NC State Men’s Basketball lost a treasured family member last night.
Former Wolfpack Guard Anthony Grundy was killed near downtown Louisville, Kentucky. From what I can gather, Grundy and his family were at his deceased mother’s house, to celebrate her birthday. When the police arrived, they found him bleeding in the street from stab wounds, and he died roughly 40 minutes later in the hospital. While no one has been arrested or charged, this horrific scene is believed to be a domestic violence dispute.
He was only 40 years old.
Grundy was one of the best scorers to ever suit up for NC State, ranking 9th all-time with 1,641 career points. He led the team in scoring 3 seasons, and earned 1st Team All-ACC honors in 2001-02, when he averaged 17.8 points per game as a Senior. Grundy was a utility tool in Raleigh, also leading the Wolfpack in steals three times, assists twice (13th all-time), and rebounding once. His 239 steals ranks 2nd in school history.
For 11 years after graduating, Grundy played professionally, with 11 of them being overseas, and one of them with the Atlanta Hawks.
Current NC State head coach Kevin Keatts was actually one of Grundy’s assistant coaches at Hargrave Military Academy before going to NC State.
His shot was unorthodox, but nearly impossible to block. He could move his body like Gumby winding through the lane. His long arms made him an artist at taking the ball out of the air, and away from the other team. His smile was infectious.
Rest In Peace Grundy.
Fly High, Grundy 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Gjx1r9GaGx
— Kevin Keatts (@CoachKeattsNCSU) November 15, 2019
So Tough to hear the news of the passing of one my Best Men. Thoughts and Prayers go out to everyone impacted. Take it way back with a couple of these. Absolute Warrior, one the most fearless I have ever been around. #RIPAG #GRUNDY pic.twitter.com/t5V0aCriYJ
— Arch Miller (@Archie_Miller) November 15, 2019
REST IN PEACE OG ANTHONY GRUNDY! NC STATE/ACC LEGEND! 🐺🐺🐺❤️❤️❤️
— Marcus Melvin (@MarcusTheMesiah) November 15, 2019
Rest in Power my brother AG! Thank you for always showing me love, humility, appreciation , but most importantly how to enjoy every moment of every day! Rest in Power brother
— Simon L. Harris™ (@SHow2unes) November 15, 2019
Rest easy Anthony Grundy 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/bs5Qs793aq
— Torry Holt (@BigGame81) November 15, 2019
RIP Anthony Grundy Geezy
Made the game look too easy
Even when you would fall
Kept giving life,the game your all
Now may your soul rest
My Wolfpack brother & one of #wolfpacknation BEST!
Fearless 😢😔💔 pic.twitter.com/XHwkDnHFQ7
— Chasity Melvin (@chasitymelvin) November 15, 2019
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.