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games played on a Sunday. (OddShark)

This marks the 9th time these two teams have played one another since 2006, and the Wolfpack have been favored in every single game.

UNCG upset the Wolfpack two years ago in Raleigh in Kevin Keatts first year, beating the home team by 5, despite being 8.5-point underdogs.

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