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NC State Ranks 11th in Final Winter Directors’ Cup Rankings

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With the conclusion of the Women’s Gymnastics season, the Final Winter Directors’ Cup Rankings are out, and NC State is sitting pretty at 11th. Last year they finished the Winter ranked 5th, and ended the year ranked 15th

The Wolfpack moved up 3 spots after the Women’s Gymnastics team finished ranked 25th, netting 47.5 points. Last year they finished 13th, picking up 59.25 points.

Once again, the Women’s Basketball team finished 9th, picking up 64 points. Unfortunately, the Men basketball team picked up 0 points this year. Last year, the boys finished 33rd, and picked up 25 points.

The Men’s team finished in 4th place with 80 points once again this year, but the Women’s team stepped it up a notch this year. Last year the ladies finished in 18th place with 56 points. This year they finished in 7th place with 72 points. 

The Wrestling team took a slight step back this year, but still picked up points. Last year they finished in 4th place with 77.5 points. This year they finished in 17th place with 57 points. 

This year, neither Men’s or Women’s Indoor Track & Field teams picked up any points. Last year, the Men’s team finished in 45th place with 26 points.

Most Points in 2019 Winter Sports – Men’s Swimming & Diving
Lowest Points in 2018 Fall Sports – Men’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field
Biggest Gain – Women’s Swimming & Diving: +16
Biggest Loser – Men’s Basketball: -25

Year-by-Year Comparison

  • ↓Women’s Gymnastics: 2017-18 – 13th (47.5)/2018-19- 25th (59.25)
  • ↑Women’s Swimming & Diving – 2017-18 – 18th (56)/2018-19 – 7th (72)
  • -Men’s Swimming & Diving – 2017-18 – 4th (80)/2018-19 – 4th (80)
  • -Women’s Basketball – 2017-18 – 9th (64)/2018-19 – 9th (64)
  • ↓Men’s Basketball – 2017-18 – 33rd (25 points)/2018-19 – 0
  • ↓Men’s Wrestling – 2017-18 – 4th (77.5)/2018-19 – 17th (57)
  • ↓Men’s Indoor Track & Field – 2017-18 – 45th (26)/2018-19 – 0
  • ↓Women’s Indoor Track & Field – 2017-18 – 0/2018-19 – 0

To summarize how NC State finished the Fall:

The Wolfpack Women’s Cross Country team won their 3rd straight ACC Championship (24th overall), and the Men’s team finished 3rd. In the NCAA Championships, the Men finished 11th, and the Women finished 13th, marking the first time both teams finished in the Top-15 since 2003.

The NC State Women’s Soccer Team finished ranked in the Top-25 for the third consecutive season (first time since 1990-92), landing at #21 in the TopDrawerSoccer Poll, and a record best 18th in the RPI rankings. The Wolfpack advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year (first time since 1994-96), and to the Sweet 16 for the 2nd time in 3 seasons.

The Wolfpack Men’s Soccer Team finished at #24 in the TopDrawerSoccer Top-25 Poll, advanced to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the 1st time since 1991-92, and won their first game in the tourney since 1994.

NC State picked up 0 points from their Women’s Volleyball team this year, whereas they picked up 50 last year after winning their first NCAA tournament match ever. Last year the Wolfpack won 23 matches, compared to 15 this year, failing to advance to the dance.

The Football team finished with a 9-4 record, but saw a drop off this year, finishing outside the Top-25 in the Final AP Poll. Last year they tallied 51 points from Football in the Directors’ Cup standings, and this year that was cut in half.

Most Points in 2018 Fall Sports – Men’s Cross Country
Lowest Points in 2018 Fall Sports – Women’s Volleyball
Biggest Gain – Men’s Soccer +25
Biggest Loser – Women’s Volleyball -25

Year-by-Year Comparison

↓Women’s Cross Country: 2017 – 70.5 points/2018 – 63 points
↑Men’s Cross Country – 2017 – 57 points/2018 – 66 points
↓Football – 2017 – 51 points/2018 – 25 points
↑Women’s Soccer – 2017 – 50 points/2018 – 64 points
↑Men’s Soccer – 2017 – 25 points/2018 – 50 points
↓Women’s Volley ball – 2017 – 50 points/2018 – 0 points


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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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