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JUCO SF Atticus Taylor Taking an Official Visit to NC State Next Week

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Junior College standout Small Forward Atticus Taylor (6’7″/205 & 7’2″ Wingspan) is taking an official visit to NC State next week, starting on Wednesday, May 1st.

JUCORecruiting ranks Taylor as the #28 Junior College player in the nation. At one point this year, he was ranked 8th.

Taylor holds offers from Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

He took a an Official Visit to Virginia Tech in January, and wrapped on up at Texas A&M two weeks ago.

As a Freshman this year, Taylor started 12 of the 17 games he played in, averaging 9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He shot 48% from the field, and 37% from three.

Taylor will have three years of eligibility wherever he lands. He was originally a member of the 2017 class.

NC State has 1 more scholarship available currently in 2019, though that number will probably increase.

Valparaiso Graduate Transfer Center Derrik Smits took an official visit this past weekend, and NC State offered 2020 Point Guard Jalen Cone on Wednesday, who has the ability to reclassify to 2019.

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NC State Offers 4-Star PF Dain Dainja

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NC State offered 4-Star Power Forward Dain Dainja (6’9″/260) yesterday.

Rivals ranks Dainja as the #40 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class and the #6 Power Forward. ESPN and 247Sports rank him as the #3 player in the state of Minnesota. 247Sports lists Dainja as a Center, and ranks him as the #7 at the position nationally.

Dainja also holds offers from Baylor, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Marquette, Minnesota, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Louisville, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgetown, Arizona St., Nevada, Syracuse, Xavier and others.

He took an Official Visit to Ohio State on May 13th, 5 days after receiving an offer from the Buckeyes.

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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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