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Dennis Smith Jr Receives Honorary Key to the City of Fayetteville

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Former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr has never forgotten where he came from, no matter how high he’s climbed the ladder.

Earlier this week, Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, presented Smith Jr with a ceremonial key to the city “in recognition of his efforts to support the youth and provide exceptional leadership to the citizens of Fayetteville both on and off the court.” (FayObserver)

DSJ threw down his first dunk on Langdon Street at Seabrook Park’s Smith Recreation Center, and back in February, in partnership with Under Armour, he unveiled a pair of refurbished courts there.

“Most of the time when those guys get to stardom, particularly in a market like New York City, it’s hard to remember your hometown,” Colvin said.

“I was real impressed by the investment that he partnered with Under Armour to redo the Seabrook court. That’s one of the most underserved areas in the city. That meant a lot to the community and that’s home for me. That’s just one of the things. … I understand that he’s very active in the community in some other ways.”

“If you’re ever around him, he’s a very humble guy,” Colvin said.

“He just blends in with the crowd. To me, that says that success doesn’t define your character, necessarily. He’s shown that you can be successful and still maintain a level head, which says a lot. That’s inspiring to the youth that we have here.” (FayObserver)

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Could Ryan Finley Start for the Bengals in London?

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The Bengals are 0-7, and many are clamoring for Quarterback Andy Dalton to have a seat, and give a shot to former NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley at turning the ship.

Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor was unwilling to talk about switching quarterbacks after their loss to Jacksonville yesterday.

“That’s not something I’m going to talk about right now,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said after the 27-17 loss to the Jaguars, via Ben Baby of ESPN. (Link)

Dalton’s 77.9 QB Rating is the worst of his career. He has 8 interceptions on the year, and threw 3 yesterday against the Jags…in the 4th quarter.

Many are ready for a change in Cincy…

The Bengals took Finley in the 4th round this Summer in the 2019 NFL Draft. Could Sunday be his debut?

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Jacoby Brissett Has Career Day Propelling Colts to 1st Place in AFC South

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Former NC State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett continues to prove the doubters wrong, having a career day yesterday in the Colts 30-23 victory over the Texans, moving them past Houston into 1st place in the AFC South.

Brissett threw for a career high 326 yards and a career high 4 touchdown passes (0 interceptions), with a career high QB Rating of 126.7.

Brissett’s 14 touchdown passes on the year currently rank 2nd in the NFL, and the three quarterbacks ahead of him with 15 haven’t had a BYE week yet, unlike him.

Of course, Brissett is still one of the worst interviews in football because of his humility, always giving credit to his teammates.

You’ve gotta love it.

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NC State in the NBA: 2019 Preseason Recap

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The 2019 NBA Preseason has come to a close, and before the 2019-20 Regular season kicks off on Tuesday night, here’s a recap of how former NC State players did in the Preseason.

Former ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren led the Pacers in scoring (14.8) in their 4 preseason games, shooting 47.6% from the field, an 50% from beyond the arch. Warren is a lock to be the starting Small Forward in Indy.

Former ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. was dinged up some, and only played in 2 preseason games, averaging 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. DSJ shot poorly, hitting 17.6% of his shots. Smith Jr. isn’t a lock for the starting point guard job in New York, battling things out with Elfrid Payton.

Guard C.J. Williams only played in one game for the Brooklyn Nets for 2.2 minutes, recording no stats, before being waived.

Guard Jalen Lecque, who was supposed to be a Freshman at NC State this season, played in 3 games for the Suns this preseason, averaging 3.7 points in an average of 4.9 minutes per game.

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Former NC State G C.J. Williams Waived by Brooklyn Nets

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Former NC State Guard C.J. Williams has been waived by the Nets. He only played 2.2 minutes in 1 game for Brooklyn this preseason.

Williams’ contract with Brooklyn was non-guaranteed. Despite being waived, the Nets could be interested in making C.J. a member of the Long Island Nets, their G-League affiliate, but if they were to do so, they would have to acquire his G-League rights from the Iowa Wolves.

After 4 years overseas, and 1 year strictly in the G-League, Williams served as an NBA 2-Way player the past two seasons with the Clippers and the Timberwolves.

Williams played for NC State from 2008-12, averaging 10.6 points per game his Senior year.

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