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ESPN ranks NC State #36 overall, 9th in the ACC in 2018 Preseason BPI



ESPN is out with their first 2018-19 Basketball Power Index and NC State is checking in at #36.

If you’re unclear on ESPN’s BPI rankings, here is what it accounts for.

· Quantity of experience on roster.

· Quality of that experience.

· Recruiting rankings for incoming freshmen, with an extra emphasis on five-stars.

· Coach’s past performance.

The ACC schools above NC State are:

  • North Carolina (6)
  • Syracuse (7)
  • Duke (9)
  • Virginia (10)
  • Virginia Tech (15)
  • Miami (24)
  • Florida State (33)
  • Clemson (34)

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NC State Freshman Big Man Manny Bates To Redshirt the 2018-19 Season



Today was a day of good news, and bad news for the NC State Men’s Basketball program.

The good news: Sophomore point guard Blake Harris was granted immediately eligibility, after transferring from Missouri after 14 games played.

The bad news: Freshman big man Manny Bates (6’11″/221) will have to redshirt the 2018-19 season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder earlier this month (dislocated his shoulder).

“Obviously this is not how any of us wanted Manny’s college career to begin,” Keatts said. “But Manny has a positive outlook on the situation and I know he will work hard to rehabilitate his shoulder.” (GoPack)
Bates actually dislocated his shoulder at the beginning of his Senior season at Northwood Temple Academy as well, and missed much of the season after undergoing surgery.
Obviously it’s not a good sign that Bates has now had two dislocated shoulders, accompanied by two surgeries in a two-year span, but he will get the best treatment possible here in Raleigh.
The Wolfpack’s front court was already a question mark, and after the disappointing news today, that question mark is in bold.
Last season the front court had a star in Omer Yurtseven, and experience in Lennard Freeman and Abdul Malik-Abu. Yurtseven transferred to Georgetown, and Freeman and Abu graduated.

This years front court was already going to be young and inexperienced, but now they are one man down. They are left with Graduate Transfer Wyatt Walker (from Samford), RS SO DJ Funderburk and Freshman Ian Steere.

In fairness to Keatts’ system, it will often run with only one big man, depending on matchups, but the loss is still significant.

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NC State Point Guard Blake Harris Granted Immediate Eligibility



News broke this afternoon that Sophomore NC State point guard Blake Harris’ (6’3″/190) waiver for immediate eligibility has been granted by the NCAA.

Harris received his release from Missouri on January 5th, after playing 14 games for the Tigers. He averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 assists in 13.9 minutes per game. Harris was a 4-star recruit in the 2017 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #99 overall player in the class, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Word of God Academy right down the road from NC State.

It didn’t take long for Harris to figure out what school he wanted to transfer to. He wanted to come home.

On January 10th, Harris committed to NC State, enrolling immediately for the second semester, and was with the Wolfpack on the bench for the remainder of the season.

It was originally expected that Harris would join NC State midway through the 2018-19 Men’s Basketball season, so today’s news is a welcome surprise.

Harris is a talented floor general, that also possesses some height at the point guard position.

“I’m excited for Blake that he has an opportunity to join our team immediately,” Keatts said. “I’m very appreciative of our compliance staff for working diligently with Blake on the waiver and thankful to the NCAA for approving it.” (GoPack)
With Harris in the fold, NC State will have good depth from the beginning of the season at the point guard position, joining Junior Markell Johnson and Sophomore Braxton Beverly.
Here are some of his highlights from his Freshman year at Missouri.

Here is his ultimate High School mixtape from Word of God Academy.

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NC State, Adidas emails made public. More about uniforms than Dennis Smith



NC State released their first batch of emails between them and Adidas to the public.

This was from a public records request in regards to the federal investigation which stated that Dennis Smith Jr received money from an agent.

NC State has been transparent and up-front about the entire investigations and has been working with authorities on the case. Part of that transparency is the release of these emails without a fight.

You can read about the release a little more in this article from WRAL.

So, what everyone is wondering is ‘What is in these emails?’

Well, if you search through it, there is no mention of Dennis Smith at all. Now, this is only the first batch, so there is likely to be more releases, but as of now, no Smith.

What was in the email was a lot of Dave Doeren weighing in on uniform choices. The guys at Backing the Pack found some pretty interesting nuggets about it. Here are a few things we learned …

  • Dave Doeren is very involved in uniform design and selection. He also likes to recommend dates for them to be worn.
  • NC State almost wore throwback jerseys vs. Notre Dame, but Adidas wasn’t able to execute the older design with how newer jerseys are structured
  • Doeren isn’t a fan of the stripe down the side of the leg
  • The ‘Our State’ campaign was canceled after Doeren’s first season for a ‘variety of reasons’

Make sure you check out their whole piece to get full context.

And, that’s where we stand. We’ll let you know what’s found in the next drop, but it’s very unlikely that the officials at NC State were communicating about Dennis Smith Jr (in a capacity that any federal investigation would be interested in). We are, however, always excited to get a peek behind the curtain of  NC State’s deal (and communications) with Adidas





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N&O: NC State Working on New Contract for Kevin Keatts



Joe Giglio of the News & Observer reported today that NC State is working on a new contract for Men’s Basketball head coach Kevin Keatts.

The deal will likely include a raise for Keatts, who led the Wolfpack to 21 wins and the NCAA tournament in his first season in 2017-18, and an extra year. N.C. State has already reworked the contracts for Keatts’ assistants James Johnson and Takayo Siddle.

Keatts, 46, had an automatic rollover in his original contract, signed in 2017, for a $100,000 raise and a one-year extension. His current deal is worth about $2.3 million annually and runs through the 2023-24 season. A seventh year is a possibility for the new deal. (N&O)

He also broke down the new contracts of Keatts assistants that were recently re-worked in July.
Johnson, Keatts’ top assistant and former Virginia Tech coach, signed a new two-year deal in July worth $407,423 annually. Siddle, who was an assistant for Keatts at UNCW, signed a two-year deal worth $314,970 annually. They previously had been on one-year deals.

Roy Roberson, who was hired to replace assistant coach A.W. Hamilton, signed a two-year deal worth $284,500. Hamilton left after the 2017-18 season to become the head coach at Eastern Kentucky. (N&O)

Read the article in its entirety here.

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