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2021 4-star commit Terquavion Smith is NC State’s next elite-level scorer

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(Terquavion Smith is #1 on the white team in the highlights above. Watch as he drops 50pts in a single game earlier this month)

Terquavion Smith is a 6’3 shooting guard from Farmville, NC and he’s going to be one of the most exciting scorers on the NC State roster next season.

Like all freshmen, it will take some time to acclimate to the next level, but Smith has a rare combination of elite confidence, ACC-ready size, an obsession with winning, and a jumper with almost unlimited range. He’s been steadily climbing the rankings since his freshman year and some believe he is now the best player in North Carolina (in the  2022 class).

So. how did Keatts reel in Smith with Duke and UNC right down the road?

Well, if you’re paying attention, Keatts hasn’t been scouring the rankings looking for guys to jump in on. He’s been scouting kids and finding talented kids before anyone else is even paying attention. Look a both Jalen Lequae and Josh Hall. Two kids who weren’t that highly sought after when Keatts found them. Before they left highschool they were 5-star prospects who both skipped college altogether to play pro.

Smith is another one of these guys, although based on his age, he isn’t eligible to skip college. He’ll be at NC State next season and it’s all thanks to Keatts being the first to notice him and first to get serious about his recruitment.

Smith said this to the Fayetteville Observer in November…

“They showed me a lot of love and loyalty at the beginning of my high school career…They recruited me hard from the start. When nobody else was recruiting me, they were recruiting me already.”

 

Now, Smith is a proven winner, a proven scorer and recently was nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game (although left off of the roster). He has led his Farmville Central squad to a 61-2 record over the past 2 seasons, including 2 state titles. This year he’s back at it as Farmville has jumped out to a 12-0 record and is eyeing their third straight championship.

His coach credits his competitive nature to the constant winning.

“He loves to compete, whether it’s live drills — going live, he always wants to go live and compete against somebody. He wants the score taken. He wants to win.”  he told the Fayetteville observer.

So what’s what makes Terquavion Smith so spectacular as a player? Well, he’s got a pretty well-rounded game, but where he stands out is his scoring. The kid can pour it in from all 3  levels.

Smith not only may. be just the best shooter in the state, but some believe he projects to be the best shooter in his class. He’s got unlimited range, pulling up at times from 8 feet beyond the 3pt line and burying it with consistency. But don’t pigeonhole him. Press up on him and he has no problem going by you, and once he’s by you, watch out, the kid can rise up and finish with his high-end athleticism.

At 6’3 he’s got an ACC-ready length for a 2 guard, he’s got the tools to be a go-to scorer and he’s an uber-competitor. That’s why. we think Terquavion Smith is going to be a big problem for the ACC and a huge piece of the NC State youth movement.

Smith will need to put on weight, if he wants to reach his full potential, and he’ll also need to tighten up his handle learn what good shot selection looks like at the next level. But make no mistake, Keatts has himself a future scoring star in Terquavion Smith.

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4-Star Guard Laci Steele Commits to NC State

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Yesterday the NC State Women’s Basketball team picked up their 3rd verbal commitment in the 2023 recruiting class when 4-Star Laci Steele (6’0″) chose to run with the Wolfpack over USC, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Texas A&M.

Steele is the #56 overall player nationally according to ESPN. She plays for Edmond North High School in Oklahoma, leading them to their first state title last year, averaging 21.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals.

Steele joins two other 4-star commits in the Wolfpack’s 2023 recruiting class:

#33 Guard Zoe Brooks
#44 Post Mallory Collier
#56 Guard Laci Steele

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4-Star Small Forward Isaiah Evans Sets Unofficial Visit to NC State

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According to Jamie Shaw of ON3, 4-Star 2024 Small Forward Isaiah Evans (6’6″/165) is going to be taking an Unofficial Visit to NC State.

“I have unofficial visits set up with Georgia, Clemson, and NC State,” Evans said. (ON3)

247Sports ranks Evans as the #16 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, the #5 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Evans plays for North Mecklenburg in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Here’s what Evans had to say to Shaw about NC State:

NC State: “They let their guys play; they give them a lot of freedom. They’re saying I can come in and be that guy who puts the ball in the basket like I’m doing now. They’re telling me I can be ball dominant there, and my game transitions real well to how they play there. They play fast, get the rebound, push it out, and kick it up; that’s exactly how we play at this high school I’m at right now.” (ON3)

Evans holds offers from NC State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincy, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Memphis, Missouri, Pitt, Tennessee, Texas A&M, West Virginia and others.

 

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NC State Offers 4-Star Point Guard Ty-Laur Johnson

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This past weekend, NC State offered a scholarship to 4-Star 2023 Point Guard Ty-Laur Johnson (6’0”/160).

Johnson is a consensus 4-star prospect who will be playing his Senior season at Our Savior Lutheran in the Bronx, New York.

Rivals ranks him as the #54 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class, and ESPN ranks him as the #1 player in the state of New York.

Johnson used to play for St. Benedictine Prep in Newark, New Jersey prior to this year.

On top of the Wolfpack offer, Johnson also holds offers from Creighton, Ole Miss, Pitt, Seton Hall St. John, VCU and DePaul.

Johnson took an Official Visit to Pitt the first weekend of September, and he was scheduled to take on this past weekend to Ole Miss.

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On3: 4-star combo guard Silas Demary Jr is trending towards an NC State commitment

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We’ve discussed 2023 combo guard Silas Demary Jr. quite a bit lately.

We’ve talked about his official visit.

We’ve done an interview with his father.

We’ve done an interview with him.

This was no conincidence. We knew NC State was very high on Demary Jr. and we knew the Raleigh native had a lot of interest in NC State. Since that time, 247 analysts have gone as far as to predict he ends up with the Pack.

Today we have another publication weighing in. On3 posted a piece about which schools are trending in the right direction with Demary Jr. And as you may have guessed, NC State is #1. Here is what they had to say…

“Demary is from Raleigh, about ten miles away from NC State’s campus. Even though they came in late and did not offer the hometown four-star until late July, they have let Demary know he is their guy.

By all accounts, the official visit went well, and there is a growing comfort level from Demary’s end with the program. Keatts is also known for giving his guards a lot of freedom with the ball.”

On3 give NC State a 35% chance of landing the star guard, which is the highest number of any of the other schools. They believe USC and VCU are the other contenders, and while Demary and his father both said location isn’t a deciding factor, this is a kid who played his first couple years in Raleigh at Milbrook (where he won a state championship.)

Today, Demary Jr. is playing in Charlotte at Combine Academy and recently was on campus for his official visit. This is on the heels of him telling us that he’d like to have a decision made before his high school season begins (which is early November).

Most analysts are on the same page here, they believe it’s most likely that he chooses the Wolfpack, which obviously is great news for Keatts and company.

This is a kid who can play both guard spots, and play both well. However, in our opinion more of a PG by nature. He’s good at getting into the lane with his quickness and physicality and either scoring or finding the open man. This is the type of guard Keatts likes. He’s a true combo, giving State flexibility to play him at lead guard, or move him off the ball and allow him to focus on scoring.

We’ll keep you updated on Demary Jr.’s recruitment as it evolves, but we like the Pack’s chances here and we think he’d fit really well in Keatts system.

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