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NC State Reaching Out to Little Rock Transfer Rayjon Tucker

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According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, NC State is one of the schools that has reached out to Little Rock Graduate Transfer Rayjon Tucker (6’5″/210).

Tucker was a 3-star prospect at Northside Christian Academy (Charlotte, NC) in the 2015 recruiting class. Rivals ranked him as the #123 overall player in 2015, and 247Sports ranked him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Prior to committing to FGCU, Tucker also held offers from Clemson, Auburn, Boston College, Virginia Tech, VCU, UNCG, Wofford and others.

He spent his first two years as a member of Florida Gulf Coast. He primarily came off the bench during his two years down in Fort Myers, but shot 41.7% from beyond the arch.

After his Sophomore season, Tucker decided to transfer to Little Rock, and sat out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. In his 1 season in Arkansas, Tucker broke out.

Tucker earned 2nd Team All-Sun Belt honors this year, leading the Trojans in scoring with 20.3 points per game, shooting a clean 41.1% from three-point land. He also averaged 6.7 rebounds per game.

As we are all aware of, NC State has been a hub for Graduate Transfers in recent history:

2018-19 – Eric Lockett & Wyatt Walker
2017-18 – Allerik Freeman & Sam Hunt

Don’t get it confused…he’s not only a 3-point artist.

Here is his highlight reel from the summer before his Senior year in High School. My man can fly.

Tucker will be visiting Nevada this weekend.

He will be be able to play immediately wherever he lands, and has 1-year of eligibility.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball Ranked 28th in KenPom’s 2019-20 Preseason Rankings

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Stat junkie KenPom’s preseason 2019-20 rankings are out, and the NC State Men’s Basketball team sits at 28th nationally to start the year.

The Wolfpack’s is projected to rank 10th nationally in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency, with the Defense sitting at 64th.

NC State sits at 6th in the ACC in these preseason rankings, which lines up perfectly with the Official Preseason rankings by the ACC Media. They are projected to have the 4th most efficient offense, and the 12th most efficient defense.

The Wolfpack is projected to go 22-9 in the regular season.

NC State finished the 2018-19 season ranked 41st nationally in KenPom’s final rankings.

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Primetime with the Pack: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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The NC State Men and Women’s Basketball teams put on a show for the fans last night at Primetime with the Pack at Reynold’s Coliseum.

Freshman Dereon Seabron won the dunk contest. Graduate Senior Pat Andree won the three-point contest. Sophomore Jericole Hellems won the skills competition.

The Men’s Basketball team have a “secret” scrimmage against East Carolina tomorrow, and their first Exhibition Game is next Sunday, October 27th, against Mount Olive. The season opener at home against Georgia Tech is on November 5th.

The Women’s Basketball team have an Exhibition Game against Anderson in Reynolds Coliseum on October 31st, and their season opener is on November 6th against North Carolina A&T at home.

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Andy Katz Ranks NC State’s Markell Johnson as the #4 Player in the ACC

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released a podcast two days ago previewing the 2019-20 ACC Men’s Basketball season, and he thinks that NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson is the 4th best player in the conference.

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Here’s what Katz had to say about Johnson in the Top-10 breakdown on the podcast.

“He’s a stat stuffer. If NC State goes to the NCAA Tournament, Markell Johnson will lead them. At ACC Media Day told me that he needs to come more out of his shell. He knows that. To be much more demonstrative. Kevin Keatts is putting it on him to become a player like that.” (Katz)

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NC State Being Sued by N&O, WRAL, ABC11 & NY Times

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According to Will Doran of the N&O, the News & Observer, WRAL, ABC11, and the New York Times have filed a lawsuit against NC State for refusing to turn over records related to Dennis Smith Jr. and the NCAA’s investigation into the Men’s Basketball program.

The article claims that for the past two years, the university has been “knowingly and intentionally violating the law by refusing to turn over public records.” Specifically, documentation of electronic communication and phone records have been denied according to the report.

After the release of the article, a spokesperson of the university reached out to Doran last night to inform him that they had “not seen or been served with the lawsuit and would wait to comment until officials have reviewed it.” The spokesperson also had this to say in a statement:

“N.C. State has released thousands of pages of documents and has acted in good faith and transparency throughout the federal and NCAA investigations,” the spokesperson said. “In addition, the university was prepared to release extensive phone records, but that release has been blocked by a temporary court order.” (N&O)

You can read Doran’s article in full here.

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