It’s like deja vu.
Last year NC State’s Men’s Basketball team signed 4-star Point Guard Jalen Lecque, but do to doing 1 year of Prep School at Brewster Academy.
This year it’s 5-star Small Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190).
closer to my dreams 💞 pic.twitter.com/IMwJ9jGjcz
— Josh Hall (@jay5mula) April 6, 2020
This isn’t altogether shocking. Ever since Hall committed and signed with the Wolfpack, this was always a possibility, because 2019-20 was his 5th year of high school, spending the past two seasons at Moravian Prep.
As Hall made clear in his announcement, this decision doesn’t nullify his ability to play basketball for NC State next season. Like D.J. Funderburk and Devon Daniels are doing, he is able to go through the process and gain as much information as possible.
You would think that our current circumstances under a near national lockdown due to Covid-19 might make it more difficult for Hall to impress NBA Scouts through the typical process, but Corey Evans of Rivals thinks the odds of Hall ending up in Raleigh are pessimistic.
No surprise here. NC State recruit Josh Hall to test NBA waters. Turning 20 in August but a late bloomer with the dimensions of a new age forward, would be pessimistic regarding Hall ever touching a college floor https://t.co/fgUg9RaY8H
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 6, 2020
NC State head coach Kevin Keatts, on “The OG” on 99.9 The Fan last week, was optimistic that Hall would end up in Raleigh.
“It’s more likely that he’ll end up here,” Keatts said on the radio show on March 24. “With Jalen, from the time that we recruited him there was a lot of conversations about that. I haven’t heard that on Josh’s end. I think Josh is a young man that wants to play in college.
“He’s talented and any time you have a guy who is draft-eligible and talented anything can happen but I haven’t heard any of those rumblings, as much as I did when Jalen was coming through.” (WRAL)
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.