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VIDEO: Interview with NC State basketball trainer Drew Moore…done by Ian Steere?

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Kevin Keatts system is set to be on full display this season.

After a year of tweaking his system to fit the returning players, the Pack is about to go all-in on the run and gun style that he brought from UNCW.

For the system to succeed, Keatts doesn’t need just talent, he needs a motivated group in the best shape of their lives. The problem with that is that most kids coming out of high school haven’t been conditioned the way this system needs them to be.

Getting them into game shape is not just the coaches job, it’s also the job of the strength and conditioning staff and keeping them at that level requires a very good medical training staff. The harder these guys push their bodies, and the further from their comfort zone they get, the more you start to see bump, bruises and injuries pop up.

That is where athletic trainer Drew Moore comes in.

Moore joined NC State last season, coming over from UNCW with Kevin Keatts. Prior to UNCW he worked with the West Virginia, Clemson and Louisville programs.

Want more info on Moore? Here is a interview done by…. NC State forward Ian Steere?

Now, I’m not sure how this even came about. I’m guessing it was part of a school project, but either way,  Ian Steere does a pretty decent job of helping us all get to know Drew Moore.

Here are the bulleted highlights from the video above.

  • Motivated by working with team and watching guys get better
  • Chose to be a trainer because he loves sports and wanted to work in sports
  • Got cut on by his freshman basketball team. Played football and lacrosse.
  • Motivated most by coaches in his life. Helped him choose a good path.
  • Role for this team is to take care of guys with injuries or have had past injuries and rehab them back to health
  • Favorite sports movie is ‘Friday Night Lights” because of all the adversity and they still (SPOILER ALERT!) end up losing in the end.
  • Went to West Virginia University. Played intermural basketball and soccer.
  • If he could be the trainer for any coach in the world, it would be Coach Keatts (+10 brownie points)
  • Picked Keatts because it’s his boss (good move.)
  • Wants to be a trainer. Doesn’t want to be a coach in the future.
  • A lot of time put into this job. Lots of travel and perks. So it’s great.
  • Best moment at NC State was making it to the NCAA Tournament
  • Worst moment at NC State was losing the game after the Arizona game
  • Goals for this year is to keep everyone healthy and have a great season
  • Had some injuries early on last season. Was pretty healthy at the end.
  • To be a great trainer you have to gain player trust. To gain trust he is always honest and never will put them in a situation where they can get hurt further.
  • 30 years old. Feels old.
  • Born in New York.
  • First job was at UNCW with Kevin Keatts.
  • Decided he wanted to be a trainer during his sophomore year in college.
  • Best high school memory was making it to state championship in football
  • Best college moment was all the wins in basketball and football (he was trainer)
  • What are some things people don’t know about you; Good cook. Can dunk a basketball. Has 2 borthers.

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#10 NC State Women’s Basketball Defeats Georgetown 76-65, Ties 2nd Best Start in Program History

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The #10 NC State Women’s Basketball team defeated Georgetown 76-65 in their first true road game of the season yesterday, improving to 10-0, tying the 2nd best start in program history (1990-91 & 1997-98). If the Wolfpack win the next 4 games, they will tie the 1999-2000 squad’s school best 14-0 start.

Freshman Center Elissa Cunane led the Pack in scoring, with 23 points off the bench (career high). Graduate Senior Guard Kiara Leslie chipped in 18 points, hitting 4 of her 5 three-point attempts. She is shooting 44% from beyond the arch on the year. Redshirt Junior Guard Grace Hunter, the Pack’s leading scorer, filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Junior Guard Aislinn Konig was the 4th Wolfpack player in double figures, with 12 points on 4 three-pointers (4-12).

Senior Forward DD Rodgers had a whopping 20 rebounds, which marks the 5th highest single-game total in school history.

NC State held the Hoyas to 36.8% shooting, and out-rebounded them 49-28.

The Wolfpack will try to claim sole possession of the 2nd best start in school history at home against Maine next Saturday at 6pm.

(Photo Credit: GoPack)

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KenPom Ranks NC State 25th After Western Carolina

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NC State beat Western Carolina 100-67 last night, improving to 8-1 on the year.

Stat guru KenPom’s formula ranks the Wolfpack 25th after the victory.

Through 9 games, NC State ranks 7th in the ACC.

1) Duke
3) Virginia
7) UNC
11) Virginia Tech
16) Florida State
18) Syracuse
25) NC State
32) Clemson
41) Louisville
42) Miami
56) Notre Dame
72) Georgia Tech
77) Boston College
112) Pittsburgh
148) Wake Forest

For what it’s worth, the highest the Wolfpack was ranked in KenPom’s formula last year was 39th, after starting 109th (finished 46th).

NC State started this season ranked 36th.

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VIDEO: NC State Dedicates Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum

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In 1949, Reynolds Coliseum was opened, named after businessman and sportsman William Neal Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 2007, the basketball court in Reynolds Coliseum was named after Hall of Fame NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow.

Prior to last nights 100-67 victory over Western Carolina, NC State officially dedicated James T. Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum.

Valvano was the coach at NC State for 10 years (1980-90), leading the Cardiac Pack to a national championship in 1983.

He also led the Wolfpack to two ACC Tournament Championships (1983 & 1987) and two ACC Regular Season Championships (1985 & 1989).

The Wolfpack advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 7 of his 10 seasons:

1 National Championship
2 Elite Eights
1 Sweet 16

Check out the ACC Digital Networks video of the dedication ABOVE, and NC State’s is below.

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VIDEO: Daniels, Hellems & Harris Talk After NC State’s 100-67 Victory Over Western Carolina

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Redshirt Sophomore’s Devon Daniels and Blake Harris, and Freshman Jericole Hellems met with the media after NC State’s 100-67 victory over Western Carolina last night (Highlights). The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Daniels: It was a great experience (playing in Reynolds). The fans are right on the court. I liked it a lot. There was a lot of energy in the gym and I think we all felt that.
  • Hellems: Of course, being my first time playing in there. It was a blessing and an amazing experience to have the support from the fans and then obviously with it being loud. I enjoyed myself.
  • Harris: Playing at Reynolds was a great time. My first time. Great crowd. A lot of intensity. I liked it.
  • Daniels: You know, I think everybody knows about his (Valvano) story, but to actually play for the school he represented, it’s a different meaning. You can definitely tell how much of an impact he had on the community. It was a great experience playing here…playing for him and the fans.
  • Hellems: Just knowing the legacy that he created with the team that he coached. It’s a blessing to have NC State across your chest, knowing the history behind it. Having this opportunity to play with NC State is a blessing.
  • Harris: I thought it was wonderful that we got the W on the day they changed the arena to his name.
  • Daniels: I think I was just over-thinking it (getting adjusted to Keatts system). I was just worried about trying to get comfortable, thinking about it way too much. I just settled down, kept it simple, trusted the offense, and it came a lot easier. I just kept listening to my coaches, putting in the work and it helped a lot.
  • Daniels: We are trying to have the mindset just to stay consistent. Playing versus anybody, but definitely playing versus ranked teams at different arenas…we always get excited about that. It’s another chance to prove ourselves and get better. So, I think we’re definitely ready and we’re definitely excited (to face Penn State in the Boardwalk Classic Saturday in Atlantic City).
  • Harris: Our bond is amazing. We all fit together. We’re not selfish at all. We’re all like brothers. We just want to win and make Coach Keatts happy.
  • Hellems: Like Blake was saying, I think we’re all just creating bonds, having fun, and trusting in each other. Obviously, it showed tonight that we played good together, weather any circumstances, and the next game is going to be the same way.
  • Daniels: We’re growing every game. The more we compete together and know each other’s tendencies, I feel like we’re coming along good. We’ve played some pretty good teams. Some ranked opponents. That has helped us bond and I think we’re just going to keep on getting better. Better and stronger.
  • Daniels: Sheesh. Those wolf heads on the Gucci loafers. Crazy

(Video via WRAL)

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