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RELEASE: Chubb, Warren Jerseys To Be Honored

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May. 16, 2018

Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow announced today that NC State will commemorate the stellar careers of football’s Bradley Chubb and men’s basketball standout T.J. Warren by honoring their jerseys. Chubb’s name and number will be displayed in Carter-Finley Stadium, while Warren’s will hang from the rafters of PNC Arena.

Chubb was the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after a Wolfpack career that saw him set the Wolfpack career records for tackles for loss and sacks. The 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, he was a consensus All-American and won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy – given to the nation’s top defensive player.

For his last two seasons at NC State, Chubb wore the No. 9 jersey, which had also been worn by Mario Williams, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. In the future, any standout player designated by head coach Dave Doeren to wear that number will wear a patch honoring Williams and Chubb.

“I am very humbled by this honor and wish I could share it with my Wolfpack teammates,” said Chubb. “NC State will always be a very special place for me, and having my name up in Carter-Finley Stadium is a dream come true. I was very proud to wear No. 9 because of Mario Williiams and hope that future players wearing it will be proud to represent me as well.”

“Bradley was a special player, and we are so proud of his accomplishments,” said Doeren. “In addition to the records he set and the honors he won, he loved his teammates and NC State and was a great leader. He deserves to have his name next to the other Wolfpack legends, and we look forward to working with him and the Broncos on a date when he can come back to a game in Carter-Finley Stadium.

Warren was a lottery selection of the Phoenix Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft following a stellar two-year career at NC State. He was just the third player in ACC history to finish the season leading the conference in scoring and field goal percentage on his way to collecting ACC Player of the Year honors from both coaches and media in 2014. His 24.9 points per game average that season is the fifth-highest single season mark in program history.

“I’m very proud to be honored along with all the other former great players in Wolfpack history,” said Warren. “NC State is a very special place.”

The Durham native has started 124 of the Suns’ 131 games over the past two seasons. In 2017-18, he averaged a career-best 19.6 points per game which ranked 24th in the NBA.

At NC State, he wore jersey No. 24, which was also worn by honored players Tommy Burleson, Tom Gugliotta, John Richter, and Julius Hodge.

An announcement on when Chubb and Warren can return for their official jersey ceremonies will be announced at a later time and be based on their respective schedules.

 

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NC State’s Braxton Beverly Fractured His Hand in Practice

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According to GoPack.com, NC State Sophomore Point Guard Braxton Beverly fractured his hand in practice this past Friday, and is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow.

NC State is blessed with depth at the point guard position, returning Junior Markell Johnson, who led the ACC in assists last year, and Sophomore Missouri transfer Blake Harris, but the loss of Beverly is a significant blow to the Wolfpack’s rotation.

Head coach Kevin Keatts has been hyping up running a lineup including Johnson, Beverly and Harris at some points in the upcoming season. Losing Beverly isn’t just a loss of a floor general. He is NC State’s second best returning three-point shooter (38.5%) behind Markell Johnson (40.9%).

At this point, there is no projection of how long the Wolfpack will be without Beverly in the lineup.

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NC State Ranks 23rd in ESPN’s Preseason College Basketball Power Rankings

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ESPN released their 2018-19 Preseason College Basketball Power Rankings at the end of last week, and NC State landed at #23.

ESPN’s 2018-19 College Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

(ACC teams in italics)

  1. Kansas
  2. Kentucky
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Nevada
  5. Duke
  6. UNC
  7. Auburn
  8. Tennessee
  9. Villanova
  10. Michigan St.
  11. Oregon
  12. Virginia
  13. Syracuse
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Kansas St.
  16. LSU
  17. Mississippi St.
  18. Washington
  19. Florida St. 
  20. UCLA
  21. West Virginia
  22. Marquette
  23. NC State
  24. Alabama
  25. St. John’s

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

23. NC State Wolfpack: Kevin Keatts surprised many people last season by leading the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament appearance — and now he has five transfers in the rotation to make it two in a row. C.J. Bryce, who played for Keatts at UNCW, is the headliner of the group, and returnee Torin Dorn is one of the most underrated players in the ACC. (ESPN)

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Primetime with the Pack Recap: Funderburk wins dunk contest, Daniels wins 3pt shootout

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Primetime with the Pack was a success in many ways for NC State.

The biggest success was the fact that they raised nearly $15,000 for Hurricane Florence disaster relief.

The event also allowed Pack fans to meet a roster filled with new players and see them compete in a skills competition, a 3pt shootout and a dunk contest. Here is what we learned…

-Kevin Keatts son can dance
Keatts didn’t repel down from the rafters or go shirtless for a boxing match (a la Mark Gottfried). In fact, Keatts left the entertainment of his entrance to his son who rattled off a bunch of 2018s viral dance moves, putting the crowd in a frenzy.

-Wyatt Walker’s entrace will never be forgotten
Pack fans really haven’t gotten to know Wyat Walker up until now, and man did the grad-transfer from Samford make an entrace. Walker came out to a little Guns n Roses, head-banging with his massive mane and shredding his air guitar.

-Devon Daniels’ (who won the 3pt shootout) shot is as good as advertised and Jericole Hellems has a better stroke than we thought
Devon Daniels is billed as the replacement to Al Freeman. The two battled daily in practice and two separate sources told us that Daniels often got the best of Freeman. He will be asked to shoulder a great deal of NC State’s scoring load since he can score at all 3 levels with ease. Today was his first time being able to show the public a preview of his offensive abilities. We also got to see freshman Jericole Hellems participate, and he’s actually a much better spot shooter than we expected.

– Sophomore transfer DJ Funderburk (who won the dunk contest) is 6’9 and freaky athletic. Missouri transfer Blake Harris can fly, and Ian Steere dunked over his bodybuilder dad.
Blake Harris was always billed as a kid who could really fly and finish above the rim while he was in high school at Word of God in Raleigh. Last night he got to show it at NC State. Meanwhile, the biggest takeaway from this dunk contest is that DJ Funderburk is a freak of nature. The guy is 6’9 and reeled off some spectacular dunks. He had a nice little cradle revers and then won the contest with a dunk from a foot inside the free throw line. Check out the dunks below.

Overall, the men’s basketball kickoff event went great. The fans enjoyed the festivities and the contests and it seemed like the players were amped up to get this season going.

While we used to like to see the red/white scrimmage that they used to host, it’s probably better that they don’t do it anymore. It sometimes got boring, you risk players getting hurt, and there is no defense. So while it gives a site like ours more to talk about an examine, doing it the way they did is probably the right call.

Next up for the basketball team is a closed door ‘secret-scrimmage’ against ECU on Sunday followed by the first open exhibition game that fans can attend. That takes place October 29th vs. Chowan at 7pm at the PNC Arena.

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PLAYER PREVIEW: Transfer Devon Daniels says his “offensive game has elevated a lot since Utah.”

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Over the course of our Basketball Player Previews, we’ve wrapped a player intro story around the interviews we did during media day. However, since we’ve already done an in-depth piece on Devon Daniels, and since these quotes are pretty good all by themselves, we’re just going to drop them right here for you.

On transitioning to Keatts system…
“That was perfect for me. At Utah I wasn’t really there to score. I was there to play hard, dive on the floor, get rebounds, play hard defense…and then I got to score. When he asks that of me, it’s perfect. I really like to win and compete.”

On his battles last year during practice with Al Freeman…
“Me and Al Freeman, we were perfect to go against each other because we are so competitive. I think it helped them a lot and it helped us grow. It was good.”

On where he fits with this team…
“Anything he asks me to do, I’m willing to do it. I trust him and I know he wants the best out of all of us. If he wants to put me anywhere on the court I’m ready, I’m willing.”

On the type of player he is…
“Shoot, I’m just a guard that likes to win. I’ll play defense, I’ll score. I think my offensive game has elevated a lot since I was at Utah.”

On what type of shape he’s in…
“Physically I’ve always been in pretty good shape. I’ve added about 5 pounds, my body fat is real, real low, at 1.9 or something like that. I’m really ready.”

On what he did when the team was on road trips last season…
“Made sure to stay in the gym. Just because they were gone it doesn’t mean we get a break. We just made an effort to get in the gym together.”

On what his sit-out transfer year was to him…
“It was more a learning opportunity. I got to see what made them go and at times what made them struggle. I took it as, like, film watching.”

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