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NC State Men’s Basketball Set to Have a Monster Recruiting Weekend



According to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, NC State head coach Kevin Keatts has lined up a monster recruiting weekend for the season opening football game.

4-Star 2020 Point Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/165) and 4-Star 2020 Center John Hugley IV (6’9″/240) will be on Official Visits this weekend.

This will be Smith’s 1st Official Visit, and he will take his next one to Louisville the following weekend. The Wolfpack obviously made Smith’s Top-10 that he released, along with Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Oregon, Florida State and Ole Miss. 247Sports ranks Smith as the #41 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, the #5 point guard (Composite), and #4 player in the state of Georgia. Smith plays for Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. NC State offered him on July 10th.

The Wolfpack offered Hugley IV on July 18th, and was included in his Top-12 on July 22nd, along with Miami, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Florida, Kansas State, Florida State, Mizzou, Penn State, and UCONN. 247Sports ranks Hugley as the #73 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and Rivals ranks him 93rd. 247 also ranks him as the #11 Center in the nation, and the #3 player in the state of Ohio. Hugley plays for Brush High School in Cleveland, Ohio. After taking his 1st Official Visit to Raleigh this weekend, Hugley also has Official Visits scheduled to Miami (9/20) and Pitt (9/27).

2020 NC State Power Forward commit Nick Farrar (6’7″/230) will be in attendance on an unofficial visit, trying to lure Smith and Hugley to join him. Farrar recently broke into the rankings over at 247Sports, as a 3-Star prospect, and the #166 player in the 2020 recruiting class. He plays for Apex Friendship (Apex, NC), and committed to run with the Pack on August 7th.

3-Star 2021 Shooting guard Terquavian Smith (6’3″/180), the only other current Wolfpack commit will be joining Farrar. Smith plays for Farmville (Farmville, NC), and committed to NC State on February 18th.

Four other extremely talented 2021 prospects will be on an unofficial visit with Smith.

5-Star Small Forward Quincy Allen (6’7″/180) received an offer from NC State on June 16th. 247Sports ranks him as the #19 overall player (Composite) in the 2021 recruiting class, the #6 Small Forward, and the #1 player in Washington D.C. Allen plays for Maret School in the nations Capitol. He also holds offers from Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Florida, Syracuse, Boston College, Clemson, Miami, Pitt, Rutgers, Seton Hall and others.

4-Star Small Forward Dontrez Styles (6’6″/199) is ranked as the #91 overall player in the 2021 class by Rivals. NC State offered Styles on July 16th. The standout from Kinston, North Carolina also holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Pitt, Clemson, St. John’s, VCU and others.

4-Star Point Guard Carter Whitt picked up an offer from NC State after the John Wall Holiday Invitational on December 31st. Whitt is a player that the Wolfpack would love to keep in Raleigh, playing for Leesville Road. Rivals ranks him as the #44 player in the 2021 class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #8 point guard and #2 player in the state of North Carolina. It was previously reported that Whitt would be taking his first official visit to Boston College this weekend, but it looks like plans may have changed. Whitt also holds offers from Clemson, Florida, Boston College, Iowa State, Maryland, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.

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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



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



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



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



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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