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Wolfpack Recruit Showdown: 2021 commits Breon Pass & Terquavion Smith to face off in 3rd Round of State Finals



NC State. The school that’s made its modern living as an ACC underdog.

So how does an underdog team turn itself into a proverbial top-dog in one of the toughest conferences in the nation?

Well, you start by getting a group of guys whose motivation comes from being overlooked or underappreciated. Guys who themselves are underdogs. You get enough of those guys, who thrive with that chip on their shoulder and suddenly, you start to win. And once you start winning, those guys get to taste success. Once they get the taste of success, after all the work they’ve put in, well then you’ve created a player addicted to winning.

I only point this out because, on Saturday, two NC State recruits, Breon Pass. (see highlights) and Terquavion Smith (see highlights), will face off against each other in the 3rd round of the 2A North Carolina state playoffs.

Two players who no one was recruiting when Kevin Keatts started recruiting them. Both of whom are now 4-star players. Two players whose high school teams were seeded 5th (Breon Pass & Reidsville) and 9th (Terquavion Smith and Farmville Central) in the brackets and whose teams will now meet in the 3rd round, with the winner heading to the Final Four.

Breon Pass goes for 37, outplays UNC recruit in round 2 win
Reidsville may have been the 5 seed playing against a 13 seed in Kinston High, but the guys over at HoopState (in-depth Highschool basketball coverage) didn’t think Reidsville had much of a chance. This was Breon Pass vs. Dontrez Styles. An NC State commit vs a UNC commit. Of course, everyone was sure the UNC recruit was going to lead his team to victory. But Breon Pass had other plans.

The 2021 NC State PG commit went off, dropping 37 points and bringing in 12 rebounds while leading his team to the next round.

Terquavion Smith leads cinderella Farmville Central to win with 31 points in win over #1 seed South Granville High.
Meanwhile, 2021 SG commit, Terquavion Smith was busy knocking off the #1 seed, seemingly all by himself.

Now the two will meet. Both kids who were overlooked at the start of high school, and whose teams have been overlooked for most of this season are meeting head-on. Something has to give. However, whatever happens, NC State fans win.

The Pack is getting two elite basketball players whose skill set is advanced, but whose competitive nature is off the charts. Keatts isn’t strictly recruiting talent in Raleigh, he’s picking skilled kids with specific character traits. Low ego, hard-working, gym rats with a chip on their shoulder. Tomorrow we’ll get to see two of those guys in action.

A pasta eatin', Wolfpack lovin' loudmouth from Raleigh by way of New Jersey. Jimmy V and Chuck Amato fanboy. All opinions are my own and you're gonna hear'em.

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we’re going to be the shortest team in the ACC that no one wants to play!

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4-Star Guard Laci Steele Commits to NC State



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



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



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



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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