Connect with us

NC State Basketball

Highlights and Recap: NC State takes out Pitt in ACC Tournament, Duke up next

Published

on

NC State came into the game squarely on the bubble (according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi) and needing a win over Pitt in their ACC Tournament opener.

Thanks to one of their best overall team performances of they got it.

Devon Daniels was locked in from start to finish, leading all scorers with 23 points and chipping in 6 rebounds. He shot 9-14 and only turned the ball over once. It’s safe to say that Daniel, who was once a guy that couldn’t really find his role on this team, has become one of their most important pieces. His hustle and physicality has helped give this ballclub an identity and has been a big part of their late-season surge.

Before we move one, I think we need to credit Kevin Keatts here. Keatts took a lot of heat earlier this season with those Carolina losses and the team underperforming at times. But credit where it’s due, people. Devon Daniels on earlier State teams may have never come around. In fact, high confidence players who have struggled to fit into State’s systems in the past have usually been the ones that ended up dividing up the locker room and putting the season in a tailspin. These are the intangibles that people are missing with Keatts. He runs a tight ship and it’s really his way or the highway. Daniels ended up buying in and NC State is now a potential tournament team because of it.

NC State also got great performances from Funderburk who pitched in 10 and 7, Beverly who scored 10 of his own, and Bryce, who started slow but finished strong with 13 points and 10 boards. Oh, and let’s not forget Markell Johnson, who looked very comfortable against Pitt. While I know we all love when Johnson gets hot and starts scoring, its seems he would much rather his teammates take on that role and he finish with a line like yesterday (7 points, 11 assists.

Another great sign was to see NC State really look comfortable against a 2-3 zone. The 3s weren’t falling (25%) so they made a concerted effort to get the ball in the middle and down on the blocks. This led to them shooting an amazing 47.5% from the field.

Next up is Duke who certainly will sprinkle in a good deal of zone (today at 2:30 pm). With a win the Wolfpack are dancing. A loss and they have to wait for the committee to decide.

*Games will be played today with no fans in attendance due to COVID-19.

NC State Basketball

Devon Daniels Junior Season ACCDN Highlight Reel

Published

on

Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels improved in nearly every statistical category this year. He averaged 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals, shooting 47% from the field. Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel of Daniels’ Junior Season.

Photo Credit

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

Rodney Monroe Takes Down Donovan Mitchell to Advance to the Sweet 16

Published

on

The ACC is doing their own version of March Madness to determine the best Men’s Basketball player of the past 50 years.

Out of the 64 players chosen, 4 NC State players were selected: David Thompson, Rodney Monroe, Julius Hodge and T.J Warren.

Each match is decided by fan vote.

Voting for the Round of 32 has now closed, and all 4 of the former Wolfpack stars have officially advanced to the Sweet 16.
Yesterday #5 seed Rodney Monroe took down #13 seed Donovan Mitchell (Louisville).
Here are the matchups for the NC State Legends in the Sweet 16.
#7 Julius Hodge vs. #3 Darrell Griffith (Louisville)
#8 T.J. Warren vs. #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College)
#1 David Thompson vs. #4 James Worthy (UNC)
#5 Rodney Monroe vs. #1 Christian Laettner (Duke))
Go vote for Hodge right NOW!

 

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

D.J. Funderburk & Devon Daniels to Go Through NBA Draft Process

Published

on

NC State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts hopped on a zoom call today with the media, and shared that Redshirt Juniors D.J. Funderburk and Devon Daniels will go through the NBA Draft process.

Obviously, both Daniels and Funderburk will have the ability to return to school. Over the past couple of years, Torin Dorn and Markell Johnson both did the same thing. Players go through the process in order to be seen by NBA scouts, and get feedback from them of what they need to work on to improve their draft stock.

While Funderburk and Daniels both improved this year, I can’t imagine a scenario where either one of them would be drafted this year by an NBA team.

With that being said, both of these guys have been in school 4 years now, and 1 or 2 of them could look to play pro ball now, even if it wasn’t in the NBA.

Continue Reading

NC State Basketball

David Thompson Takes Down Pervis Ellison to Advance to Sweet 16

Published

on

The ACC is doing their own version of March Madness to determine the best Men’s Basketball player of the past 50 years.

Out of the 64 players chosen, 4 NC State players were selected: David Thompson, Rodney Monroe, Julius Hodge and T.J Warren.

Thus far three of them advanced to the Sweet 16.

On Monday, #7 seed Julius Hodge beat #2 seed J.J. Redick (Duke), on Tuesday, #8 seed T.J. Warren beat #1 seed Ralph Sampson (UVA), and yesterday #1 seed David Thompson beat #9 seed Pervis Ellison (Louisville).

In the Sweet 16, The Juice will face #3 seed Darrell Griffith (Louisville), Tony Buckets will be matched up against #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College), and Skywalker will go head-to-head with #4 seed James Worthy (UNC).

You can vote right now to send #5 seed Rodney Monroe to the Sweet 16 as well, with Ice battling #13 seed Donovan Mitchell (Louisville).

Photo Credit

Continue Reading

Trending