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VIDEO: Kevin Keatt’s Press Conference After NC State’s Offensive Debacle Against VT

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#23 NC State’s offense posted one of the most atrocious performances in ACC history today, losing to #12 Virginia Tech 47-24. The Videos are BELOW, with a bulleted breakdown UNDERNEATH.

  • Obviously, I can’t say that I’ve seen this before. It obviously didn’t go the way we wanted to. I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of a game where none of our guys played well.
  • If  you look at the stat sheet, we didn’t shoot well at all. I thought it would get better in the second half, but obviously it didn’t.
  • One of those games where the ball didn’t go in. We didn’t play great. Certainly we have to try to learn from this, and move on.
  • What I told our guys at halftime is that no matter what the score is, and obviously it was 20-14, it could have been 35-29, we were down six. It doesn’t matter when you’re down six, you’re obviously still in the game.
  • We didn’t have it today for whatever reason.
  • When you look at these numbers…they’re mind-boggling…the percentage our guys shot.
  • In the second half, our defense struggled because of our offense.
  • In the first half we just missed shots.
  • I think we gave up some baskets in the second half because we were a little frustrated that we weren’t making shots.
  • Give those guys credit. They did a good job. We just missed a lot of shots that we should have made.
  • I wouldn’t say effort, I would just say we missed shots. Our guys played extremely hard. We missed shots. Here’s the crazy thing…holding a team to 47 points is pretty good. The unfortunate thing is we only got 24.
  • When you look at the numbers, Braxton Beverly hadn’t been shooting it well, but he’s typically not going to go zero for 12.
  • We were two for 28 from the three-point line.
  • As far as effort, I’m proud of the guys. Showed up and competed. It was an off night, and we got to figure out how to not have any more of those.
  • We’ll go back…watch film…go back into the gym and start working on our shots. Obviously, we got to move on, and the unfortunate thing is that we don’t have a lot of time. We have a game in a few days that we have to prepare for.
  • I thought their (VT’s) defense was better in the 2nd half. They were able to close down driving lanes.
  • I thought the shots we missed in the first half were more on us. We got great looks, and as you guys saw just some of that stuff didn’t go down the rim.
  • I have no answer to why we didn’t make shots. Of course, when you’re not shooting well, I thought some of the guys lost their confidence as we missed some shots. Obviously you have to take those shots to try to get back into the game, and it became a snowball effect.
  • I thought we got tight, and that’s what I was afraid with these guys. I just said, “look you got to rely on your defense.”
  • At halftime I actually told them to relax and let’s laugh a little. I said it’s 20-14. I don’t think Virginia Tech would have ever thought they were just going to score 20 at the half. I know we didn’t think we were going to score just 14. I said “just relax a little, and go back out there and play.” Then shots didn’t go down.
  • It was crazy. It was like there was something on the rim.
  • I think Markell’s timing is off. He’s lost some of his conditioning because of the time he has been off. Obviously he’s not playing well like we want him to because he missed three games. That being said, he missed a lot of practice time.
  • Typically you’ll say “Alright, there is a silver lining, or here’s a positive about it.” When you look at these numbers there’s not one guy I thought played well.
  • I am going to watch the tape, unfortunately. In about 30 minutes, I am going to re-watch it. With the players, I will decide if I think they should watch it or not. Obviously, I want to show them the good things they’ve done.
    • It’s crazy, I can only imagine seeing it live and then watching it, I am probably going to get frustrated because I thought we had some great looks.
  • I took a long time to talk to them because I wanted to sit back and replay the game myself. I thought about what happened and what we could have done better. What I kept coming back to was that you have to be able to make shots, and we didn’t.
    • We talked about a lot of things, especially making shots. It was an off game and it was a bad game. We have got to be able to shake it off and move on.
    • We talked about some stuff that we have to be able to do better. We have got to win some of the 50/50 balls and those types of things. It was a bunch of things.
    • We were in there longer just because it took me longer to get in there to talk to them. I talked to them about the same amount of time I usually do.

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WatchStadium: NC State Has Picked Up 2 of the Top-50 Transfers

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Jeff Goodman of Watch Stadium ranked the Top-50 Graduate Transfers this offseason, and NC State has already inked two of them in Guard Thomas Allen and Forward Pat Andree.

21) Thomas Allen, 6-1, 185, SG, Soph., Nebraska
Stats: 8.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg
Scout’s take: “2-guard who shoots it well. Crafty off the bounce. Average defender.”
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27) Pat Andree, 6-8, 225, F, Lehigh
Stats: 12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 42% 3-pointers
Scout’s take: “Elite catch and shoot with deep range at a legit 6-foot-7. Good passer if a team values passing, limited off the bounce. Can stretch the defense, but limited on defense.”
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They are also still in the mix for a few of the other Graduate Transfers in Goodman’s rankings.

Charleston Southern Graduate Transfer Christian Keeling will be taking an official visit to NC State on May 3rd.

9) Christian Keeling, 6-4, 175, G, Charleston Southern
Stats: 18.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 38% 3-pointers
Scout’s take: “Elite scorer from 3 and mid-range. Very, very good shooter off the catch-and-bounce. Creative to get his spots. Long and good athlete for his size. Good finisher at the rim, but trusts his jump shot more. Defends.”
Schools: Purdue, NC State (5-3), Clemson (4-19), Georgia Tech, North Carolina (4-23)

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Valparaiso Center Derrik Smits took an official visit to Raleigh this past weekend.

28) Derrik Smits, 7-1, 240, C, Valparaiso
Stats: 12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Scout’s take: “Huge, very skilled, posts hard. Scores with his back to the basket. Good passer when doubled. Rebounds at both ends. Needs to improve defensively.”
Schools: Arizona State, NC State, Butler

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PI EXCLUSIVE: NC State’s Kiara Leslie Talks About Going 10th in WNBA Draft

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Two weeks ago, NC State Graduate Senior Kiara Leslie was selected 10th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. I caught up with her, and she gave her thoughts:

Leslie started her collegiate career at Maryland, so she is excited to be heading to familiar territory.

I’m going back to an area I’m am familiar with, and I know a few of their players.

Kiara Leslie

Even though some were shocked Leslie went so high, it wasn’t a complete shock to her.

I knew it was possible. I had a few teams with picks in the 1st round that I had been communicating with. They didn’t confirm where they would take me, but I knew it was possible. It’s been a blessing. Nobody but God made this happen.

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Wolfpack head coach Wes Moore, who came in 2nd in the voting for National Coach of the Year, made a tremendous impact on Leslie’s game over the past two seasons.

This year I had to play a bigger role on the team. He helped me broaden my game and become more comfortable doing things I wasn’t used to doing before.

Kiara Leslie

As a current resident of Holly Springs, North Carolina, it’s awesome to see a native of the Springs make it as a professional athlete.

Not a lot of people from a small town make it to the big stages and play professionally. I am really happy to represent Holly Springs and be a role model for the youth who desire to play professionally as well.

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Cincinnati’s Nysier Brooks Receiving Interest from NC State

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According to CBSSports’ Jon Rotstein, Cincinnati Transfer Nysier Brooks (6’11″/240) is receiving interest from NC State.

Brooks isn’t a graduate transfer, so he would have to sit one year to play one year.

It honestly is an odd move that Brooks submitted his name to the Transfer Portal. He started all 35 games last year for the Bearcats, averaging 8.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He was named Cincinnati’s Defensive Player of the Year.

He’s already 22 years old, and would be 24 by the time he left college if he does in fact transfer.

The reason seems to be stemming from Mike Cronin being hired as UCLA’s coach, as well as a lack of relationship with new coach John Brannen. His Guardian expressed frustration on Twitter that Brannen hadn’t reached out to them yet, and they were leaving Cincinnati as a family.

While it would be huge to add someone of Brooks size and athletic ability, he would suck up 2 years of a scholarship, and only play one. That’s not a big deal if you don’t have anyone already sitting out a year, but Thomas Allen is already doing so. That would leave the Wolfpack with only 11 scholarship players next season.

With that being said, there is some speculation that Brooks could graduate in June, and become a Graduate Transfer.

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NC State is Recruiting Oakland Graduate Transfer Jaevin Cumberland

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According to Joe Giglio of the News & Observer, NC State is actively recruiting Oakland Graduate Transfer Jaevin Cumberland (6’3″/185).

On April 11th, news broke that Jaevin Cumberland would be transferring out of Oakland for his final year of eligibility.

To say that 2018-19 was a breakout season for Cumberland would be an understatement. After playing minimal minutes as a reserve his first two seasons, and redshirting his 3rd year on campus due to a chronic ankle injury, Cumberland started all 33 games for the Golden Grizzlies.

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Cumberland averaged 17.2 points and 3.5 assists this past season, shooting 40% from three-point land.

He took an official visit to Oregon this weekend.

With the exodus of Graduate Wyatt Walker this week, NC State now has 1 scholarship available for next season. Valparaiso Graduate Transfer Derrik Smits is on an official visit in Raleigh this weekend.

Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson is going through the NBA Draft process, and 2019 signee Jalen Lecque officially declared for the NBA Draft yesterday, with today’s deadline looming. Both Johnson and Lecque can end up in Raleigh next year if they go through the process and deem that to be their best situation. Obviously if they go pro, more scholarships will become available.

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