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With transfer portal heating up, Keatts is interested, but who is he targeting?

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As more and more teams drop out of postseason play, the ‘transfer portal’ is starting to get mighty busy.

This isn’t going to be your normal year for transfers.

First, you have the pandemic-time rule that was passed prior to the season, which allows every player a free year of eligibility. Yes, that’s right. If you were a senior and you played all season long, you can come back and be a senior again.

If you were a senior, played all season, took care of your academics, and graduated, you are now a potential grad-transfer, who can transfer anywhere and have one more season.

Then there is the proposed ‘1-time transfer’ rule that was supposed to be voted on in January but was postponed to a later date. When that vote will be held isn’t clear, but if it were to pass, it would give ANY player 1-free transfer where they would be eligible immediately, without having to sit out a year.

All of that is coming to a head here as the 2020-21 season comes to a close. And this is where the fun begins.

NC State is still in the midst of a postseason run, set to play Colorado State on Thursday in the 2nd round of the NIT. However, it’s never too early to start the speculation, and you can bet the coaches are already on the phones, plotting their next moves.

First off, will Braxton Beverly, Devon Daniels, or DJ Funderburk come back? (We will have a full article on this when the season comes to a close). Beverly likely won’t have a ton of pro suiters, Daniels may want to prove to scouts that his knee is healthy, and DJ may want to showcase his jumper and versatility a bit more. So there are reasons to believe you could see them come back, but at this point, we’re not counting on that.

Once that is figured out, Keatts can get a clearer picture of his needs.

If Funderburk leaves then NC State has a gaping hole at the 4-spot. He’d love to have a stretch 4 that is both bouncy and can step out and shoot it. Maybe if he waits he’ll be able to find that, but it’s more likely that he’ll find an undersized 4 who can shoot and isn’t as much of a post guy. He’s already shown interest in one of these types… Kaiden Rice.

Landing Rice would give Keatts a 6’7 shooter who could slot in at the 4 and give NC State another legitimate shooter on the outside. However, if you land a guy like that, you still have a need for a backup big man. If NC State is going to contend, they’re going to need a little more muscle in the paint behind Bates.

Then you have guys like Davidson’s Kellan Grady entering the portal. I mean, how do you pass up a 6’5 guard who has scored over 2,000 points in his college career?

At the same time, with this buying bonanza coaches are going to see in front of them, they also need to stay focused on the long-term vision.

It’s tempting to go after a guy like Grady, but what would it do to the growth of your freshmen guards? What about the two incoming 4-star kids that were looking at some legitimate playing time for next season?

There is a lot to think about here, and it’s going to be hard for coaches to stay focused and not be tempted to grab one of these established talents for one year, at the expense of guys you are going to leaning on over the next 3 or 4.  We think that would be a mistake and we don’t anticipate Keatts going that route.

We’ll also have to see if any attrition from the team occurs (there were 2 freshmen that logged almost no minutes during ACC play this season.) Will they stick around and work their way into the lineup with an easy exit strategy in front of them? You’d hope so, but nothing is guaranteed this offseason.

If the seniors do leave, we expect Keatts to focus on an established 4 man. We believe he’ll be patient and go after some of the biggest names to hit the portal. NC State would have a starting rolet for whoever comes in at that spot, and if it’s up to Keatts it’ll be a bouncy, versatile big who can step out and hit the 3 with consistency.

Either way, we are keeping a close eye on the portal and an ear to the ground. Things are already starting to break, with UNC’s 5-star freshman entering this morning…

WRAL’s Joe Giglio knows what’s coming…

Stay tuned as the next couple of weeks are going to be pretty interesting, and it’s possible NC State’s roster next season isn’t going to look like you were expecting.

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Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

I forget if the rule changed but, can someone transfer within their own conference?

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
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Okay, used the Google Machine and answered my own question, ACC now allows college athletes to transfer within conference (espn.com) Sounds like a player could transfer within the ACC and play without having to sit a year. Interesting.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
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Yes, they changed that earlier this month. No penalty for transferring within the conference.

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Men’s Basketball: NC State Ranked 55th in First NET Rankings of 2022-23

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The first NET Rankings of the 2022-23 Men’s College Basketball season are out, and NC State is ranked 55th after their first 9 games (7-2).

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This marks the 5th season in which the NET Rankings have been used to as the NCAA’s primary tool for evaluating teams, especially when it comes to NCAA Tournament selection time.

The NET includes more components than just winning percentage. It takes into account game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.

The number of Quadrant 1 wins and Quadrant 3/4 losses will be incredibly important when it comes time for NCAA tournament selection and seeding. (how many years was isaiah written before jesus)

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NC State to Wear Throwback Jerseys Tomorrow Night in Heritage Game to Honor 1983 Championship Team

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team will wear vintage throwback jerseys tomorrow night when they take on Coppin State in the 2022 Heritage Game, paying homage to the 1983 National Championship team.

I know it’s just my opinion, but I wish they would simply play in these jerseys all year!

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Kevin Keatts Postgame Press Conference After Pitt: BULLETED

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack lost their ACC opener to Pitt at home 60-68. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • We didn’t play well or sharp offensively.
    • You can look at the numbers, and I think, at times because the ball wasn’t going in the hole for us, it affected us on the defensive end.
    • It was one of those gritty games where you’ve got to figure out how to win the game, especially when the ball isn’t going in.
    • Terquavion Smith carried us early in the game, but a couple of our guys never really got into a flow, and offensively we struggled.
    • When we struggled, I thought we gave up some easy baskets on the other end.
    • Obviously, today’s kids, when the ball is not going in offensively, sometimes it affects you on the defensive end.
    • It wasn’t our night offensively tonight.
  • When you look at our team, what’s made us special this year is that we’ve been consistent and have 4 guys in double figures, and tonight we didn’t have that.
  • We had some good play from DJ Burns. He came in and did a good job.
  • We’ve gotta get back in the gym and get better. We’ll work on some things.
  • I have to stand up, take accountability, and get us better on the offensive end, and we’ll figure out how to make some shots.
  • Not to take away from Pitt’s defense, I thought we missed shots.
    • Surely, give them credit because they won the game, and I thought it was a slugfest, and they won the game that way, but I just thought we missed a lot of easy shots that we normally would make.
  • I remember looking out there at the game as we played, and some of the shots that he [Joiner] normally would make, even his drives to the rim, he didn’t finish.
  • They [Pitt] did a good job getting back in transition. A lot of Casey’s [Morsell] shots have come with him running the floor and getting out in transition.
    • They stayed at home. When you’re shooting the ball as well as he is, they did a good job of staying at home.
    • The reason we got so many open looks to our post guys as we rolled, was because they stayed with our shooters a lot.
  • No [they didn’t take too many three’s], that’s who we are.
    • For example, I thought Jack Clark got some great looks.
      • None of them looked good as they came off.
    • Certainly, Terquavion was hot early from 3 and made some shots.
    • It was a weird night for us offensively, and we weren’t clicking as much as I’d hoped we would be.
    • Like I said, we’ve got to get back in the gym, and we’ve got to get some shots up.
  • We’ve got no choice. We’ve got to move on.
    • The great thing about this is that, while unfortunately we lost our ACC opener, we’ve got 19 more of them to play.
    • We’ve got to figure out how to get it back on the other end.
    • It doesn’t define us. It was a good game. Give Pitt credit.
    • We’ve just got to go to work and get ready for our next game and then our next one after that.
  • We hope we play better than we have been playing offensively.
    • You feel bad for our guys, because everything had gone well for them offensively this season.
    • We’ve had great numbers against great teams, when you talk about playing against Kansas, Butler, and Dayton, and tonight, for whatever reason, we didn’t shoot the ball well. We have to make each shot.
  • If you look back on all of Jarkel’s shots, he has taken those all year long.
    • He just missed some, and he is normally pretty good with his pull-up.
      • He didn’t make those, and typically, he would make it to the free-throw line, but he didn’t have many opportunities there.
      • He missed his three-point shots.
    • I know him, and many guys will get to the gym later on. It’s not a mandatory thing, but I know those guys, and they will be working on their shot.
  • We’ve got to flush it.
    • We have to figure out what we did offensively and get better defensively.
    • We have to get back to work and get ready for Coppin State.
  • Our home opener [ACC] here, we wanted to win it.
    • It’s an ACC game, and you know how important these are, but at the end of the day, you can’t put your head down.
    • We’ve got a lot more basketball to play. We have had a really great start to our season, and as I have told the guys in the locker room, don’t let one loss define us.
    • We didn’t let the Kansas loss define us. We moved on, and we’ve got to do the same thing with this one.
  • We’re very encouraging.
    • One thing about guys that miss shots that normally make them, they’re not trying to miss, and so we are trying to give them as much confidence as we can.
    • We’re asking them to do other things to affect the game.
    • One thing I told Jack [Clark], because he has been our best rebounder, was ‘go in there and get you an easy basket, or go in there and get you an offensive rebound.’
    • It’s something to get you going. It’s amazing how it works.
      • You get an easy basket, and then get to the free-throw line to make a shot. All of a sudden, you’ve got your shots going on.
    • I’m telling those guys to do a couple of other things to impact the game.

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Men’s Basketball: Pitt 68 NC State 60: ACCDN HIGHLIGHT REEL & CONDENSED GAME

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NC State lost their ACC opener to Pitt tonight in PNC Arena 60-68. You can check out the Box Score here. Below are the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

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