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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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Kevin Keatts Leads NC State Men’s Basketball Team in Beach Workout in Wilmington

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This past weekend NC State Men’s Basketball head coach Kevin Keatts took his Wolfpack squad down to his old stomping grounds, Wilmington, North Carolina, for a beach workout. Keatts served as the head coach at UNC-Wilmington for three seasons (2014-2017) before taking the reins at NC State. He has been an active advocate for helping those that have been effected by Hurricane Florence, and if you purchase a $10 ticket for this Friday’s Primetime with the Pack, all the proceeds will go to charity to assist those in need.

As you can tell from the video above, and the photos below, these boys have been putting in their work in the weight room this offseason.

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MIC’D UP MONDAYS: Go inside practice with new assistant Roy Roberson

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In what is becoming our new favorite series from @PackMensbball, new assistant coach Roy Roberson is mic’d up during an NC State practice.

Go behind the scenes and inside Roberson’s coaching style as he begs his guys to take charges and helps the upperclassman with leadership strategies.

If you missed last weeks’ episode with Coach Siddle, check it out now.

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Could NC State Start the 2019-20 Basketball Season in ACC Play?

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According to CBSSports’ College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein, numerous ACC schools have been informed by the ACC to not schedule games for the first two days of the 2019-20 college basketball schedule, because they are planning conference games to open the year.

Why would the ACC do this, when it hasn’t been done in decades?

The launch of the ACC Network is scheduled to launch in 2019.

This looks like a ploy to spike the ratings of the new network to start their 1st basketball season.

The last time NC State opened up the college basketball season against an ACC opponent was when the Wolfpack faced Wake Forest and North Carolina in their 1st two games of the 1979-80 season in the Big Four Tournament. The Big Four Tournament was an early-season tournament consisting of the ACC teams on Tobacco Road: NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke. The Big Four didn’t always kick off the season, but it always fell early in the year. In the 11 seasons of the Big Four Tournament (1971-81), the Wolfpack started the season facing two of their ACC Tobacco Road rivals only twice (also the 76-77 season).

Prior to the Big Four Tournament, the Wolfpack only started the season with two ACC games twice (1962-63 & 1967-68).

In total, since the formation of the ACC in 1953, NC State has only started the college basketball season against an ACC opponent 4 times, let alone 2 consecutive ACC games to open the season.

1979-80: UNC – 84-97 (L) & Wake Forest – 70-65 (W)
1976-77: UNC – 66-78 (L) & Duke – 82-84 (L)
1967-68: Wake Forest – 79-63 (W) & Maryland – 75-62 (W)
1962-63: Clemson – 56-55 (W) & Wake Forest – 58-66 (L)

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NC State’s PNC Arena is the 8th Largest Arena in College Basketball

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NCAA.com ran a piece earlier his week breaking down the 9 largest arenas in college basketball, and PNC Arena, the home of the Wolfpack, is the 8th largest.

1) Carrier Dome/Syracuse/34,616
2) Rupp Arena/Kentucky/23,000
3) KFC Yum! Center/Louisville/22,090
4) Dean Smith Center/UNC/21,750
5) Thompson-Boling Arena/Tennessee/21,678
6) Capital One Arena/Georgetown/20,356
7) Madison Square Garden/St. John’s/19,812
8) PNC Arena/NC State/19,722
9) Bud Walton Arena/Arkansas/19,200

Here’s what they had to say about PNC Arena:

The Wolfpack made the move from Reynolds Coliseum to PNC Arena in 1999. North Carolina State’s home can accommodate 19,722 fans on game days. Unlike many other college basketball arenas, Wolfpack fans can dine at a 300-seat restaurant without leaving the action. The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes also play at PNC. (NCAA)

NC State ranked 12th in average attendance in 2017-18.

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