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UPDATED: NC State’s 2019-20 Men’s Basketball Projected Roster/Eligibility

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With the commitment of Lehigh Graduate Transfer Pat Andree last night, and the exodus of Wyatt Walker, NC State technically has 12 of their 13 scholarships filled for the 2019-20 Men’s Basketball season.

1-Year of Eligibility Left

  • Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson
  • Redshirt Senior Guard CJ Bryce
  • Graduate Senior Power Forward Pat Andree

2-Years of Eligibility Left

  • Junior Guard Braxton Beverly
  • Junior Point Guard Blake Harris
  • Redshirt Junior Guard Devon Daniels
  • Redshirt Junior Forward DJ Funderburk
  • Redshirt Sophomore Guard Thomas Allen (Transferred from Nebraska. Has to sit out a year due to transfer rules)

3-Years of Eligibility Left

  • Sophomore Forward Jericole Hellems

4-Years of Eligibility Left

  • Redshirt Freshman Forward Manny Bates
  • Freshman Guard Dereon Seabron
  • Freshman Guard Jalen Lecque

Notes

  • Next years team will have much more continuity heading into the season than this past season. Last year NC State only returned 3 players. Next year the Wolfpack currently has 8 players returning, barring anyone leaving.
  • Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson and incoming Freshman Point Guard Jalen Lecque are both going through the NBA Draft process to evaluate their options, but have until May 29th to make their decision.
  • News broke that Graduate Wyatt Walker wouldn’t return for his final season of college eligibility today. Forward Ian Steere transferred after 1 game, and Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones left the team to pursue his professional career.
  • While there is 1 scholarship open at this point, if Johnson or Lecque go pro, or anyone else leaves, more spots could open up. Valparaiso Graduate Transfer Derrik Smits is taking an Official Visit to NC State, and it looks like Charleston Southern Graduate Transfer Christian Keeling will be taking a visit as well.

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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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NC State’s Thomas Allen to Have Surgery on Ankle

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NC State Guard Thomas Allen announced he will be having surgery on his ankle this Wednesday.

After playing only 19 minutes against Michigan on February 28th, Allen wouldn’t play for Nebraska again in 2018-19, sitting out the Cornhusker’s final 7 games.

The extent of Allen’s injury is unknown.

Allen will have plenty of time to recover, sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. He started 25 of the 29 games he played in this year, averaging 8.7 points, shooting 36.4% from beyond the arch as a Sophomore.

On April 2nd, Allen announced he was transferring from Nebraska, and committed to NC State on April 5th. He will have two years to play after sitting out next season.

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NC State Baseball Finishes Regular Season Ranked 3rd in the ACC

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NC State’s Baseball team wrapped up their regular season yesterday with an 11-0 victory over UNC, clinching the series over their rival. The series also gave them the #3 spot in the ACC heading into the ACC Tournament this week, it also booted the Tar Heels to #5.

The Wolfpack will be in Pool C with Florida State (#6) and Wake Forest (#10).

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Here’s a look at all 4 pools.

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Each team in the four pools will play one game against each of the other two opponents in its pool Tuesday through Friday (May 21-24). The four teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to Saturday’s semifinals, with the winners playing on Sunday in the ACC Championship Game.

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Times for this weeks games will be announced later today.

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