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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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Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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4-Star Guard Laci Steele Commits to NC State

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Yesterday the NC State Women’s Basketball team picked up their 3rd verbal commitment in the 2023 recruiting class when 4-Star Laci Steele (6’0″) chose to run with the Wolfpack over USC, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Texas A&M.

Steele is the #56 overall player nationally according to ESPN. She plays for Edmond North High School in Oklahoma, leading them to their first state title last year, averaging 21.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals.

Steele joins two other 4-star commits in the Wolfpack’s 2023 recruiting class:

#33 Guard Zoe Brooks
#44 Post Mallory Collier
#56 Guard Laci Steele

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4-Star Small Forward Isaiah Evans Sets Unofficial Visit to NC State

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According to Jamie Shaw of ON3, 4-Star 2024 Small Forward Isaiah Evans (6’6″/165) is going to be taking an Unofficial Visit to NC State.

“I have unofficial visits set up with Georgia, Clemson, and NC State,” Evans said. (ON3)

247Sports ranks Evans as the #16 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, the #5 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Evans plays for North Mecklenburg in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Here’s what Evans had to say to Shaw about NC State:

NC State: “They let their guys play; they give them a lot of freedom. They’re saying I can come in and be that guy who puts the ball in the basket like I’m doing now. They’re telling me I can be ball dominant there, and my game transitions real well to how they play there. They play fast, get the rebound, push it out, and kick it up; that’s exactly how we play at this high school I’m at right now.” (ON3)

Evans holds offers from NC State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincy, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Memphis, Missouri, Pitt, Tennessee, Texas A&M, West Virginia and others.

 

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NC State Offers 4-Star Point Guard Ty-Laur Johnson

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This past weekend, NC State offered a scholarship to 4-Star 2023 Point Guard Ty-Laur Johnson (6’0”/160).

Johnson is a consensus 4-star prospect who will be playing his Senior season at Our Savior Lutheran in the Bronx, New York.

Rivals ranks him as the #54 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class, and ESPN ranks him as the #1 player in the state of New York.

Johnson used to play for St. Benedictine Prep in Newark, New Jersey prior to this year.

On top of the Wolfpack offer, Johnson also holds offers from Creighton, Ole Miss, Pitt, Seton Hall St. John, VCU and DePaul.

Johnson took an Official Visit to Pitt the first weekend of September, and he was scheduled to take on this past weekend to Ole Miss.

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On3: 4-star combo guard Silas Demary Jr is trending towards an NC State commitment

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We’ve discussed 2023 combo guard Silas Demary Jr. quite a bit lately.

We’ve talked about his official visit.

We’ve done an interview with his father.

We’ve done an interview with him.

This was no conincidence. We knew NC State was very high on Demary Jr. and we knew the Raleigh native had a lot of interest in NC State. Since that time, 247 analysts have gone as far as to predict he ends up with the Pack.

Today we have another publication weighing in. On3 posted a piece about which schools are trending in the right direction with Demary Jr. And as you may have guessed, NC State is #1. Here is what they had to say…

“Demary is from Raleigh, about ten miles away from NC State’s campus. Even though they came in late and did not offer the hometown four-star until late July, they have let Demary know he is their guy.

By all accounts, the official visit went well, and there is a growing comfort level from Demary’s end with the program. Keatts is also known for giving his guards a lot of freedom with the ball.”

On3 give NC State a 35% chance of landing the star guard, which is the highest number of any of the other schools. They believe USC and VCU are the other contenders, and while Demary and his father both said location isn’t a deciding factor, this is a kid who played his first couple years in Raleigh at Milbrook (where he won a state championship.)

Today, Demary Jr. is playing in Charlotte at Combine Academy and recently was on campus for his official visit. This is on the heels of him telling us that he’d like to have a decision made before his high school season begins (which is early November).

Most analysts are on the same page here, they believe it’s most likely that he chooses the Wolfpack, which obviously is great news for Keatts and company.

This is a kid who can play both guard spots, and play both well. However, in our opinion more of a PG by nature. He’s good at getting into the lane with his quickness and physicality and either scoring or finding the open man. This is the type of guard Keatts likes. He’s a true combo, giving State flexibility to play him at lead guard, or move him off the ball and allow him to focus on scoring.

We’ll keep you updated on Demary Jr.’s recruitment as it evolves, but we like the Pack’s chances here and we think he’d fit really well in Keatts system.

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