Connect with us

NC State Basketball

NC State Trounces Syracuse 73-58 in a STATEMENT Victory

Published

on

Last night’s victory 73-58 over Syracuse was a resume builder for NC State.

Both teams shot the ball poorly in the 1st half (NC State – 37%/Syracuse – 31%), with the Wolfpack holding a mere 3-point lead at the break.

The 2nd half was a different story, at least for the Wolfpack. NC State shot 64% from the field in the 2nd half, while the Orangemen only managed to shoot 39%.

Sophomore Braxton Beverly’s had the hot hand in both halves, finishing with 21 points, which tied his career-high. Beverly was 4 of 8 from deep, and a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line.

The Captain has been en fuego here recently, shooting 59% from three (13/22) the past 3 games, after going 0-9 against Virginia Tech. He is shooting 39.3% from beyond the arch on the year.

Beverly’s 4 assists were 2nd on the team behind Junior Markell Johnson’s 5.

Torin Dorn’s ability to slip into the middle of Syracuse’s zone defense was crucial. The Senior finished with his 5th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points (14 in the 2nd half) and snagging 12 boards (season-high).

Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk was the third member of the Wolfpack in double figures, finishing with 12 points (3-4 FG).

Last night’s victory was one of the Wolfpack’s most unselfish games of the year, and their best defensive effort according to head coach Kevin Keatts.

NC State had 19 assists on 24 made field goals (best ratio of the year), and held Syracuse to 35% shooting from the field.

(Let’s simply ignore the fact that the Wolfpack turned the ball over 20 times.)

The Wolfpack finished the game shooting 49% from the field, and an uncharacteristic 83.3% from the free-throw line (20-24).

The 15-point margin of victory is the largest in conference play this year, and it’s worth noting that the only two ACC games in which the Wolfpack have led by double digits are the past two.

NC State is now 18-7 overall, and 6-6 in the ACC. After a 3-game losing streak, the Wolfpack will look to shock the world, and make it a 3-game winning streak with a victory at Duke at 6pm.

 

 

NC State Basketball

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

Published

on

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.”
SchoolsCOMMITTED TO NC STATE

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.”
SchoolsCOMMITTED TO NC STATE

Watch Stadium

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)

Watch Stadium

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

Watch Stadium

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

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

Published

on

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.

Kiara Leslie

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.

Kiara Leslie

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

Cincinnati’s Nysier Brooks Receiving Interest from NC State

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

NC State is Recruiting Oakland Graduate Transfer Jaevin Cumberland

Published

on

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.

Sports Reference

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.

Continue Reading

Trending