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NC State PG commit Breon Pass has everybody talking…and for a good reason.



Jamie Shaw from NC Prep Hoops (Rivals) posted a great breakdown of what NC State fans can expect from PG commit Breon Pass.

Pass is a kid we REALLY like and Shaw seems to mention all of the reasons we feel that way. This kid is the son of a former coach, he’s got elite-level body control and a very high on-floor IQ. He’s also a very consistent shooter from deep, he’s a lock down defender, and, in high school at least, he’s done a great job of finishing at the rim.

Watch the highlight reel below. When we say Pass is a good finisher at the rim, we aren’t talking about a kid who has NBA-ready bounce, but we are talking about someone who has unbelievable body control on the drive. He initiates contact to create space, he uses step-throughs (euro-steps) to create angles and he’s very aware, not just of his defender, but of the help side defenders. These are things that don’t show up on the stat sheet and are often overlooked in the highlight reels, but they are, in our eyes, some of the most important skills to have when looking at how well a guy is going to transition to ACC basketball.

Shaw echos what a lot of scouts have been saying about Pass all along. Even with his physical skill set, it’s his leadership skills and his work ethic that are his most advanced attributes. He’s poised, but explosive. He’s focused, but fiery. He’s calculated, but he keeps defender on their heels.

Look around at NC State right now. What is missing?

Well, there are multiple things missing at this point, but one glaring absence is true leadership.

Next year your upperclassmen will be Bates, Hellems, and Allen. Bates is a ‘lead by example’ type guy and Allen will still only be in his second season with the Wolfpack (due to transfer). Hellems is a guy who is definitely going to step up and claim a leadership role. But in basketball, your point guard is your coach on the floor, and leadership from that position is a must-have if you want to find consistent success in the ACC.

As for this year’s freshmen? I think you’ll see Cam Hayes eventually come along, but he’s always been a bit soft-spoken. Dereon Seabron isn’t going to be a vocal guy, at least not yet. That leaves you with Shakeel Moore. I think Moore will eventually become a very good leader and I think you’ll start to see that as soon as late next season. But Moore spent most of his high school years playing with Josh Hall (who committed to State but opted for the NBA) , who was the defacto leader of his team, so we really haven’t seen Moore lead a team.

Pass is going to come in ready to lead. As all freshmen, he’ll likely take a role secondary to Hellems, and he’ll have to fight through the lumps of transitioning to the ACC, but this kid has ‘it’ when it comes to leadership. He’s a high-character, polite kid, but he’s got a fire and a focus to him that can’t be taught.

You’ll see Breon listed as a 3 star in some places and 4 star in others, but make no mistake, Keatts knows he’s better than that. In fact earlier this season he said Pass was going to be the steal of the class (nationally). A lot of fans are going to be focused on Terquavion Smith and his elite scoring potential and Earnest Ross with his raw athleticism (both NC State commits), but Pass is the key to the future success of NC State. And before you get all up in arms about that statement, I’m not talking about what Pass is capable of on the stat sheet (and he is capable of a lot), I’m talking about the intangibles.

There is a layer to basketball that isn’t talked about much because it can’t be quantified. Those who haven’t played or haven’t experienced that side of the game will argue that it’s not as important as some make it out to be. However, those who have, know it’s the difference between winning and losing.

Keatts is building a culture here, whether you see that or not. He’s bringing players of all different skill sets, sure, but the guys he’s focused on, on the recruiting  trail, all have a very similar mindset and work ethic. They all play the same brand of basketball and Pass might be the most advanced on that side of things that’s we’ve seen in a Keatts freshman.

Doubt him if you want to because of he’s not a 5-star recruit, but pay attention to this kid. He’s going to be important.

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I just watched NC State commit 4-star Trey Parker take on 5-star de-commit Rob Dillingham



I was pretty crushed when Rob Dillingham, the #1 PG in the country, de-committed from NC State.

Keatts really needs to stack some talent for next season with Smith, Joiner,  Clark, Burns, Mahorcic, and Morsell all likely gone. The only guys you can count on to come back are Breon Pass, Ernest Ross, Greg Gantt, and LJ Thomas. And while those guys are good players, that group is certainly going to need some help.

Now, of course, you have the portal, but Keatts needs to start landing some big-time high school talent. The narrative was that it was hard to recruit with the NCAA sanctions hanging over the program, but how true was that? This was the offseason we’d find out.

It took a while, but all of a sudden the dominoes are falling and Keatts is adding some key pieces.

First up was Dennis Parker. He’s a 4 star forward who is athletic, long, and can stretch the defense with a good outside shot. This is a key position for Keatts, but so is SG. With Terquavion Smith leaving, there are a lot of points to replace.

That’s why the commitment of Trey Parker is so important.

We’ve been calling Parkers a 4-star  because On3 has him ranked as such. However, both Rivals and 247 have him ranked as a 3-star. Why would Keatts take a 3-star at such an important position at this stage of the game?

I watched his highlights. I quickly understood.

Trey Parker is not a 3-star. Trey Parker might not be a 4-star. At the end of the day, he’s going to be very close to being a 5-star guard. That’s how good he is. In fact, he’s is very similar to Terquavion Smith. Both have unlimited 3-point range, very stright-up, nice elevation jumpers, both have good handles and both are super athletic. Smith might have a little tighter handle, but Parker is more athletic. They are both elite scorers.

Parker passed my eye test with flying colors. In fact, his highlight reel is one of the best I’ve ever seen for a kid coming to NC State.

So how could 247 and Rivals miss this bad? I had to watch a full game. Maybe he was mistake-prone, or maybe he was a really poor decision-maker. I decided to watch a full game where he took on Robert Dillingham, the 5-star PG who decommitted to NC State. This will really be a test.

My take on the Parker vs Dillingham game

First off, Robert Dillingham is elite. I mean, he’s NBA-ready right now. He might not ever play a game in college and if he does, it’s going to be the Robert Dillingham show. If you’re into team basketball or if you want a player to help build the program, Dillingham won’t be it. He’s going to be more of a Dennis Smith type in my opinion. He’s going to have some gaudy numbers, but I’m not sure how interested players will be in playing with him.

This wasn’t just my take. The announcers had this to say about the 5 star guard in this game

“Rob Dillingham. Like, I’ve never seen a green light like this. I don’t know what coach said to that man, but he must’ve said ‘Do whatever you want to do.’ and he’s doing whatever he wants to to.”

Dillingham went off. He scored 36 points. He had some insane highlights, but all in all, it was a one-man show. Oh, and his team ended up losing.

Meanwhile, Trey Parker looked legit.

It seems as if Parker took everyone by surprise recently because the announcer said “When Trey Parker got drafted to the Cold Hearts (Overtime Elite League team), I didn’t expect him to have this role, but he’s kind of taken on a lead role and he’s doing a good job.”

Parker finished with 18 points and 4 assists and was hounding guys on defense. In fact, he stripped Dillingham at midcourt and went down for a massive dunk. There weren’t any red flags with his game. He’s strong with the ball, he’s unselfish, he locks in on defense, he will be one of the most exciting dunkers NC State has ever had and he’s got unlimited range.

Oh, and NC State fans are going to love him. Here is what he had to say at halftime.

” I’m feeling good, man. Me and my team gotta play as a team on defense. And we got to talk on defense also. Defense wins games… We gotta talk more. communicate on defense. Defense is everything. Our offense is great right now.”

This kid has a chip on his shoulder. Maybe it’s the 3-star ranking? Maybe it’s because he only had offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State and TCU. Who knows, but this is another huge get by Keatts.

Remember, Terquavion Smith was a 3 star when he committed to the Pack and now here’s Parker committing with 3 stars (and just about ready to rise in the ranks.) Keatts is at it again, scooping up high-level talent before others realize it.

If you ask me, Parker has enough talent to come in and be a high-impact player from day 1. He might not be as flashy as Robert Dillingham, but he’s the guy I’d rather have. He’s going to be team-focused, hungry, and excited to play for fans in his home state.

Watch the whole game above and let me know what you think.

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NC State Offers 4-Star Wing Kris Parker



Yesterday, NC State offered 2023 4-Star Wing Kris Parker (6’8″/175) out of Crossroad Academy in Quincy, Florida.

Parker also holds offers from Villanova, UCF, Illinois, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Virginia Tech, St. Johns, Florida St, Kansas St, Ole Miss, Florida and others.

ESPN ranks Parker as the #58 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of Florida.

Parker took an Official Visit to Alabama in September, and just took one to Villanova this past weekend, and picked up an offer afterwards.

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4-Star Commit Trey Parker Signs National Letter of Intent Hours Before End of Early Signing Period



Last night 4-Star 2023 Guard Trey Parker verbally committed to NC State, and he also signed his National Letter of Intent as well, hours before the end of the early signing period, which ended last night at midnight.

Both Wolfpack commits, Trey Parker and Dennis Parker, have signed their National Letters of Intent.

The fact that Keatts pulled this off right at the wire is beyond impressive. Trey Parker is set to see his national rankings soar in his Senior season, and was expected to see his offer sheet, which wasn’t all that impressive, expand. Parker is one of the more underrated talents in the 2023 recruiting class.

Incredible job by Keatts to get Parker to sign hours before the early signing period ended.

You can check out Parker’s insane VIDEO VAULT here.

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4-Star G Trey Parker Commits to NC State: VIDEO VAULT



4-Star 2023 Guard Trey Parker just verbally committed to NC State. Check out his VIDEO VAULT below.

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