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

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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 Gets 1 Vote in the AP 2018-19 College Basketball Preseason Poll

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The AP 2018-19 College Basketball Preseason Poll is out, and NC State picked up a singular vote from a voting member. The AP voters don’t think as highly of NC State heading into the season as NBC and ESPN, who both included them in their Preseason Top-25.

ACC Teams in the AP Preseason Top-25

4) Duke
5) Virginia
8) UNC
15) Virginia Tech
16) Syracuse
17) Florida State
22) Clemson

Other ACC Teams Receiving Votes

33) Notre Dame
39) Louisville
40) Miami
50) NC State

The Wolfpack will face steep competition in the ACC this season, and will also face #11 Auburn in non-conference play.

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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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