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Valparaiso Graduate Transfer Derrik Smits Visiting NC State Soon

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Derrik Smits (7’1″/235) decided to transfer from Valparaiso on March 18th after graduating.

As you can see above, Reamer reported that Smits is planning on going through the Draft process, with the option to return to school (which is most likely).

Reamer reported yesterday that Smits has already visited Butler, and will be visiting Arizona State and NC State over the next 10 days, and will choose between those three schools.

Coming out of high school, Smits was a 3-star prospect, ranked as the #11 player in the state of Indiana. Smits chose Valparaiso over offers from Butler, Clemson, Xavier and Indiana.

Smits sat out his first season at Valpo due to injury, and then played the past three seasons.

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He saw a big jump across the board last year, seeing career highs in games started (25), minutes played (21.7), field goal percentage (59.4%), rebounds (5.7), and points (12.2).

NC State can fill 1 more spot before next season, and a front-court player is the priority. Pat Andree (6’8″), Graduate Transfer out of Lehigh, is on campus in Raleigh for a visit this weekend.

Andree has the height of a big fella, but is also a three-point specialist (41%). Smits is your prototypical “big.”

Smits has NBA pedigree. You might remember his pops: Rik Smits.

His father played 12 seasons in the NBA, was an All-Star in 1997-98, and averaged 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Smits gets his height from his father, who stood 7’4′.

With one year of eligibility left, Smits has to decide if he’s willing to leave the state of Indiana. He has the option to stay in-state by going to Butler, or he can check out the West coast at Arizona State, or the East coast at NC State.

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Kevin Keatts Presser After UVA Victory: BULLETED

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after his Wolfpack squad pulled off a big victory at Virginia last night, winning 53-51. You can watch the presser here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.

  • 2nd game in a row our guys stepped up and won the game on the defensive end.
  • Knew coming in this is a tough place to play. Virginia is so great on the defensive end.
  • I thought our guys did a tremendous job.
  • This is as tough a game as we’re going to play, especially after playing on Saturday with a short turnaround.
    • To prepare for Virginia with their offense and defense, and add in the fact that we were without Manny Bates and Pat Andree, it made it look tougher.
  • Markell Johnson made some great decisions. He played the entire game without having a turnover.
  • C.J. Bryce is really good. He was tremendous at the end. What a play he made.
  • Give Danny Dixon a lot of credit.
    • Hasn’t played a lot of basketball.
    • Hurt for awhile
    • Stepped in and played well.
  • When we were up 3, I decided to foul because all of the momentum was going towards those guys, and I didn’t want them to come down and make a 3.
    • I thought if they made a 3 in this building, it would be tough for us to win in overtime.
  • I’ve decided this year not to look at the NET.
  • Everybody is saying that the ACC is down. I don’t agree with that.
    • I think the ACC is just balanced. I think we’re still one of the top conferences in the country.
    • We just don’t have the superstars.
  • I’ve got tremendous respect for what Tony Bennett has done here. Because I am from Virginia, I do respect the fact of what he’s done here and what he’s built here.
  • We’re excited because it’s a road win, not just because it’s in Virginia.
  • I don’t know how long Manny Bates will be out.
    • When I saw him get hit, I thought he had something like whiplash.
    • He is in the concussion protocol.
    • I texted him this morning and asked how he was feeling, and he said he was doing ok.
    • He was actually in the training room.
  • Pat Andree has sprained that ankle probably 20 times in his career, so hopefully he’ll be fine also.

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NC State 53 Virginia 51: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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The Wolfpack beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville for the first time since 2005 last night, holding on for a 53-51 victory. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 53 Virginia 51: BOX SCORE

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NC State defeated Virginia on the road 53-51 last night, improving to 14-5 on the year. The Box Score is below.

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INJURY UPDATE: NC State will be shorthanded tonight vs UVA

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There have been some unconfirmed rumors floating around that Manny Bates did not travel with the team and thus would not be available tonight for the Wolfpack. We have now confirmed those rumors.

Bates did not travel to Charlottesville with the team after suffering a head injury in the early going vs. Clemson. This means State will be shorthanded in the frontcourt tonight against a very big and very physical UVA team.

To make matters worse, Pat Andree is also not likely to be suiting up tonight out for the Wolfpack. Andree suffered an ankle/foot injury. Sources are telling us they hope to have Manny Bates back by this weekend, but we’ve yet to hear a timetable for Andree..

NC State takes on UVA with a short bench and will rely heavily on DJ Funderburk in the middle. Danny Dixon will see extended minutes and Braxton Beverly will see an uptick in usage after logging just 7 minutes against Clemson.

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