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Rodon Strikes out 9 in Loss to Rays

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Former NC State All-American pitcher Carlos Rodon picked up his second loss of the season on Monday in a duel against reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell of the Rays.

Rodon’s 111 pitches only got him through 4.2 innings, surrendering 4 earned runs. While walks haven’t been a problem through the first two games, they have been in the past, and they were on Monday, walking 5.

It wasn’t all bad for Rodon, striking out 9 (back-to-back). Fifty-five of his pitches went for strikes, including 20 for swinging strikes. Control was the thorn in Rodon’s side.

“Today we probably threw more sliders, but that’s what was working, and we had to go to it,” Rodon said. “In the future, in the near future, it’s going to be more fastballs and mix in some changeups in the repertoire.

Later in the game, it seems like there was a lot of swing-and-miss, but I’d like to have that fastball going in the strike zone more often. Just falling behind hitters, not establishing the strike zone, that’s how you get yourself hurt. I put the damage on myself out there walking five today.”

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Earlier today, Rodon said that he needs to throw more change-ups into his repertoire. Last year he threw the change-up at a 14% clip, which was a career high, but he’s down to 5.1% through three starts this year.

“The changeup is a good pitch when I’m behind, a pitch that gets early contact, ground balls, something that I think I’ll be featuring more. It will help command-wise, it will help fastball command. It’s a plus changeup. I just need to use it more. Right now, I’m 50-50 [with fastball/slider]. As a hitter, think about it? Flip a coin. The odds are easier for them. Mix in a changeup now and then and a lot of things change.“

Carlos Rodon

Rodon is now 1-2 on the year, with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts in 16 innings through 3 starts. His next start is scheduled to be against the Yankees on Sunday.

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A Look at the 22 NC State Players who have Played in the NBA Playoffs

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We are about half way through the first round of the 2019 playoffs, and while no former NC State players are currently in the postseason, 22 former Wolfpackers have played in the playoffs in the past.

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Former NC State Point Guard, and current Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan, played 98 playoff games, marking the most by a former Wolfpack player.

McMillan has the most career assists (505) and steals (131) by a former NC State player, and Thurl Bailey has the most points (929), rebounds (382) and blocks (82).

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Best NBA Playoff Performers & Performances by NC State Players

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With the 1st round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs up and running, it’s a good time to take a look at the best NBA Playoff Performers and Performances by former NC State players.

Points per Game in Playoffs

  1. David Thompson – 22.9 (27 games)
  2. Tommy Burleson – 20.7 (15 games)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 13.5 (69 games)
  4. Kenny Carr – 10.5 (35 games)

Rebounds per Game in Playoffs

  1. Tommy Burleson – 10.2 (15 games)
  2. Kenny Carr – 6.6 (35 games)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 5.5 (69 games)

Assists per Game in the Playoffs

  1. Nate McMillan – 5.5 (98 games)
  2. Spud Webb – 5.1 (39 games)

Points Scored in a Single Playoff Game

  1. David Thompson – 42
  2. DavidThompson – 40 (2x)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 39
  4. David Thompson 37
  5. Tommy Burleson – 33
  6. 31 Points – David Thompson & Thurl Bailey
  7. Thurl Bailey – 30
  8. 29 points – Vinny Del Negro/David Thompson/

Rebounds in a Single Playoff Game

  1. Tommy Burleson – 20
  2. Kenny Carr – 18
  3. Kenny Carr – 15
  4. Thurl Bailey – 14 (2x)
  5. Thurl Bailey – 13

Assists in a Single Playoff Game

  1. Spud Webb – 18
  2. Nate McMillan – 16
  3. Nae McMillana – 15
  4. Spud Webb – 14
  5. Spud Webb – 13
  6. 12 – Nate McMillan (2x)/Spud Webb

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TJ Warren’s Hot Hand From Deep was Cut Short in 2018-19: YEAR 5 RECAP

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Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren just wrapped up his 5th season in the NBA, all played with the Phoenix Suns, who drafted him 14th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

It was a frustrating ending for Warren, missing the final 33 games of the season due to an ankle injury, which ultimately was determined to be a severe bruise.

In 43 games (36 starts), Warren averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 48.6% from the field, and a super impressive 42.8% three-point percentage.

To put it in perspective, he shot 22.2% from beyond the arch last year.

Warren picked up a $250,000 bonus for shooting over 37% from three, and missed another $250,000 bonus by 5 three-point attempts. He needed 185 attempts for the bonus, and shot 180.

Tony Bucket’s highest scoring performance of the year came on December 13th, when he dropped 30 points on the Mavs.

Warren just finished the 2nd season on his 4-year contract extension worth $50 million. He is due $10.8 million next season, $11.7 million in 2020-21 and $12.69 million in 2021-22.

There is speculation on whether or not Warren will be a member of the Suns, because he is an enticing player for the Suns to package in a deal.

With that being said, Warren is optimistic about Phoenix taking a step forward next year.

“We’ve got the talent,” Warren said. “We’ve got the players. All it’s about is coming together. Building together. Growing together. Josh (Jackson), Kelly (Oubre Jr.) Book (Devin Booker), Tyler (Johnson) D.A. (Deandre Ayton). We have the nucleus to really make some things happen. It’s going to be a big offseason for everybody. Hopefully everybody is going to work, which I know they are.”

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Through 5 seasons, Warren’s career scoring average of 14.4 is the third highest by a former Wolfpack player.

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Seahawks Make Russell Wilson the Highest Paid Player in the NFL

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There was a time when he was a 2-star prospect coming out of high school. There was a time that all the pundits said that his game wouldn’t translate to the NFL.

Shortly after the clock struck Midnight, former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson signed a 4-year $140 million contract extension with the Seahawks, including a $65 million signing bonus, making him the highest paid player in the NFL.

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“Hey Seattle, we got a deal. Go Hawks. But I’ma see ya’ll in the morning. Time for ya’ll to go to bed.”

Russell Wilson

2 weeks ago, Wilson gave the Seahawks a April 15th deadline for his contract to be signed. He wasn’t going to allow contract negotiations carry on once the Seahawks were back on the field. There weren’t going to be any distractions.

I guess it’s ok to allow a deadline to be broken by 45 minutes when someone makes you the highest paid player in the league.

Wilson will be the highest paid player per year at $35 million, and his $65 million signing bonus is record breaking as well.

Last season, Wilson threw 35 touchdowns, and boasted a QB Rating of 110.9, which were both career highs, and ranked 3rd in the league.


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