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



(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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WATCH: NC State Signee Paul McNeil Drops 50 & 17 Against First Flight



NC State 2024 4-star signee Paul McNeil had himself a night, posting an insane double-double, scoring 50 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in Richmond County’s 90-45 dismantling of First Flight last night.

McNeil was 21 of 32 from the field, and 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Let’s not forget to note that he also led his team in assists, with 4.

ESPN ranks McNeil as the #57 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and ON3 ranks him as the #6 player in the state of North Carolina.


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2024 NC State Commit Trey Parker Finishes 2nd in OTE Dunk Contest



Dunk contests don’t really mean anything, but Trey Parker, NC State’s 2024 shooting guard commit makes them pretty entertaining.

Just last week he finished 2nd in the OTE Dunk Contest (video above), after winning it last year with this dunk over two 7-footers.

Parker was supposed to be a freshman this year at NC State, but he reclassified into the 2024 class, meaning if all goes according to plan, he’ll be here next year.

And if you think this kid is just about dunking, then you missed his performance last year against the #1 ranked PG Robert Dillingham, where he dropped 18 pts and dished out 4 assists in the win. We had an in-depth write-up on the game right after it happened. Check it out.

While the focus should be on this years team, it’s never too early to get excited about a commit that’s putting together highlight reels like this.

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NC State Hosted 3 Basketball Recruits this Past Weekend



The NC State Men’s Basketball team hosted 3 recruits this past weekend: 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery, 4-Star 2025 Small Forward AJ White and 3-Star 2024 Center Chol Machot.

I confirmed with all three players that they were on NC State’s campus for an unofficial visit.

On September 12, NC State offered 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery (6’1″/175) out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He already holds offers from TCU, SMU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, St. Louis, Wichita St, ECU and Virginia Tech. Rivals ranks Lowery as the #110 overall player nationally, and ON3 ranks him as the #9 player in the state of North Carolina. Lowery was also in for an unofficial visit to NC State earlier in September as well.

The Wolfpack coaches were in to visit 4-Star 2025 Small Forward AJ White (6’8″/180) out of Charlotte, North Carolina in the middle of September. Rivals ranks White as the #28 overall player nationally in 2025, and he is the consensus #1 player in the state. White holds offers from NC State, South Carolina, Cincy, Texas, Syracuse, Georgia, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Mississippi St., LSU, FSU, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgetown, Ohio St. and others.

The NC State coaching staff was into see Machot (7’0″), and his teammate Lowery in the middle of September. ON3 ranks Machot as a 3-star prospect, and the #14 player in the state of North Carolina.


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Kendre Harrison Breaks Down What it Means to be Offered by NC State in 2 Sports



NC State is trying to reel in a Legacy Recruit in 2026 Tight End/Power Forward Kendre Harrison. Harrison is the nephew of former Wolfpack guard, C.C. Harrison.

Harrison is a unicorn. The young sensation out of Reidsville High School (Reidsville, NC), is a 4-star prospect in both football and basketball. In fact, he’s on track to be a 5-star prospect in both sports, which is unheard of.

In regards to football, Harrison is the #5 overall player nationally in the 2026 class according to 247Sports, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina (Reidsville High School). In basketball, he ranks 20th overall nationally according to ESPN, the #5 Power Forward, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina.

The #1 player in the state of North Carolina in both sports in 2026.

NC State offered him in football back in January, and he was offered by the basketball team back on September 16th.

I checked in with Harrison to see what it meant to him to be offered in both football and basketball by NC State, and what it was like to visit a few weeks back for the VMI game and watch the basketball team practice.

“It means a lot to be offered in both sports, knowing I can make a difference in the program.”

Harrison made it clear that he intends to play both sports at the next level. He doesn’t find it to be a balancing act at all, playing both basketball and football.

I just have to remember how bad I want it and what my end goal is. I have to remember that I’m doing this for my mom and family.

Harrison enjoyed every aspect of his time on NC State’s campus a few weeks back.

It was a great experience. I loved how the coaches coached basketball and football. I just loved everything about the visit.

Uncle C.C. is a hero of Kendre’s, and he has learned so much from him, on the court, and off the court.

He has taught me a lot of things about basketball and outside of basketball, especially throughout my recruitment process.


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