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NC State Point Guard Blake Harris Granted Immediate Eligibility

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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 Signee Jalen Lecque Goes Undrafted, Signs UDFA Deal with Suns

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Point Guard Jalen Lecque, who was an NC State 2019 signee that opted for the NBA Draft instead of attending school in Raleigh in the Fall, didn’t hear his name called last night in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Despite going undrafted, the Phoenix Suns signed the athletic phenom to a 4-year Undrafted Free Agent Contract, with 2 years guaranteed.

Lecque was a 4-Star prospect out of Brewster Academy, ranked 40th nationally by Rivals and 247.

The high flyer committed to NC State back on October 2nd, submitted his paperwork for NBA eligibility on April 2nd, and fully declared for the Draft on May 29th.

This obviously didn’t go the way Lecque would have ultimately liked, but a guaranteed two-year contract gives reason for optimism.

I still stand on the premise that Lecque would have benefited from a year of college, and likely would have been a lottery pick next year.

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NCAA to Move 3-Point Line Back to International Distance

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When NC State played in the 2019 National Invitational Tournament, there were a variety of experimental rules put in place. One of those was moving the 3-Point line back 1 foot, 8 inches, which is the distance used by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

The NCAA considered the experiment successful, and recently approved a rule change to move the arch back to 22 feet and 1¾ inches. This rule will be implemented at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Senior Wolfpack Point Guard Markell Johnson had no problem shooting it from further back, hitting 9-17 (52.9%) in the Wolfpack’s 3 games in the NIT.

As a team, NC State shot 33.3% from the new standard, which was slightly under their season average of 35.3%.

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NC State’s Torin Dorn Worked Out for the Hornets Yesterday

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Former NC State Wing Torin Dorn worked out for the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Yesterday’s workout was technically Dorn’s first pre-draft team workout, but he did participate in an agent pro day in Phoenix two weeks ago. Dorn also played well in the Portsmouth Invitational at the end of April.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Host Wisconsin in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team will host Wisconsin in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the league announced on Thursday.

The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4. Tip-time and broadcast information will be released later.

The match-up will be the fourth all-time between the two programs. Wisconsin has won all three previous meetings, including last season’s game in Madison, Wis., 79-75. Markell Johnson led the Pack with a then-career-high 21 points in defeat.

NC State returns six of its top-seven scorers from last season’s 24-12 team.
 
Wisconsin returns six of its top-eight scorers from last season’s 23-11 team.

Additional opponents and dates for the 2019-20 season will be announced at a later date.

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