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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 Offers 4-Star SG D.J. Steward

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NC State offered 4-Star 2020 Shooting Guard D.J. Steward (6’3″/165) yesterday.

ESPN ranks Steward as the #27 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #1 player in the state of Illinois.

Steward also holds offers from Arizona, Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Texas, Wake Forest and others.

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NC State Offers 3-Star PG Shakeel Moore

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NC State offered a scholarship to 3-Star 2020 Point Guard Shakeel Moore (6’1″/185) yesterday.

Moore plays for Piedmont Classical High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He averaged 15.1 points per game for the Bobcats last year.

247Sports ranks Moore as the #7 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2020 recruiting class.

Moore took an unofficial visit to NC State on June 10th before attending the NBA Top 100 Camp up in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He also holds offers from ECU, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Providence, Penn State, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, and others.

Moore plays on the AAU circuit with another NC State target, 2021 4-Star Point Guard Cam Hayes, on team CP3. He will be taking an unofficial visit to UNC today.

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NC State Offers 5-Star F Trey Patterson

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The NC State Men’s Basketball program offered a scholarship to 2021 5-Star Forward Trey Patterson (6’8″/207) on Monday.

247Sports ranks Patterson as the #15 overall player nationally in the 2021 recruiting class, the #5 Small Forward, and the #1 player in the state of New Jersey.

Rivals lists Patterson as a Power Forward, while ESPN and 247 list him as a Small Forward.

Patterson also holds offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Maryland, Georgetown, Rutgers, Tennessee, UCLA, Wake Forest, UCONN, Seton Hall, TCU, Villanova, and others.

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NC State Offers 5-Star SF Quincy Allen

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NC State extended an offer to 5-Star 2021 Small Forward Quincy Allen (6’6″/180) yesterday.

Rivals ranks him as the #23 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, while 247Sports and ESPN rank him 24th and 28th respectively.

Allen plays for Maret High School in Washington D.C., and ESPN and 247 both rank him as the #1 player in the Capital City. He averaged 11 points per game last year for the Frogs as a Sophomore.

Allen also holds offers from Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Florida, Syracuse, Howard and Delaware.

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