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Kevin Keatts Talks to the Media Before Season Opener vs. Georgia Tech: BULLETED

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NC State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media today before the Wolfpack’s season opener against Georgia Tech tomorrow night at 8:30pm on the ACC Network. You can watch the video here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.

Injuries…

  • Little banged up
    • Will make a game-time decision on a couple guys.
      • Won’t say who.
  • Hoping that a couple guys will be ready to play at 8:30 tomorrow night.
    • Good chance we’ll have a couple of guys out.
  • Right now, I don’t know we’ll have as many bodies as I expected going into the season opener.
  • Disappointing, but injuries are a part of the game.

D.J. Funderburk…

  • We’ve allowed D.J. to be back in practice.
  • Practiced for a few days now.
  • He will not play tomorrow. He will not dress.
  • Don’t have a timeline for Funderburk’s return.
  • He’s starting to move towards the things that I’ve asked him to do, and that’s why we allowed him to come back in to practice.

Manny Bates role with D.J. out…

  • We’ve got to depend a lot on Manny Bates, & that’s a good thing for us, because he’s been able to play in the scrimmage and our exhibition game. Got those practice reps. He’s played well for us.
  • Manny allows us to gamble a little bit.
    • Allows us to get into a passing lane.
    • Allows us to make a few mistakes on the perimeter because of his shot-blocking ability.
    • He can clean up a lot of our mistakes.
  • He’s going to be a really good player.
    • Unfortunate thing is that he still needs a little more game experience to be a great player.

Opening Season with ACC Opponent…

  • These games are exciting.
  • Excited for our league that we have the opportunity to play against an ACC team.
  • That being said, it’s still early. I think it’s early for everybody.
  • I would be disappointed if we were the only team playing an ACC opponent, but we’re not.
    • It’s the entire league outside of Duke, and Duke’s playing Kansas.
  • Great opportunity to showcase our league on opening night. Excited about that part of it.
  • But when you come in off of Summer, have a suspension, have injuries entering into a game and don’t have the luxury of just bringing guys along, because right there you have an ACC game to start the season.

GT loss last year

  • I’ve watched tape.
  • Quite frankly, we didn’t make shots.
    • Braxton was 0-8 from 3, and C.J. Bryce 0-4.
  • We’ve got to make shots.

What he expects to take away from game…

  • Expect to win every game that we play.
  • We will be a better team 2 weeks from now.
  • I just want to see our guys play together.
  • I want to see how far we’ve come along from the time we played Mount Olive and ECU in a closed scrimmage.

 

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3-Star G Shakeel Moore Signs Letter of Intent to Play at NC State

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3-Star 2020 Guard Shakeel Moore verbally committed to NC State on Saturday night at the Phenom Hoops National Showcase, and he has now officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Wolfpack.

Moore plays at Moravian Prep with NC State target 2020 5-Star Forward Josh Hall, and is ranked as the #7 player in the state of North Carolina according to 247Sports.

It was once thought that Moore would wait until the Spring, and it was also once thought that Providence would be where he landed, but both of those things obviously didn’t transpire.

Keatts and two of his assistant coaches were at his game on Friday, and the whole Moravian Prep team was at the Wolfpack’s game in Reynolds Coliseum Saturday afternoon.

Moore is the 4th member of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class to sign their letter of intent. According to 247Sports, the Wolfpack’s class currently ranks 14th nationally.

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NC State 95 St. Francis (NY) 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team crushed St. Francis (NY) 95-64 this afternoon. Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

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Kevin Keatts’ Presser After St. Francis: BULLETED

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State beat St. Francis (NY) 95-64. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.

  • What I did not realize was that we had 60 points in the paint.
  • In the 1st half, I was disappointed in our rebounding, but we corrected that in the 2nd half.
  • In the 2nd half, that was the team that I envisioned with the press. I was good. We were able to turn them over 20 times, which is great.
  • I think we are getting better, especially from the FIU game to this one.

C.J. Bryce…

  • He is playing really good basketball. He is doing everything right.
  • The only thing that is lacking right now is his 3-point shooting.
    • He is still getting 18 to 19 points a game which is great.
  • Because he is a transfer, he did not know whether or not he could take a leadership role on the team.
    • I have told him to start to own up to your role at NC State because you have a voice in this locker room, which I think he is starting to embrace.

Manny Bates…

  • When I recruited Manny, I was looking for a taller and athletic guy.
    • He is 6-11, tall, athletic and he can run the floor.
  • He will get better as the season progresses.
    • You are starting to see his talent offensively, especially around the rim with those lobs.

Markell Johnson’s shooting…

  • I’m not concerned about it. It is going to take some time to find his groove and his rhythm and right now, it’s just not there. He will be fine.
  • It could be as soon as the next game that it clicks for him.
  • He hasn’t had great practices. Hasn’t been able to score the ball well, but once it happens he will be fine.
  • I think it is just a residual effect of his ankle injury. When he twisted it, it was almost to the point that I thought he had broken it.
    • He just has a fear of shooting shots that he is going to come down on someone.
  • Until the shooting comes, he will still be able to be a facilitator for us.

A.J. Taylor’s Injury…

  • He had a minor surgery on his knee before he got here.
    • It has been bothering him a lot, and I am unsure if we are ever going to be able to get completely over it.
  • We are going to take him back to the doctor and take a look at it to see where he is now.
  • If it doesn’t get better, we may have to see about redshirting him.

Danny Dixon’s Injury…

  • Danny was feeling good for 2 or 3 days, but his foot was bothering him.
  • I want him to be healthy because we will need him down the stretch.

Talking about Rebounding at the half…

  • I didn’t say a word about it at halftime.
  • I could hear my assistant coaches yelling at them about it, so I figured they had already heard it.
  • I talked more about coming out with good energy and continuing to improve at half.

Team at this point…

  • I want us to be a team that can play a lot of different combinations, but at this point I feel like we are only really playing eight guys.
  • I want us to be able to switch defenses a lot, get out in transition, and I want our veterans to play like veterans.
  • That is why it is so important for both CJ Bryce and Markell Johnson to play great.
  • In Manny Bates, for the 1st time since I have been here, we have someone that can protect the rim, so we need to continue to improve on that.

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NC State Demolishes St. Francis (NY) 95-64

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Redshirt Senior Guard C.J. Bryce continued his blazing start to the 2019-20 season today, collecting his first double-double of the season in the Wolfpack’s 95-64 victory over St. Francis (NY). He finished with 22 points (7-12 FG) and 11 rebounds, along with 3 steals.

The three-ball wasn’t falling for NC State today (3-16), but they were efficient from the field overall (49.3%), and shot a clean 71.4% from the charity stripe.

For the first time this year, we got to see what a lineup would look like with both Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk and Redshirt Freshman Manny Bates on the court at the same time. The rest of the team enjoyed tossing the ball up to them where no one else could grab it all game long. Funderburk finished with 17 points (7-10 FG) and 7 rebounds, and Bates finished with 12 points (5-8 FG) and 2 blocks.

It looks like it’s going to take awhile before Redshirt Senior Guard Markell Johnson to get his shot back, but his court vision hasn’t missed a beat, dishing out 9 assists.

Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels and Sophomore Jericole Hellems were the other 2 players to score in double figures, scoring 13 and 12 respectively.

While the Wolfpack was obviously supposed to win this game, it was encouraging to see them dominate in all 4 of the most essential keys to victory.

They outshot them, grabbed more offensive rebounds, turned the ball over less, and go to the free throw line more.

The Wolfpack will host Alcorn State on Tuesday night at 6pm back in Reynolds Coliseum once again, for another Heritage game.

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