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NC State’s Kevin Keatts is now the 5th Highest Paid Coach in the ACC

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Yesterday it was announced that NC State had approved a new 6-year contract for Wolfpack Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts through the 2023-24 season, that includes a $400,000 annual increase.

His new annual salary of $2.7 million ranks 5th in the ACC according to USAToday. Prior to the raise, Keatts’ salary ranked 8th.

1) Mike Krzyzewski – Duke – $8,982,325
2) Chris Mack – Louisville- $4,000,000
3) Tony Bennett – Virginia – $3,000,000
4) Buzz Williams – Virginia Tech – $2,750,000
5) Kevin Keatts – NC State – $2,700,000
6) Mike Brey – Notre Dame – $2,377,910
7) Leonard Hamilton – Florida St – $2,250,000
8) Roy Williams – UNC – $2,182,986*
9) Jim Boeheim – Syracuse – $2,151,736
10) Brad Brownell – Clemson – $1,800,000
11) Danny Manning – Wake Forest – $1,748,878
12) Josh Pastner – Georgia Tech – $1,700,000
13) Jim Larranaga – Miami – $1,526,735
14) Jim Christian – Boston College – $1,463,235

*Roy Williams get’s paid $2,182,986 from UNC, but that is not his total salary. Williams also has personal contracts with Nike and Learfield for clothing/apparel and multi-media obligations, respectively, as well as permission from the school to receive pay for operating a camp and making speaking appearances.

**This doesn’t include Jeff Capel’s salary as the head coach of Pittsburgh. He signed a 7-year contract, but I was unable to find the details.

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NC State Signee Jalen Lecque Goes Undrafted, Signs UDFA Deal with Suns

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Point Guard Jalen Lecque, who was an NC State 2019 signee that opted for the NBA Draft instead of attending school in Raleigh in the Fall, didn’t hear his name called last night in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Despite going undrafted, the Phoenix Suns signed the athletic phenom to a 4-year Undrafted Free Agent Contract, with 2 years guaranteed.

Lecque was a 4-Star prospect out of Brewster Academy, ranked 40th nationally by Rivals and 247.

The high flyer committed to NC State back on October 2nd, submitted his paperwork for NBA eligibility on April 2nd, and fully declared for the Draft on May 29th.

This obviously didn’t go the way Lecque would have ultimately liked, but a guaranteed two-year contract gives reason for optimism.

I still stand on the premise that Lecque would have benefited from a year of college, and likely would have been a lottery pick next year.

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NCAA to Move 3-Point Line Back to International Distance

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When NC State played in the 2019 National Invitational Tournament, there were a variety of experimental rules put in place. One of those was moving the 3-Point line back 1 foot, 8 inches, which is the distance used by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

The NCAA considered the experiment successful, and recently approved a rule change to move the arch back to 22 feet and 1¾ inches. This rule will be implemented at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Senior Wolfpack Point Guard Markell Johnson had no problem shooting it from further back, hitting 9-17 (52.9%) in the Wolfpack’s 3 games in the NIT.

As a team, NC State shot 33.3% from the new standard, which was slightly under their season average of 35.3%.

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NC State’s Torin Dorn Worked Out for the Hornets Yesterday

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Former NC State Wing Torin Dorn worked out for the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Yesterday’s workout was technically Dorn’s first pre-draft team workout, but he did participate in an agent pro day in Phoenix two weeks ago. Dorn also played well in the Portsmouth Invitational at the end of April.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Host Wisconsin in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team will host Wisconsin in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the league announced on Thursday.

The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4. Tip-time and broadcast information will be released later.

The match-up will be the fourth all-time between the two programs. Wisconsin has won all three previous meetings, including last season’s game in Madison, Wis., 79-75. Markell Johnson led the Pack with a then-career-high 21 points in defeat.

NC State returns six of its top-seven scorers from last season’s 24-12 team.
 
Wisconsin returns six of its top-eight scorers from last season’s 23-11 team.

Additional opponents and dates for the 2019-20 season will be announced at a later date.

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