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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.”

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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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Local Stretch 4 Nick Farrar is Visiting NC State Next Week

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2020 Forward Nick Farrar (6’7″/230) of Apex Friendship High School will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State next Tuesday, May 28th.

Farrar doesn’t hold any Power 5 offers at this point, or a star by his name, but does hold offers from Eastern Kenudky, Chattanooga, Houston, Mt. Saint Mary’s, Rhode Island, Robert Morris, Stetson, and Towson.

Don’t expect it to remain that way. Farrar has been one of the hottest names on the AAU circuit this Spring, playing for Big Shots. He recently earned MVP honors at the Josh Level Classic.

Farrar took an unofficial visit to NC State back on February 2nd.

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5-Star SG Jaden Springer Includes NC State in Top-11

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2020 5-Star Shooting Guard Jaden Springer (6’4″/195) revealed his Top-11 schools earlier this week, and NC State made the cut alongside UNC, Florida, Wake Forest, Auburn, Maryland, Memphis, Tennessee, Villanova, Kansas and Texas.

ESPN ranks Springer as the #10 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #1 player in the state of Florida. Rivals and ESPN rank Springer as the #3 Shooting Guard in 2020.

NC State offered Springer all the way back on August 24th, 2017.

Springer plays for IMG Academy down in Bradenton, Florida.

Head Coach Keatts and crew have consistently been in attendance at Springer’s games, and the top prospect has made an unofficial visit to Raleigh in the past.

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NC State 1 of 5 Schools Prioritizing 4-Star C Mark Williams

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According to Tipton Edits, NC State is 1 of 5 school prioritizing 4-Star 2020 Center Mark Williams (7’0″/230) the most, along with Duke, Ohio State, Stanford and UCONN.

The Wolfpack offered Williams last June, and were in to watch him play at the end of April. Stanford was the first of those 5 schools to offer Williams, but NC State was second a month later.

All 5 of the schools have been in to watch or visit with Williams in the past couple of weeks, but Stanford and Duke have taken in-home visits. The Blue Devils are the latest to offer.

247Sports ranks Williams as the #45 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #6 Center. Williams plays for Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, Virginia.

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NC State Makes Final 7 for 4-Star Forward Terrance Williams

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2020 4-Star Forward Terrance Williams (6’6″/215) listed NC State in his Final-7 last night via his Twitter account, along with DePaul, Virginia, Stanford, Georgetown, Notre Dame and South Carolina.

247Sports ranks Williams as the #91 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class nationally, and the #2 player in Washington D.C. Rivals ranks him as the #98 overall player nationally.

NC State offered Williams all the way back in 2017.

Williams plays for Gonzaga High School in Washington D.C.

He has already taken official visits to Virginia (September 21st, 2018), Stanford (October 5th, 2018), Notre Dame (May 3rd, 2019). NC State will hope to get one of his final two official visits.

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