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PI EXCLUSIVE: 5-Star SF Wendell Moore Talks NC State Official Visit

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5-Star 2019 Small Forward Wendell Moore (6’5”/210) took his 1st Official Visit to NC State this past weekend, and we caught up with him, and he gave us the rundown.

Why did you choose to take your 1st Official Visit to NC State?

“They have been recruiting hard since they first took the job at NC State. When I was talking to them about setting up my Official Visit, they said they wanted to be the first school, so I made them my first visit.”

Overall, how was your experience?

“I had a great time. I just got to experience the life of an NC State basketball player, and it went really well.”

Did you bond with any of the current Wolfpack players?

“I already knew most of the guys, but I was around C.J. Bryce and Torin Dorn the most, and they showed me a good time.”

How was the football game?

“The football game was crazy. I had a chance to go over to the student tailgate, and it was really hype. The students really love their sports.”

What was your favorite part of your visit?

“My favorite part was just seeing how they operate on a day-to-day basis, and hanging out with the guys was really cool too.”

What do you like about NC State?

”I like NC State because you kinda get the best of both worlds. They are a great basketball program, so there’s that side of it, but at the same time they are a really good school academically. You also get to experience what the college life is all about.”

What is Kevin Keatts’ pitch for you to run with the Pack?

“His pitch was just that I would come in and have a chance to make an immediate impact. He explained that I am his number one priority in the class, and that he is trying to build something around me.”

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Moore is the #1 player in the state of North Carolina according to ESPN, and the #18 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. He included NC State in his Top 5 on May 4th.

NC State originally offered Moore a scholarship before he even stepped foot on the court as a freshman in high school.

He has Official Visits planned for Duke on September 22nd, Wake Forestst on September 29th, and UNC on October 12th.

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NC State Men’s Basketball Commit Terquavion Smith: Junior Highlight Reel

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NC State 4-Star 2021 Shooting Guard verbal commit Terquavion Smith (6’3″180) has shot up the rankings this year, earning a 4th star, and becoming a Top-100 player. 247Sports ranks Smith as the #96 overall player nationally, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Check out his Junior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

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NC State Offers 7’0″ 2020 Center Quincy Ballard

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NC State offered 2020 Center Quincy Ballard (7’0″/246) two days ago. Ballard is a late-blooming prospect, who isn’t ranked/rated.

Ever since his showing at the recent 2020 Phenom HoopState Championship, Ballard’s recruitment has exploded. Since April 4th, he has picked up offers from Florida State, NC State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Maryland.

Here’s what Ballard had to say about NC State to PhenomHoopsReport recently.

Ballard: “I definitely feel good and love what Coach Keatts’ plan is with the team and how they see me fitting in. We are talking with them daily.” (Link)

Ballard is originally from Syracuse, New York, but has played the last two seasons at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He plans to make his college decision this Saturday.

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NC State Makes Top-8 for 4-Star SF JaDun Michael

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) decommitted from Wichita State on March 30th, and NC State made his Top-8 last night, along with Elon, ECU, Penn State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, and Pitt.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

Michael’s reason for decommitting was his desire to stay closer to home, and NC State definitely meets that criteria.

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NC State Showing Interest in 4-Star SF JaDun Michael After Decommitment from Wichita St.

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) announced his decommitment from Wichita State, after committing to the Shockers on November 19th.

As you can see above, Michael noted his desire to stay closer to home. According to Jake at Stockrisers.com, NC State was one of the many schools that reached out to Michael soon as the news broke, along with Pitt, UVA, Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

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