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NC State Watching 4-Star 2019 Power Forward Chandler Lawson

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When NC State offered (September 11th) 2019 Power Forward Chandler Lawson (6’8″/205), the Wolfpack was still in hot pursuit of 5-Star Small Forward Wendell Moore and 4-Star Small Forward Patrick Williams. Since then, Moore committed to Duke, and Williams committed to Florida State.

At this point, Lawson is the last man standing. I’m not saying that other targets won’t emerge in the 2019 recruiting class, but at this point Lawson is who NC State is prioritizing to take that final scholarship.

Last week, NC State was up at Oak Hill Academy watching Lawson, as well as Cam Thomas who took his official visit to NC State this weekend.

Lawson was set to play his Senior Season at Oak Hill Academy up in Virginia, which is Keatts old stomping grounds, but yesterday news broke that he will be heading back home to Memphis to play for his father at Woodale High School.

Lawson spent the past three seasons with Memphis East High School, where he won 3 state championships under the tutelage of Penny Hardaway, who is now the head coach of Memphis.

ESPN ranks him as the #58 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of Virginia. 247Sports ranks him as the #14 Power Forward in 2019.

At this point, my gut tells me NC State is late to the party. Lawson has already taken official visits to Ole Miss, Kansas, Georgia Tech and Oregon, and only has one remaining. The only chance NC State has is to land Lawson’s final official visit.

If NC State can’t pull a come-from-behind haul of Lawson, another 2019 prospect could obviously emerge, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see NC State pick up another graduate transfer late in the process.

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NC State Signee Jalen Lecque to Play in 2019 Jordan Brand Classic

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The roster for the 2019 Jordan Brand Classic have been revealed, and NC State signee Jalen Lecque will play in the prestigious event on April 20th in Las Vegas.

In 18 years, Lecque is only the third NC State commit to play in the Jordan Brand Classic.

CJ Leslie – 2010
Rodney Purvis – 2012
Jalen Lecque – 2019

Photo Credit: @JalenLecque

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NC State Signee Jalen Lecque & Brewster Academy Win National Prep Championship, Earns MVP

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NC State 2019 signee Jalen Lecque led his Brewster Academy team to a National Prep Championship yesterday, earning MVP honors.

The Bobcats went 4-o this week at the National Championships in Connecticut College in New London, CT.

Lecque had 15 points in an 82-80 victory over Woodstock Academy in Game 1 on Wednesday morning.

The Bobcats then took care of IMG Academy 87-71 later that day.

Yesterday, Brewster defeated Massanutten Military Academy 91-73 in the morning. Lecque scored 21 points against fellow 2019 NC State commit Dereon Seabron, who also had 20 points.

Finally, the Bobcats beat Scotland Campus Sports 67-51 last night to claim the National Prep Championship.

247Sports Composite ranks Lecque as the #33 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, the #6 combo guard, and the #1 player in the state of New Hampshire.

(PhotoCredit: @jalenlecque)

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NC State’s Kevin Keatts Watches 4-Star PF Henry Coleman

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NC State’s head coach Kevin Keatts and Assistant Coach James Johnson were on hand to watch 2020 4-Star Power Forward Henry Coleman (6’8″/230) lead Trinity Episcopal past St. Anne’s-Belfield 66-61 for the Prep League Championship on Saturday night.

Coleman had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and sunk 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the deal.

To show just how serious they are about Coleman, Keatts was in to see Coleman again last night.

ESPN ranks Coleman as the #41 overall player in the 2020 class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #3 player in the state of Virginia.

Coleman took an unofficial visit to Raleigh back in September, and visited the year before as well. Keatts and company have been frequent visitors of Coleman’s games every since they offered on May 8th last year.

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4-Star SG Joe Bamisile Visited NC State This Past Weekend

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NC State had 4-Star 2020 Shooting Guard Joe Bamisilie in for an unofficial visit this past Sunday.

Bamisilie averaged 28.7 points and 7.5 rebounds for Monacan (Richmond, VA) this season as a Junior. 247Sports ranks him as the #100 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of Virginia.

He holds offers from VCU, ODU, George Mason, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Florida, Northwestern and others.

Even though NC State hasn’t offered Bamisile yet, he told Evan Daniels of 247Sports that they were one of the four schools recruiting him the hardest.

“Georgia Tech, Northwestern, NC State and Virginia Tech have hit me up the most,” Bamisile said. (247)

Here’s what Bamisile had to say to Daniels about his visit to Raleigh.

“It went super well,” Bamisile said. “The coaching staff seemed really genuine. Their style of play would fit a guy like me because they press, they shoot a bunch of threes and their coach lets them go so it would be a pretty good situation. They haven’t seen me play in person yet.” (247)

He has recently taken unofficial visits to Virginia, VCU, and West Virginia, and he is making trips to Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh this week.

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