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NC State’s Kevin Keatts Watches Moore & Lecque on Day 1 of Peach Jam

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The Dead period is over, and as soon as Evaluation Period opened yesterday at 5pm, NC State’s Kevin Keatts was front and center to watch 5-Star prospects Wendell Moore and Jalen Lecque down at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC according to Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer.

“If it’s a forgone conclusion that Concord’s Wendell Moore, Jr. is Duke or Carolina bound, somebody forgot to tell N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts.

Keatts and two of his assistant coaches were constants on court six, where Moore and his CP3 teammates kicked off day one of the EYBL Peach Jam with a win.

Moore has North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Wake Forest and South Carolina in his top five.

As soon as the game tipped off, Keatts, James Johnson and Takayo Siddle were in their seats, front row to watch Moore, who helped lead Cox Mills to back-to-back NCHSAA 3A basketball titles. On the NIKE circuit this summer, Moore has averaged 17.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. Prior to the Peach Jam event Moore was named All-EYBL First Team.

Moments later, Duke assistant coach Chris Carrawell made his way into the gymnasium, but Keatts held ground letting Moore know he was the first to lay eyes on the five-star prospect.

Keatts stuck around to watch Jalen Lecque and the New York Renaissance play in the second game of the day. Lecque, who played last season at the Christ School in Arden, is the No. 1 player in North Carolina, drawing interest from N.C. State and North Carolina. However, there are rumors that Lecque could return to his native New York for his senior season or transfer to IMG Academy in Florida. No matter where he plays, the same college coaches, Keatts included, will make the trip to see him play.“ (N&O)

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NC State Men’s Basketball Commit Terquavion Smith: Junior Highlight Reel

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NC State 4-Star 2021 Shooting Guard verbal commit Terquavion Smith (6’3″180) has shot up the rankings this year, earning a 4th star, and becoming a Top-100 player. 247Sports ranks Smith as the #96 overall player nationally, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Check out his Junior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

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NC State Offers 7’0″ 2020 Center Quincy Ballard

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NC State offered 2020 Center Quincy Ballard (7’0″/246) two days ago. Ballard is a late-blooming prospect, who isn’t ranked/rated.

Ever since his showing at the recent 2020 Phenom HoopState Championship, Ballard’s recruitment has exploded. Since April 4th, he has picked up offers from Florida State, NC State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Maryland.

Here’s what Ballard had to say about NC State to PhenomHoopsReport recently.

Ballard: “I definitely feel good and love what Coach Keatts’ plan is with the team and how they see me fitting in. We are talking with them daily.” (Link)

Ballard is originally from Syracuse, New York, but has played the last two seasons at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He plans to make his college decision this Saturday.

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NC State Makes Top-8 for 4-Star SF JaDun Michael

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) decommitted from Wichita State on March 30th, and NC State made his Top-8 last night, along with Elon, ECU, Penn State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, and Pitt.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

Michael’s reason for decommitting was his desire to stay closer to home, and NC State definitely meets that criteria.

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NC State Showing Interest in 4-Star SF JaDun Michael After Decommitment from Wichita St.

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) announced his decommitment from Wichita State, after committing to the Shockers on November 19th.

As you can see above, Michael noted his desire to stay closer to home. According to Jake at Stockrisers.com, NC State was one of the many schools that reached out to Michael soon as the news broke, along with Pitt, UVA, Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

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