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NC State Offers 4-Star PG Jalen Cone

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Truthfully, I have no idea why it took so long for this to happen.

NC State’s Kevin Keatts went and watched 4-Star 2020 Point Guard Jalen Cone (5’9″/163) workout today, and left him with an offer.

Cone has been on NC State’s campus numerous times, and attended the Virginia Tech (WHY GOD?) this season.

He’s ranked as the #55 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class according to ESPN, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina. 247Sports ranks him as the #11 point guard.

Here’s the catch.

Cone has been offered in both the 2019 and 2020 class.

Earlier this month Cone revealed that not only could he potentially reclassify to the 2019 class, but that he was seriously considering it.

“Things are starting to pick up a little bit more but with the news that some colleges are offering me to come early because of some guys entering the draft and others not coming back,” Cone said about a potential move into the 2019 class. “They need somebody to fill the point guard position so things are really starting to pick up.”

“Really, it will be all about what is best for me and figuring out if I need another year of high school to mature my game more but if it is good for me to go to college and play now or even redshirt, then that would be the option I would choose,” Cone said. “If I do it, I would have to decide very soon so I would have to look at what the best fit is for me and to see how long the coaches are going to be there. I don’t want to go early to college and then they leave after I am there for just one year.”

Rivals

Tennessee was the first school to offer Cone as a 2019 recruit, and Texas A&M, Providence, Boston College, and Ole Miss followed suit.

Out of all those schools, NC State is the only North Carolina school, and Cone plays for Walkertown High School (Kernersville, NC). He averaged 25.7 points and 6.6 assists for the Wolfpack.

Yeah, you read that right. Cone’s high school mascot is the Wolfpack. Colors: Red, White and Black. It’s downright comical…or maybe providential.

NC State technically only has one scholarship left right now for 2019. Valparaiso Graduate Transfer Center Derrik Smits took an official visit this past weekend, and Charleston Southern Graduate Transfer Guard Christian Keeling is taking an Official Visit on the weekend of May 3rd.

Obviously there isn’t room for Smits, Keeling, and Cone, or even two of the three at this point.

Small hunch?

Maybe Keatts and crew has a good idea that either 4-star signee Jalen Lecque plans on staying in the NBA Draft, or Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson won’t be returning.

In my opinion, Cone isn’t a player that you take simply if Johnson or Lecque aren’t in Raleigh next year. Cone is a player that you get on your roster no matter what it takes, no matter the recruiting class.

Cone is a rare talent. He is an elite scorer, possesses filthy handles, and has a good handle on Damian Lillard’s side-step jumper. Don’t let the 5’9″ height concern you. He had a 41-inch vertical two years ago, and will put someone on a poster in a second.

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4-Star C Cliff Omoruyi Includes NC State in Top-8

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4-Star 2020 Center Cliff Omoruyi (6’11″/235) revealed his Top-8 schools today, and NC State made the cut alongside Memphis, UCONN, Rutgers, Kentucky, Miami, Auburn, and Arizona State.

NC State offered Omoruyi back on June 30th of last year, and he included the Wolfpack in his Top-13 back on September 28th.

247Sports ranks Omoruyi as the #42 overall player in the nation in the 2020 recruiting class, the #8 Center, and the #2 player in the state of New Jersey. Omoruyi plays for Roselle Catholic (Roselle, NJ).

He doesn’t plan on making his decision until April 15th.

Technically speaking, NC State’s class is full, but you have to always be prepared for attrition, especially if Redshirt Junior Forward D.J. Funderburk decides to explore his professional options after 4 years of college.

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REEL: Josh Hall & Shakeel Moore vs. Combine Academy

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NC State 2020 Men’s Basketball commits Josh Hall and Shakeel Moore led Moravian Prep to a 82-54 victory over Combine Academy at 2019 Gate City Classic this past weekend. Hall finished with 27 points and Moore finished with 17. Check out the REEL below from PhenomHoopsReport.

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REEL: Josh Hall & Shakeel Moore Highlights vs. Piedmont Classical

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Check out the PhenomHoopsReport Highlight Reel of Moravian Prep vs. Piedmont Classical, featuring NC State commits Josh Hall and Shakeel Moore.

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HoopStateNetwork: 2-Game Highlight Reel of Josh Hall & Shakeel Moore at Phenom Hoops National Showcase

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Our friends over at the Hoop State Network released a 2-game recap of Josh Hall and Shakeel Moore’s performances at the Phenom Hoops National Showcase this past weekend in Raleigh.

Included in the video are highlights of the two of them on the court, and them revealing their decision to run with the Wolfpack.

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