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3 Former NC State Players Among Modern-Era Nominees for 2019 Hall of Fame Class

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The 102 Modern-Era Nominees for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class were released today, and 3 former NC State football players made the cut:

Wide Receiver Torry Holt (1 of 9 Wide Receivers Nominated)
Head Coach Bill Cowher (1 of 11 Coaches Nominated)
Safety Adrian Wilson (1 of 12 Safeties Nominated)

We will breakdown why all three of these former NC State players deserve to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, but for now, here’s a breakdown of the process.

A 48-member selection committee is in charge selecting the nominees, and ultimately trimming down the list to each years annual Hall of Fame Class. The class is made up of a media member from each city that is home to an NFL team (New York gets 2 with 2 football teams), 16 at-large active media members (1 from the Pro Football Writers of America), and 2 members of the Hall of Fame. Here’s a look at the current makeup of the selection committee.

The Modern-Era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January. Holt has been nominated 4 years in a row (was nominated the first year he was eligible), and has been a semi-finalist each time. Cowher has now been nominated 5 times. This is Wilson’s first year being nominated.

Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on “Selection Saturday,” the day before Super Bowl LIII. The finalists will consist of 15 Modern-Era finalists, the recently named Senior Finalist, Johnny Robinson, and the Contributor Finalists, Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt.

The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga. to elect the Class of 2019. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.

The Senior Finalist and Contributor Finalists are voted “yes” or “no” for election at the annual selection meeting and must receive at least 80 percent support from the Committee to be elected. The Modern-Era Finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 15 to 10 and then from 10 to 5. The remaining five finalists will be voted on individually, “yes” or “no” and must receive the same 80 percent positive vote as the Senior and Contributors Finalists to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 will be announced during the “NFL Honors” nationally broadcast award show that evening.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Canton. The enshrinement is one of three marquee events, along with the Hall of Fame Game and the Concert for Legends, that are held in the spectacular Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium during Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. (Link)

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A Look at the 22 NC State Players who have Played in the NBA Playoffs

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We are about half way through the first round of the 2019 playoffs, and while no former NC State players are currently in the postseason, 22 former Wolfpackers have played in the playoffs in the past.

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Former NC State Point Guard, and current Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan, played 98 playoff games, marking the most by a former Wolfpack player.

McMillan has the most career assists (505) and steals (131) by a former NC State player, and Thurl Bailey has the most points (929), rebounds (382) and blocks (82).

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Best NBA Playoff Performers & Performances by NC State Players

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With the 1st round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs up and running, it’s a good time to take a look at the best NBA Playoff Performers and Performances by former NC State players.

Points per Game in Playoffs

  1. David Thompson – 22.9 (27 games)
  2. Tommy Burleson – 20.7 (15 games)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 13.5 (69 games)
  4. Kenny Carr – 10.5 (35 games)

Rebounds per Game in Playoffs

  1. Tommy Burleson – 10.2 (15 games)
  2. Kenny Carr – 6.6 (35 games)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 5.5 (69 games)

Assists per Game in the Playoffs

  1. Nate McMillan – 5.5 (98 games)
  2. Spud Webb – 5.1 (39 games)

Points Scored in a Single Playoff Game

  1. David Thompson – 42
  2. DavidThompson – 40 (2x)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 39
  4. David Thompson 37
  5. Tommy Burleson – 33
  6. 31 Points – David Thompson & Thurl Bailey
  7. Thurl Bailey – 30
  8. 29 points – Vinny Del Negro/David Thompson/

Rebounds in a Single Playoff Game

  1. Tommy Burleson – 20
  2. Kenny Carr – 18
  3. Kenny Carr – 15
  4. Thurl Bailey – 14 (2x)
  5. Thurl Bailey – 13

Assists in a Single Playoff Game

  1. Spud Webb – 18
  2. Nate McMillan – 16
  3. Nae McMillana – 15
  4. Spud Webb – 14
  5. Spud Webb – 13
  6. 12 – Nate McMillan (2x)/Spud Webb

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TJ Warren’s Hot Hand From Deep was Cut Short in 2018-19: YEAR 5 RECAP

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Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren just wrapped up his 5th season in the NBA, all played with the Phoenix Suns, who drafted him 14th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

It was a frustrating ending for Warren, missing the final 33 games of the season due to an ankle injury, which ultimately was determined to be a severe bruise.

In 43 games (36 starts), Warren averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 48.6% from the field, and a super impressive 42.8% three-point percentage.

To put it in perspective, he shot 22.2% from beyond the arch last year.

Warren picked up a $250,000 bonus for shooting over 37% from three, and missed another $250,000 bonus by 5 three-point attempts. He needed 185 attempts for the bonus, and shot 180.

Tony Bucket’s highest scoring performance of the year came on December 13th, when he dropped 30 points on the Mavs.

Warren just finished the 2nd season on his 4-year contract extension worth $50 million. He is due $10.8 million next season, $11.7 million in 2020-21 and $12.69 million in 2021-22.

There is speculation on whether or not Warren will be a member of the Suns, because he is an enticing player for the Suns to package in a deal.

With that being said, Warren is optimistic about Phoenix taking a step forward next year.

“We’ve got the talent,” Warren said. “We’ve got the players. All it’s about is coming together. Building together. Growing together. Josh (Jackson), Kelly (Oubre Jr.) Book (Devin Booker), Tyler (Johnson) D.A. (Deandre Ayton). We have the nucleus to really make some things happen. It’s going to be a big offseason for everybody. Hopefully everybody is going to work, which I know they are.”

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Through 5 seasons, Warren’s career scoring average of 14.4 is the third highest by a former Wolfpack player.

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Seahawks Make Russell Wilson the Highest Paid Player in the NFL

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There was a time when he was a 2-star prospect coming out of high school. There was a time that all the pundits said that his game wouldn’t translate to the NFL.

Shortly after the clock struck Midnight, former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson signed a 4-year $140 million contract extension with the Seahawks, including a $65 million signing bonus, making him the highest paid player in the NFL.

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“Hey Seattle, we got a deal. Go Hawks. But I’ma see ya’ll in the morning. Time for ya’ll to go to bed.”

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2 weeks ago, Wilson gave the Seahawks a April 15th deadline for his contract to be signed. He wasn’t going to allow contract negotiations carry on once the Seahawks were back on the field. There weren’t going to be any distractions.

I guess it’s ok to allow a deadline to be broken by 45 minutes when someone makes you the highest paid player in the league.

Wilson will be the highest paid player per year at $35 million, and his $65 million signing bonus is record breaking as well.

Last season, Wilson threw 35 touchdowns, and boasted a QB Rating of 110.9, which were both career highs, and ranked 3rd in the league.


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