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PI EXLCUSIVE: Nick Farrar Talks NC State Commitment

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3-Star 2020 Power Forward Nick Farrar verbally committed to NC State on Wednesday, and I caught up with him to get his take on his reasons for choosing to run with the Wolfpack.

Making his college decision on August 7th wasn’t random for Farrar. He coordinated this with Coach Keatts, so he could commit on the anniversary of his mother’s death, who passed away when he was 7 years old.

“I had talked to Coach Keatts about the offer and committing for a while, so it wasn’t really early. It was just something we had planned to do for the day my mother passed.”

Farrar is a local talent (Apex Friendship High School), growing up with the dilemma of which Triangle squad to pull for. At an early age he made the wrong decision, but eventually saw the light.

“I started out with UNC, but it wasn’t long before I fell in love with NC State.”

Wolfpack Head Coach Kevin Keatts has been straight up with Farrar, and he appreciates that.

Coach Keatts is straight up with how he feels about my game, what I’m good at, and what I need to work on. The program is great, and I know a lot of staff and players as well.

Keatts has encouraged Farrar to continue to work on toning his body, and developing his right hand.

Farrar is a stretch 4, which is a body type that thrives in Keatts’ offense.

“I think State works well with undersized 4’s. With good guard skills and post up skills, I would be a good fit in that system, being an inside-out guy.”

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NC State Men’s Basketball Commit Terquavion Smith: Junior Highlight Reel

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NC State 4-Star 2021 Shooting Guard verbal commit Terquavion Smith (6’3″180) has shot up the rankings this year, earning a 4th star, and becoming a Top-100 player. 247Sports ranks Smith as the #96 overall player nationally, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Check out his Junior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

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NC State Offers 7’0″ 2020 Center Quincy Ballard

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NC State offered 2020 Center Quincy Ballard (7’0″/246) two days ago. Ballard is a late-blooming prospect, who isn’t ranked/rated.

Ever since his showing at the recent 2020 Phenom HoopState Championship, Ballard’s recruitment has exploded. Since April 4th, he has picked up offers from Florida State, NC State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Maryland.

Here’s what Ballard had to say about NC State to PhenomHoopsReport recently.

Ballard: “I definitely feel good and love what Coach Keatts’ plan is with the team and how they see me fitting in. We are talking with them daily.” (Link)

Ballard is originally from Syracuse, New York, but has played the last two seasons at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He plans to make his college decision this Saturday.

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NC State Makes Top-8 for 4-Star SF JaDun Michael

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) decommitted from Wichita State on March 30th, and NC State made his Top-8 last night, along with Elon, ECU, Penn State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, and Pitt.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

Michael’s reason for decommitting was his desire to stay closer to home, and NC State definitely meets that criteria.

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NC State Showing Interest in 4-Star SF JaDun Michael After Decommitment from Wichita St.

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) announced his decommitment from Wichita State, after committing to the Shockers on November 19th.

As you can see above, Michael noted his desire to stay closer to home. According to Jake at Stockrisers.com, NC State was one of the many schools that reached out to Michael soon as the news broke, along with Pitt, UVA, Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

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