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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 Men’s Basketball Returns the 8th Most Production in 2020



NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will experience a luxury this year, that they lacked in abundance last year: returning production.

The Wolfpack is returning the 8th most production from last year amongst all of the Power 5 schools.

Power 5 teams with the most returning production

Colorado 94.1%, 50/1 odds to make Final Four
Notre Dame 89%, 75/1
Maryland 83.3%, 6/1
Illinois 81.6%. 25/1
Oklahoma State 76.2%, 75/1
Baylor 76.1%, 10/1
Georgia Tech 73.9%, 250/1
North Carolina State 71.6%, 50/1
Oregon State 71.5%, 75/1
Rutgers 71.4%, 125/1 (BET)

Breakdown of Production Returning in 2020

  • 71% minutes played
  • 73% of points scored
  • 64% of rebounds
  • 80% of assists
  • 74% of steals
  • 67% of blocks
  • 88% of 3-pointers made



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Ken Pomeroy Ranks NC State’s Men’s Basketball Program 38th Since 1997



Ken Pomeroy is a legend in the world of basketball statistical analytics. He’s been doing his thing since 1997, and he recently released his Program Ratings since the beginning, and according to his calculations, the Wolfpack have been the 38th best program in college basketball over the past 22 years. According to the ratings, NC State is the 10th best Men’s Basketball program in the ACC since 1997.

ACC Teams in Ken Pom’s Program Ratings Since 1997

1) Duke
4) UNC
8) Louisville
15) Syracuse
17) Virginia
27) Florida State
29) Notre Dame
31) Miami
35) Pittsburgh
38) NC State
50) Clemson
57) Wake Forest
63) Virginia Tech
65) Georgia Tech
78) Boston College

The Wolfpack’s best season was 2004 (9th), and worst season was 2008 (110th). They have finished in his Top-25 3 times over 22 years.

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Jersey Numbers Assigned to NC State’s New Basketball Players



The NC State Men’s Basketball team will have quite a few new faces this year. Recently each of them received their jersey number.

  • Freshman Guard Dereon Seabron – #1
  • Redshirt Sophomore Forward Atticus Taylor – #3
  • Junior Guard Thomas Allen – #5 (will have to sit out the upcoming season due to transfer rules)
  • Redshirt Freshman Forward Manny Bates – #15 (missed all of last season, but was assigned #12)
  • Graduate Senior Forward Danny Dixon – #21
  • Graduate Senior Forward Pat Andree – #31

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Andy Katz Lists NC State’s Markell Johnson as Honorable Mention for Top-25 College Basketball Players


on’s Andy Katz released his Top-25 College Basketball players heading into the 2019-20 Men’s Basketball seasons, and NC State Senior Point Guard earned Honorable Mention status. Out of the 15 players receiving Honorable Mention, there is no indication of ranking order. With that being said, it is clear that Katz thinks that Johnson is one of the Top-40 players in College Basketball.

25. Isaiah Stewart, Fr., C, Washington

24. Andrew Nembhard, So., G, Florida

23. Ashton Hagans, So., G, Kentucky

22. Ayo Dosunmu, So., G, Illinois

21. Killian Tillie, Sr., F, Gonzaga

20. Xavier Tillman, Jr., F, Michigan State

19. Trevion Williams, So., F, Purdue

18. Jalen Smith, So., F, Maryland

17. Tristan Clark, Jr., F, Baylor

16. Sam Merrill, Sr., G, Utah State

15. Kaleb Wesson, Jr., C, Ohio State

14. Udoka Azubuike, Sr., C, Kansas

13. Jarron Cumberland, Sr., G, Cincinnati

12. Devon Dotson, So., G, Kansas

11. Anthony Edwards, Fr., G, Georgia

10. Lamar Stevens, Sr., F, Penn State

9. Anthony Cowan Jr., Sr., Maryland

8. Tre Jones, So., G, Duke

7. Kerry Blackshear Jr., Sr., Florida

6. Jordan Nwora, Jr., F, Louisville

5. Cole Anthony, Fr., G, North Carolina

4. James Wiseman, Fr., C, Memphis

3. Myles Powell, Sr., G, Seton Hall

2. Markus Howard, Sr., G, Marquette

1. Cassius Winston, Sr., G, Michigan State

Honorable mention: McKinley Wright IV, Jr., G, Colorado; Yoeli Childs, Sr., F, BYU; Kamar Baldwin, Sr., G, Butler; Anthony Lamb, Sr., F, Vermont; Nathan Knight, Sr., C, William & Mary; Zavier Simpson, Sr., G, Michigan; Markell Johnson, Sr., G, NC State; Nico Mannion, Fr., G, Arizona; Davide Moretti, Jr., G, Texas Tech; Jordan Ford, Sr., G, Saint Mary’s; Tres Tinkle, Sr., F, Oregon State; Payton Pritchard, Sr., G, Oregon; Mamadi Diakite, Jr., Virginia; Xavier Sneed, Sr., Kansas State;  Joe Wieskamp, Iowa.


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