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Keatts holds meeting with grad-transfer 6’6 Davion Warren who averaged 21 ppg

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Get ready folks. The next couple of weeks are going to be NIT and transfer news heavy for the men’s basketball team.

We already hit you with the prep-piece on the transfer market, Keatts’ interest, and potential targets. Now we’re adding another guy to the mix…

According to Stockrisers.com, NC State head coach Kevin Keatts held a virtual meeting with 6’6 grad-transfer wing, Davion Warren, from Hampton University.

Warren is a scoring machine. He averaged 21 points per game for Hampton last season and shot 45% from the floor. He’s a strong, athletic guard, however, he’s not a great shooter from the outside, shooting just 30% from 3 point range.


Now, as noted, other teams are in the mix here, and whether or not State lands Davion, there is something to take note of here.

We have two confirmed instances where Keatts has be either contacting or showing interest in a grad-transfer. First it was Kaiden Rice of The Citadel.

Now it’s Davion Warren. These two are different players, one a shooter, one a slasher, however, they are both in the 6’6-6’7 range. So what does this tell us?

Keatts seems to have an eye on a swing guard or wing type player. Maybe he envisions Hellems slotting in at the 4 and playing one of these scoring wings at the 3? Maybe he just wants to have a more experienced perimeter scorer who can slash to help as Cam Hayes and Shakeel Moore continue to grow and while Breon Pass and Terquavion Smith get their feet wet.

With one scholarship available, in our eyes, the main hole needing to be filled is in the frontcourt. With Funderburk likely leaving, NC State has Manny Bates and then a lot of inexperience. They have Ebenezer Dowuona who may start to fill out and back up bates, but are you ready to bet your season on that? Then you have Earnest Ross, the 6’9 four-star who is coming in, but as good as he is, he hasn’t shown complete consistency at the high school level either. These guys may need time to develop.

NC State has a great pitch for a 4-man. Come in, drift out and stretch the defense. Shoot a little bit, but be able to defend the opposing 4 and protect the rim when Manny has to sit. Maybe Ross is that guy, or maybe Keatts is going to zero in on that when more becomes available on the portal.

For now, it seems like he is eyeing these tweener-guard/wings, and look, that is Keatts’ game. That was his game in Wilmington. He was always a little undersized, but always quicker, faster, and more interchangeable than his opponents. And there is something to be said for that.

It’s clear that NC State is likely going to bring in an experienced player with a nice resume. They have minutes to sell. The question is, how many will they bring, and who will it be?

At this point, it’s just too early to tell.

As for Davion Warren, this is a kid who was a JUCO MVP, came to Hampton for his final two seasons, and lit it up as a senior. He’s 6’6 and 210, so he’s a pretty strong guard. He’s got good handles and great energy on both ends of the floor. He won’t be an elite scorer for NC State, but he would give them some experience and a guy with size who can slash and get to the rim. With Daniels leaving, that’s something this team desperately needs.

We’ll keep you updated on the transfer movement as stories break…

*image from HBCUGameday.com

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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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