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VIDEO: Keatts & Dorn’s Press Conference After Falling to Lipscomb in NIT

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NC State’s 2018-19 Men’s Basketball season came to a close last night in dramatic fashion, losing in the final seconds to Lipscomb in the Quarterfinals of the NIT. Above is the video of head coach Kevin Keatts and Senior Torin Dorn’s postgame press conference, and a bulleted breakdown is below.

KEATTS

  • 1st of all, I would love to thank our passionate fan base.
    • When you talk about us making the NIT and playing three electric games in this building, our fan base turned out and was incredible for all three.
    • That says a lot about our fans and how passionate they are.
  • 2nd, I’d like to thank my players.
    • We went 24-12 this season and I don’t think there was a game out of those 35 games that there wasn’t a maximum effort, win or loss.
    • Sometimes the ball didn’t go in, and we had highs, and we had lows. We had one game where we scored 24 points.
    • Every single time we stepped on the floor, those guys competed for me. We are trying to establish a great culture, and I think we are moving in the right direction.
    • My coaching staff did a tremendous job preparing these guys.
    • Their families and parents of these young men have worked hard to lead me to coaching their kids.
  • That being said, what a great game to watch. It was a tremendous offensive game.
    • I felt like whoever had the ball the last time would have the chance to win it. I
    • Markell Johnson made a great play down the stretch to give us the lead, and their point guard did the same thing. He had a great steal at the end and then made a play to win the game.
  • I am proud of my guys. No one wants their season to end this way, but when I look at our body of work, I can sleep at night feeling like our program is moving in the right direction. Our guys have gained valuable experience from this.
    • We are one of 20 teams, between the NCAA and the NIT, that are still playing basketball up until today.
    • When I got in the locker room, I gave everybody a hug because I am proud of how hard we competed.
    • If we continue to get better, then we will learn from this and be able to keep moving the program forward.
  • Torin Dorn has meant a lot to this program.
    • I have taken a 6’5” guy and asked him to be successful in the ACC as a big guard and power forward. He has embraced that role and played extremely hard.
    • He led us in both rebounding and scoring.
    • I think the thing that stands out about him is that as good of a basketball player is, he is an even better person.
      • He is an ambassador for NC State. He believes in the brand of NC State. He is everything you think about culture when you think about a young man that is already graduated and is working on another degree. You never have to worry about him off the court. He does all of the right stuff. He has matured right in front of our eyes.
    • He was a disappointed young man when I took the job because the year before he had a really good non-conference, but when conference came around he didn’t have the same opportunities.
    • To see him play his last game and be aggressive, scoring 34 points in an electric arena, it means a lot to me.
    • When we all get in this business, we want to know that we are sending young men into the real world ready. I don’t know if there is another young man in the world that is more ready than Torin Dorn.
    • When you talk about a guy who does everything right, that is Torin Dorn.”
  • I thought the ball bounced in Cooper’s hand. When he made the corner three, I thought it was good.
  • Mathews’ game tonight was outstanding. We knew coming in he was a big time scorer. I am leaving the game saying that he is the best scorer that I played against this year.
    • He raised up and made shots. He made shots on the break.
    • There was a point in the game where he was scoring, when I wanted to go out there, and then I realized I’ve had patella tendon surgery and I couldn’t guard him either.
    • A majority of the shots were tough shots, and we wanted him to take tough shots, but he was good. And he had a great night, and I tip my hat to him.
  • They are an elite offensive team and I knew that coming in. They are number eight in the country as far as scoring goes.
  • When I took the job, I promised that we would compete and play hard. I also promised that we would play a style that our fans would love.
    • If you look at our fans, they have turned out whether we are playing at PNC or if we are playing in Reynolds.
  • Our guys are fighters. We don’t have the talent that some of the teams that we are playing against in the ACC have right now, but I will tell you that every time we go out on the floor, our guys compete and fight.
  • I think we are moving in the right direction. I hope the guys continue in the program to get better. We are looking for guys to return.
    • The guys that are moving on, Torin Dorn and Eric Lockett, I wish them a lot of success because I think both of those guys will play basketball, but when the ball stops, they both will be successful in life.
  • Markell Johnson has grown so much. I know you guys remember when he came to school.
    • Anybody can look at him and see that he has taken big strides. He has taken strides on the basketball court, in the classroom and on campus.
    • I am harder on my point guard because I expect those guys to be an extension of me on the court. Anytime there is a breakdown, whoever is running the point at the time is going to be the guy that is going to get it.
    • He has had a tremendous year. I have been on him all year about being consistent, and I thought he got consistent.
    • He has still got to get better in a lot of areas. I love his play. He led our team and made big shots for us when we needed to. Our team started to rely on him at the end of the year to make those shots and for the most part, he did.
  • I hope that everyone will return. Now, obviously you guys read, and know there’s over 400 guys in the transfer pool, so you never know.
    • I’ll take a couple of days and I’ll let everyone’s mind get clear, and let the guys catch up on some academic stuff, and then I typically have a meeting with each individual guy and kind of figure out where they are mentally.
    • We’ve got a tremendous freshman that’s sitting out in Manny Bates, and I think if we can add him to the mix, along with some of the guys that we have coming in that we’re going to sign, and guys that we will recruit, I think we can keep moving the program in the right direction.
  • I know everyone talks about the NCAA Tournament, and that’s our goal too. From our perspective, we thought we did pretty much enough to get there.
  • If i’m not mistaken, we’ve won 45 games in two years.
  • I’ve always come from a background where development is huge, and so some of the guys, we want to break their game down, and get better in their areas.
  • I know why I got the Technical Foul. I don’t know why the call was made, but I absolutely deserved a technical foul. I was very upset and I thought it was a bad call, and that’s a disagreement, so I definitely know why I got it.
  • I know it’s been a big conversation about Reynolds, and obviously y’all know how much I love Reynolds.
    • That being said, we’re probably one of the few teams in the country that has two great places to play. PNC is an unbelievable arena. It holds 19,000 ,and we sell that place when we recruit. We sell it as a part of our incredible fanbase.
    • From what I’ve been told we have about 10,000 season ticket holders. You can’t fit 10,000 people in here, so it’s got to be a great balance.
    • That being said, there may be more than one game in this building if we can figure out how to do it. I don’t want to put anybody in a bad spot because it would be unfair for me to say, ‘I want to play six games in here,’ when I don’t know the whole history.
    • I do know that we have a certain number of games that we have to play in PNC, which is 15, and I do know that we have a season-ticket base of 10,000 season tickets.
    • I know we have to allow our student body a certain number of tickets, so if we could figure that out and keep everybody happy, then I’d certainly love to play a couple more games.

DORN

  • Honestly, I will just remember the electric environment that it was tonight.
  • I just tried to play every play in the moment, take it in, and enjoy it because win or lose, that would be my last game at State in front of our home fans.
  • It’s definitely tough. Any loss is tough for me because I love to win.
  • I was more upset for my teammates and being hard on myself because I feel like I could have made a couple plays down the stretch, and it would have been a little different, but that’s life.
  • Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way and it’s about how you react to it and how you come back from it.
  • That was probably the most intense and most electric game I’ve ever played at Reynolds. Probably one of the most fun games I’ve had at State.
  • I’ll remember my teammates, all the teammates that I’ve had over the years, and all the great times that we’ve had.
    • All my great coaches that have been able to impart some wisdom on me.
    • All the fans that come out and support us everyday.
    • Every game is amazing, and I try to take it in every game.
  • NC State is a beautiful place and it’s a place where a lot of people love to get behind a team that works hard. We’ve seen that and that energy has just been able to carry on, so I’ll remember that.
  • I would say basketball is kind of like life. It’s a rollercoaster and you can never get too high or too low, so everything I learned on the court and off the court, I’ll be able to take into being a father or a husband one day.
    • Being able to stay even-keel, and trying to inspire other people to be able to chase their dreams because NC State has allowed me a chance to chase mine.
  • Everyday since I was 11 years old, I prayed at night to be able to play in the ACC, and NC State gave me the chance to do that. I can’t be more happy and can’t be more blessed for the opportunity.
  • Honestly, it’s hard to pick one favorite memory with Coach Keatts. It’s really hard to pick one memory, that’s like picking your favorite song, there’s too many to choose from.
    • I would just say the energy that he brought to NC State is my favorite memory. Being here for so long, I was able to see the change in energy and it carried on through the program, and through the fan base. That’s my favorite memory of coach.

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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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