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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star SF Patrick Williams Breaks Down NC State Official Visit

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This past weekend 2019 4-Star Small Forward Patrick Williams took an official visit to NC State, and it was his 1st official visit. He joined 2019 5-Star Point Guard Jalen Lecque on his official visit. Williams listed NC State in his Top-10 along with Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, Texas, Clemson, Louisville, Arizona, Florida State and Ohio State a little over a month ago, and the Wolfpack coaches had an in-home visit with him this week. ESPN ranks Williams as the #34 overall player in the 2019 class, which is right on the edge of being a 5-star prospect. They also rank him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

The Crystal Ball over at 247Sports has one prediction in for Williams, and it is in favor of the Wolfpack.

Williams plays for West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, NC).

We caught up with Williams, and he broke down his experience in Raleigh. 

On his overall experience during his official visit to NC State…

“It was great, I really got to build a better relationship with the entire coaching staff & with the team. I knew the guys from North Carolina, but I got to hang with all the other players on the team.”

On his favorite part of the visit…

“My favorite part of the visit would be the atmosphere of the football game. It was an opportunity for me to feel the love that the NC State community gives to its sports. It was mind blowing to see how much recognition and praise the basketball team got from the students at the tailgate.”

On his time with the current NC State players…

“I would say I spent an equal amount of time with all of the players because Jalen (Lecque) & I would go to all their dorms and ask them questions about Coach Keatts: how he is on a daily basis and how they like being an NC State basketball player.”

On what he likes about NC State…

“Particularly, I like that NC State is close to home, I like the feel that I got being on campus, the energy that the entire coaching staff brings to the table everyday, the family vibe of the entire basketball program. I like the fact that Coach Keatts has coached pros because that is the ultimate goal. His belief in me really stood out from day 1. He really believes that I will develop into a pro in a short amount of time.”

On Kevin Keatts pitch for him to run with the Pack…

“Coach Keatts pitch has been one of belief and confidence. He’s made it clear that he sees me as a one-and-done, or at the maximum, two-and-done player. His pitch included playing me at all the guard spots because of their ability to interchange the one through four positions. He really believes that at NC State I will be as successful as I want to be. He mentioned that he has two scholarships open for my class, and has made it clear that he wants me filling one of those two.”

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4-Star F Dontrez Styles: “I love everything about NC State”

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4-Star Dontrez Styles showed out at the John Wall Holiday Invitational last week, averaging 20.6 points over 3 games, recording double-doubles in 2 of them (10 rebounds each). Styles earned All-Tournament team honors.

NC State has made the standout out of Kinston High School a priority, according to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels.

Which school has prioritized him?

“N.C. State,” Style said. “They contact me every day to be honest and they tell me that they need me.”

“I love everything about them,” he added when asked about them. “They are a great school. Coach [Kevin] Keatts is a great coach. I love it.” (247)

247Sports ranks Styles as the #76 player nationally in the 2021 class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

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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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