NC State blasted Mount Olive by 40 points yesterday, defeating the Trojans 113-73 in the Wolfpack’s one exhibition game before the season opener next Tuesday (November 5th), at home against Georgia Tech.
The Wolfpack had 3 players score 20+ points. Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson did whatever he wanted, finishing with 26 points (6-12 FG), 9 assists and 6 steals. Redshirt Senior Guard C.J. Bryce showed his versatility, splashing the box score for 20 points (8-13 FG), 10 rebounds (team lead), 6 assists and 4 steals. Redshirt Junior Guard Devon Daniels also chipped in 20 points (6-7 FG), with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
New addition Graduate Forward Pat Andree nearly joined the 20-point club, scoring 17 points, hitting 3 three-pointers, tying Johnson for the team high.
With Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk still suspended indefinitely, Redshirt Freshman Manny Bates saw significant playing time in his first collegiate game, and showed the difference maker he can be on the defensive end. Coming out of high school, Bates was one of the best shot blockers in the nation, and he blocked 6 shots yesterday (box score was wrong), and also scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting.
As a team, the Wolfpack played disruptive defense, forcing 24 turnovers. They also shot the ball extremely well at all three levels, shooting 52.7% from the field, 41.7% from beyond the arch, and 83.3% from the free throw line.
Johnson, Bryce and Daniels accounted for 13 of NC State’s 15 steals. It’s encouraging to see your veteran guards leading the way in takeaways in an exhibition game.
Yesterday’s starting lineup probably won’t be what you see all year long.
G Markell Johnson
G C.J. Bryce
G Devon Daniels
F Jericole Hellems
F Manny Bates
Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk will likely start in the place of Bates when he returns from suspension. Redshirt Junior Guard Braxton Beverly has been a starter for the past two years, starting 55 of 66 games. He played limited minutes yesterday, coming into the game with a knee bruise. Hellems didn’t start a single game last season, and I don’t expect him to be a regular starter this season. Even though he started, Hellems only played 9 minutes after dinging up his shoulder in the game (should be fine).
Freshman Guard Dereon Seabron didn’t play yesterday, sitting on the bench yesterday in street clothes. Head Coach Kevin Keatts said after the game that Seabron turned his ankle in practice the other day. The x-rays were negative, and Keatts said he should be fine, but doesn’t know when he will return yet.
NC State will host Georgia Tech next Tuesday to open the season on ACC Network at 8:30pm.
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)
The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.
The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.
They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.
The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.
Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.