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NC State has in-home visit with 2019 4-star Patrick Williams

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As we reported last week, 2019 4-star Patrick Williams was in Raleigh to take his official visit to NC State. The visit must have gone pretty well because just a day later, NC State coaches were visiting him at his home.

Williams is another versatile kid that can spread the floor, attack the rim, or knock down an open jumper. He’s athletic and has a great motor on him. This type of player Keatts has been stacking his team with since his arrival.

Williams is a tweener. Some project him as a stretch forward, while others think he’ll be a shooting guard in college. He is ranked by ESPN as the #46 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. They also rank him as the #6 overall shooting guard in the 2019 class.

It’s worth noting that Keatts has 2 scholarships to work with (assuming there is no attrition), and he’s targeting 3 guys right now. 5-star Wendell Moore just finished his official visit (and we talked to him about it) and 5-star ‘human highlight reel’ Jalen Lecque was visiting with Williams this weekend.

We’ll keep close tabs on this situation as it really seems to be heating up.

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NC State Watched 4-Star C Roosevelt Wheeler Last Night

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NC State Men’s Basketball coaches were in attendance last night watching 4-Star 2021 Center Roosevelt Wheeler (6’10″/220) of John Marshall High School (Richmond, VA).

NC State has made an early impression on Wheeler. After offering the standout from Virginia in August of last year, Wheeler decided to take an early Official Visit to NC State back in September.

Wheeler is ranked as the #55 overall player nationally according to Rivals, and the #9 Center. 247Sports ranks him as the #67 overall player, the #12 Center, and the #3 player in the state of Virginia.

Every single member of the NC State coaching staff has connections to the state of Virginia. Head Coach Kevin Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy for over a decade, and is a native of Lynchburg. Assistant Coach James Johnson is a native of Powhatan, Virginia, and coached at Longwood College, Hargrave Military Academy, George Mason and Virginia Tech, which are all in the Commonwealth. Assistant Takayo Siddle played for, and served as a coach with Keatts at Hargrave. Assistant Roy Roberson coached 20+ years in the state of Virginia.

NC State has made Wheeler a top priority in 2021.

Wheeler also holds offers from Georgetown, VCU, Wake Forest and ODU.

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Keatts Watched 4-Star F Dontrez Styles This Week

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts watched 4-Star 2021 Forward Dontrez Styles (6’7″/205) on Tuesday night.

The Wolfpack offered Styles back on July 16th.

Styles is listed as a Small Forward by 247Sports, and a Power Forward by Rivals. 247Sports ranks him as the #105 overall player in the nation, the #25 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Rivals ranks him as the #78 overall player in the nation, and the #20 Power Forward.

He also holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Clemson, DePaul, St. John’s, VCU and others.

Styles plays for Kinston High School, and is thankful that Keatts was at his game.

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NC State Commits Nick Farrar & Shakeel Moore Pick up 4th Star at ESPN

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ESPN really likes NC State’s 2020 Men’s Basketball recruiting class, which they rank 7th nationally.

They have recently upgraded Wolfpack signees Forward Nick Farrar and Guard Shakeel Moore to 4-Star prospects, which means that ESPN now ranks ALL 5 of NC State’s signees as 4-star prospects now.

As you can see above, according to ESPN’s rankings, NC State has signed the #3, #4, #5, and #6 players in the state of North Carolina.

What you can’t see above is that ESPN also ranks Center Ebenezer Dowuona as a 4-Star prospect, and the #10 player in the state of Georgia.

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4-Star C Cliff Omoruyi Includes NC State in Top-8

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4-Star 2020 Center Cliff Omoruyi (6’11″/235) revealed his Top-8 schools today, and NC State made the cut alongside Memphis, UCONN, Rutgers, Kentucky, Miami, Auburn, and Arizona State.

NC State offered Omoruyi back on June 30th of last year, and he included the Wolfpack in his Top-13 back on September 28th.

247Sports ranks Omoruyi as the #42 overall player in the nation in the 2020 recruiting class, the #8 Center, and the #2 player in the state of New Jersey. Omoruyi plays for Roselle Catholic (Roselle, NJ).

He doesn’t plan on making his decision until April 15th.

Technically speaking, NC State’s class is full, but you have to always be prepared for attrition, especially if Redshirt Junior Forward D.J. Funderburk decides to explore his professional options after 4 years of college.

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