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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts’ Press Conference After NC State Falls to Georgia Tech 63-61 (BULLETTED)

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NC State suffered a devastating 63-61 loss to Georgia Tech last night with the regular season winding down. Below are the videos of head coach Kevin Keatts’ postgame press conference, and a BULLETED breakdown is underneath.

  • Give Georgia Tech a lot of credit. I thought they made some plays down the stretch that we didn’t.
  • I really like my team, but we just came up short.
    • I love my guys. I think my guys have worked hard.
    • It is unfortunate that we lost the game, and I say we, I don’t say them.
  • Going into this game, I was a little concerned because I thought we weren’t practicing well.
    • In particular, I thought in practice we didn’t shoot the ball well.
    • We didn’t do a great job in practice guarding stuff. We had to go over it several times.
  • It’s unfortunate because we had an opportunity here and obviously came up short.
  • We need to figure out how to go on the road and play Boston College at their place.
  • We were in man-to-man and onto them with six seconds to go.
    • It’s hard because we didn’t want to foul, and we know he’s a good free throw shooter.
    • We wanted to make him catch it the other way, and he got a running start and was able to push the ball.
    • It’s unfortunate when you give a good guard six seconds. That’s plenty of time to get down the floor.
    • I thought he did a great job of getting the ball up the floor and made a play. Player made a play.
  • I think it is hard to tell (On NCAA Tournament bid).
    • I don’t know who lost today because I try not to follow it that much.
    • I know everybody talks about bubbles and no bubbles, but I think we will be able to get a clear picture after we play Boston College on the road, and then obviously when we play in the ACC Tournament.
    • I don’t think anybody knows because of the new system of the Net Rankings, so it can go totally different then any selection before.
  • We are still a young team.
    • Most teams have more than three guys returning.
    • What happens with us is even though we have played a lot of games, with so many new pieces, this team is still searching for a leader.
    • There is no consistency as who is the best defender or best offensive guy, but sometimes that shows up.
  • Give Markell Johnson credit. At the end of the game, he completely took the game over.
  • I thought it really hurt us when DJ Funderburk fouled out of the game.
  • We can’t have a night where CJ Bryce and Braxton Beverly shoot for a combined 1-16, especially when the team is playing a zone.
    • Usually they shoot the ball a lot better than that and when those two guys aren’t making plays for us, it is going to be a long night for us.
    • CJ Bryce and Braxton Beverly didn’t lose the game.
  • We didn’t make enough shots. I thought we got some looks but we just weren’t sharp enough.
  • As a team, I can think of 10 to 15 plays that lost the game leading up to it.
    • We were lucky to be in the game.
    • I thought Torin (Dorn) hit a great shot that gave us the chance to win the game.
  • I don’t think DJ Funderburk got shots through our offense in the first half.
    • He was just tremendous at offensive rebounding, so most of his shots came off of offensive rebounds. Every shot that he made was an offensive rebound. He got some shots in the first half where he missed a three and a jump shot, but he was so aggressive getting to the offensive glass, which is where his shots came from.
  • I feel really bad for Torin Dorn because you like to win on Senior Night, and what a great ending it would have been if he had hit that three and they didn’t make a shot at the end. I feel bad.
    • We are talking about a great kid that plays extremely hard.
    • In the last four or five years he has played for five different coaches.
    • He accepts his responsibilities and has thrived in my system.
    • I wish there were more kids like him. You never hear anything about him off the court.
    • He has already graduated and is working on his Master’s degree.
    • He allows us to play small because of the way he can rebound the basketball.
  • I thought Georgia Tech’s defense was effective because we settled for some threes instead of driving it.
    • We knew coming in that we would be able to get some shots from the short corner, which we got, but we just didn’t make them.
    • And then I thought some guys that I thought we needed to drive the ball a little bit more were settling for three point shots.

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Markell Johnson is Returning to NC State for his Senior Season

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What I reported last week has been made official…Markell Johnson will be returning to NC State for his Senior Season.

Johnson went through the NBA Draft Evaluation Process, and despite not receiving an invitation to the 2019 NBA Combine, he did workout for the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets.

This is huge news for the Wolfpack.

Johnson improved in nearly every facet of the game in 2018-19.

  • Field Goal Percentage – 46% –> 48.8%
  • 3-Point Percentage – 40.9% –> 42.2%
  • 2-Point Percentage – 49.1% –> 56.7%
  • Points Peg Game – 8.9 –> 12.6
  • Turnovers – 3.2 –> 2.2

He did see his Assist average go down last season (from an ACC best 7.3 to 4.2), but that was due to the team needing him to be more of a playmaker.

Part of Johnson’s issues as a Junior was foul trouble. He averaged 4 less minutes per game.

Johnson has NBA talent, but he will need to grow as a Senior, and stay on the court, and play more aggressively on a consistent basis.

The return of Markell makes NC State a prospective NCAA Tournament team next year.

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RELEASE: NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Wes Moore Receives New 6-Year Contract

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RALEIGH – After guiding the NC State women’s basketball program to back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances, Wes Moorehas received a new six-year contract. The contract was approved by the Board of Trustees in April and then by the UNC System Board of Governors this week.

“Wes continues to elevate our women’s basketball program and this new contract reflects our commitment to what he is building,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “I look forward to Wes leading NC State women’s basketball for many years to come.”

Moore’s new deal extends him through 2025 and increases his compensation to $750,000 annually.

“I’m grateful to NC State for this commitment and belief in what we’re building,” said Moore. “We’ve made so many significant strides. We have a first-class facility to play in, a wonderful University and city to call home and I’m excited for the future of NC State women’s basketball.”

In six years in Raleigh, Moore has guided the Wolfpack to a 140-58 overall mark, including a 63-33 record in ACC competition. He has led NC State to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 28-6 mark this season which culminated with a No. 9 final ranking, the highest final ranking by the Wolfpack since 1998.

Coaching a squad that lost four significant contributors to season-ending injuries, Moore finished as the runner-up for the Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors in 2019.  

Over the last three seasons NC State has gone a combined 77-24 and has turned renovated Reynolds Coliseum into one of the most formidable home court advantages in women’s basketball. NC State is 47-6 in the building since its renovation earned NCAA Tournament host seeds each of the past two seasons, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen out of Raleigh both years.

Over 30 seasons, Moore is among the all-time winningest college coaches with a career mark of 698-227 (.754), including 25 seasons of 20 or more wins.

Moore is the second winningest coach in program history behind the late Kay Yow. 

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NC State Signee Jalen Lecque NBA Mock Draft Update

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NC State 2019 signee Jalen Lecque is going through the NBA Draft Process, and has until June 10th to pull his name out of the hat. Lecque participated in the NBA Combine last week on the first day, but opted out of competition the next day. Everyone assumes that Lecque and his camp were pleased with his performance, and didn’t want to taint that image.

Here’s a rundown of where Lecque sits in the most recent Mock Drafts:

Sports Illustrated – 2nd Round, #41 overall, Atlanta Hawks (Updated 5/20)

NBADraft.net – 2nd Round, #57 overall, New Orleans Pelicans (Updated 5/15 at 2:01pm)

Sporting News – Top 50 – Unlisted (Updated 5/20)

Tankathon – Undrafted

Net Scouts Basketball – Undrafted (Updated 5/15)

While I think the likelihood of Lecque being in Raleigh next year is slim, I still am concerned for his future success in the NBA. Evan Daniels at 247Sports on numerous occasions has spoken to the fact that his game would benefit by a year in college, especially his shot, and inexperience at the point guard position. The NBA is an unforgiving league, and it’s easy to wash out if your not “NBA ready.”

If Lecque were to choose to come to NC State next year at the end of his evaluation process, there are technically no scholarships available, but I have no doubts that one would somehow become available.

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Markell Johnson UPDATE, Working Out for Hornets Today

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NC State Point Guard Markell Johnson is working out for the Charlotte Hornets today.

Johnson worked out for the Hawks on April 30th, after deciding to go through the NBA Draft Process on April 5th.

With one year of eligibility left, Johnson has until May 29th to decide whether he will return for his Senior season.

According to my sources, Johnson is expected to be back next year. In fact, I was told he met with the team last week to inform them of his plans.

With that being said, Johnson is getting the most out of this process. Even though he wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine, these workouts will give him feedback from NBA coaches and scouts that will be formative for his development.

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