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UPDATES: Pack commits Ross (FL) and Smith (NC) Go for State Championships

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Today, two of the top Wolfpack basketball commitments take center stage in their respective state championships. Hit refresh on your browser for updates on how each is doing.

TERQUAVION SMITH UPDATES

Big win going one-on-one with fellow recruit Pass, Terquavion backed it up with another win and made it to SportsCenter’s #1 Play of the Day. Undefeated Farmville will face undefeated Hendersonville for the 2A Championship.

FINAL

Farmville – 113 (Smith: 33 pts / 10 ast / 9 rebs / 5 stl)
Hendersonville – 98

Unreal team Farmville has and Smith is an absolute athletic freak. Throughout the game, it wasn’t sporadic plays by Smith, it was constant. No look passes to find the inside man. Step back threes and hard drives to the hoop. There was legitimately minute spans where it felt like the game was on repeat with drive and score, drive and score, drive and score.

Smith in the Final Four competition, finished with 63 total points as Farmville ended each game with 113 total. Those total, obvious state records. Smith wins MVP.

Smith definitely needs to clean up his game and decision making at points, but there is no doubts, he’ll be a lightning rod from Day 1. Long, lean, athletic and, when hot, unstoppable.

ERNEST ROSS UPDATES

After a disappointing semifinals that saw him on the floor for less than 8 minutes, Ross will look to literally rebound in the Championship. His Santa Fe high school faces-off against Pine Crest, who’s an impressive 20-1 on the season.

FINAL – DOUBLE OVERTIME

Santa Fe – 83 (Ross: 18 points / 15 rebs / 2 ast / 2 blk / 2 stl)
Pine Crest – 90

After a less than impressive first quarter, Ross showed during the remainder of the game that he will be a NICE addition to State next year. Will have to add muscle to his 6′ 9″ body, but aggressive on the boards and runs like a gazelle. Having Manny Bates around to show how to use his frame, will be huge for his development.

Understandably emotional after the game, Ross is a hardworker that State fans will enjoy watching mature. But just look at that transition to dunk…

 

 

Passionate State fan that just wants to win...something...like anything...

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4-Star Combo Guard Silas Demary Jr. Planning Official Visit to NC State

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2023 4-Star Combo Guard Silas Demary Jr. (6’4″/180) is planning on taking an official visit to NC State according to Joe Tipton of ON3.

NC State offered Demary back on July 19th. The #3 prospect out of the state of North Carolina (ON3) has already taken an Official Visit to Tennessee, and will be taking one to Southern California on September 3rd.

ON3 ranks Demary as the #61 overall player in the 2023 class nationally, while 247Sports ranks him 112th.

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NC State Showing Interest in 2023 4-Star PG Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn

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2023 Point Guard Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (6’1″/170) shared with Stock Risers that NC State is one of the schools in hot pursuit of his talents.

Expect the offers to start coming in for Gibbs-Lawhorn, who originally committed to Purdue on December 16th of last year, but decommitted recently on August 3rd. Memphis came knocking on the door the next day, extending an offer on August 4th, and he will be taking an Official Visit there on September 23rd.

The Monteverde Academy (Monteverde, FL) standout is a consensus 4-star recruit, with 247Sports ranking him as the #47 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.

Gibbs-Lawhorn is originally from Lafayette, Indiana.

 

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Raleigh native, 2023 4-star guard, Silas Demary Jr is considering NC State

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Kevin Keatts loves big combo guards. Kevin Keatts also loves scooping up local talent. That’s why it’s important to keep your eye on 6’4, 4-star guard Silas Demary Jr.

The Raleigh native currently plays for Liberty Heights in Charlotte after being a key piece to Millbrook High School’s (Raleigh) state championship. The move to Charlotte was to increase exposure and get on a team that plays a national schedule. It’s also worth noting that he was originally a 2022 prospect, but moved back a year because of COVID.

He’s a quick, physical guard who can handle the rock and score it on all 3 levels. NC State has upped their recruitment on Demary Jr. recently and he’s been vocal about NC State being in the mix.

Currently holding offers from Tennesee, Georgia Tech, and NC State among others, Demary Jr. is seeing his stock rise not just because of his play on the court, but thanks to his work off the court. You can see from the tape that he’s a high IQ player, but he’s also transferring that to the classrom where he holds a 4.0 GPA.

Keep your eye on this kid. He’s putting out a list of top schools here soon and all signs are pointing to NC State being listed.

More to come.

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4-star guard, brother of NBA lottery pick Jalen Green, taking an official to NC State

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2023 4-star, AJ Johnson, will be visiting NC State on September 24th, according to 247s Travis Banham.

Johnson is a 6’5 guard hailing from Woodland Hills, CA. He’s got a long wiry frame, a nice shot, good handles and a ton of athleticism.

Johnson is also the younger brother of Houston Rockets star Jalen Green, who was the 2nd overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. Green averaged 17 points in his rookie season.

Johnson is getting a ton of interest, but the only official visist he has set up are to NC State, Texas, USC, and LSU. It’s worth noting that Louisville, Gonzaga, and Kansas may be looking to get on that visit list as well.

Johnson started to get national attention when he went head to head with Bronnie James (Lebron’s son) and scored 15 pts.

This is worth keeing your eye on. It will be hard for NC State to out-recruit Gonzaga or Kansas if they get into the mix, however if the list stays as it is now, NC State has a shot here.

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