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



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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Markell Johnson is Returning to NC State for his Senior Season



What I reported last week has been made official…Markell Johnson will be returning to NC State for his Senior Season.

Johnson went through the NBA Draft Evaluation Process, and despite not receiving an invitation to the 2019 NBA Combine, he did workout for the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets.

This is huge news for the Wolfpack.

Johnson improved in nearly every facet of the game in 2018-19.

  • Field Goal Percentage – 46% –> 48.8%
  • 3-Point Percentage – 40.9% –> 42.2%
  • 2-Point Percentage – 49.1% –> 56.7%
  • Points Peg Game – 8.9 –> 12.6
  • Turnovers – 3.2 –> 2.2

He did see his Assist average go down last season (from an ACC best 7.3 to 4.2), but that was due to the team needing him to be more of a playmaker.

Part of Johnson’s issues as a Junior was foul trouble. He averaged 4 less minutes per game.

Johnson has NBA talent, but he will need to grow as a Senior, and stay on the court, and play more aggressively on a consistent basis.

The return of Markell makes NC State a prospective NCAA Tournament team next year.

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RELEASE: NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Wes Moore Receives New 6-Year Contract



RALEIGH – After guiding the NC State women’s basketball program to back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances, Wes Moorehas received a new six-year contract. The contract was approved by the Board of Trustees in April and then by the UNC System Board of Governors this week.

“Wes continues to elevate our women’s basketball program and this new contract reflects our commitment to what he is building,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “I look forward to Wes leading NC State women’s basketball for many years to come.”

Moore’s new deal extends him through 2025 and increases his compensation to $750,000 annually.

“I’m grateful to NC State for this commitment and belief in what we’re building,” said Moore. “We’ve made so many significant strides. We have a first-class facility to play in, a wonderful University and city to call home and I’m excited for the future of NC State women’s basketball.”

In six years in Raleigh, Moore has guided the Wolfpack to a 140-58 overall mark, including a 63-33 record in ACC competition. He has led NC State to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 28-6 mark this season which culminated with a No. 9 final ranking, the highest final ranking by the Wolfpack since 1998.

Coaching a squad that lost four significant contributors to season-ending injuries, Moore finished as the runner-up for the Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors in 2019.  

Over the last three seasons NC State has gone a combined 77-24 and has turned renovated Reynolds Coliseum into one of the most formidable home court advantages in women’s basketball. NC State is 47-6 in the building since its renovation earned NCAA Tournament host seeds each of the past two seasons, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen out of Raleigh both years.

Over 30 seasons, Moore is among the all-time winningest college coaches with a career mark of 698-227 (.754), including 25 seasons of 20 or more wins.

Moore is the second winningest coach in program history behind the late Kay Yow. 

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NC State Signee Jalen Lecque NBA Mock Draft Update



NC State 2019 signee Jalen Lecque is going through the NBA Draft Process, and has until June 10th to pull his name out of the hat. Lecque participated in the NBA Combine last week on the first day, but opted out of competition the next day. Everyone assumes that Lecque and his camp were pleased with his performance, and didn’t want to taint that image.

Here’s a rundown of where Lecque sits in the most recent Mock Drafts:

Sports Illustrated – 2nd Round, #41 overall, Atlanta Hawks (Updated 5/20) – 2nd Round, #57 overall, New Orleans Pelicans (Updated 5/15 at 2:01pm)

Sporting News – Top 50 – Unlisted (Updated 5/20)

Tankathon – Undrafted

Net Scouts Basketball – Undrafted (Updated 5/15)

While I think the likelihood of Lecque being in Raleigh next year is slim, I still am concerned for his future success in the NBA. Evan Daniels at 247Sports on numerous occasions has spoken to the fact that his game would benefit by a year in college, especially his shot, and inexperience at the point guard position. The NBA is an unforgiving league, and it’s easy to wash out if your not “NBA ready.”

If Lecque were to choose to come to NC State next year at the end of his evaluation process, there are technically no scholarships available, but I have no doubts that one would somehow become available.

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Markell Johnson UPDATE, Working Out for Hornets Today



NC State Point Guard Markell Johnson is working out for the Charlotte Hornets today.

Johnson worked out for the Hawks on April 30th, after deciding to go through the NBA Draft Process on April 5th.

With one year of eligibility left, Johnson has until May 29th to decide whether he will return for his Senior season.

According to my sources, Johnson is expected to be back next year. In fact, I was told he met with the team last week to inform them of his plans.

With that being said, Johnson is getting the most out of this process. Even though he wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine, these workouts will give him feedback from NBA coaches and scouts that will be formative for his development.

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