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Keatts has wanted 2022 4-star guard Jayden Epps for a long time. He’ll decide at noon today. (update: He picked Providence)

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2022 4-star guard, Jayden Epps, is a quintessential Keatts guy.

A kid who was undersized coming into high school had his share of doubters, but beat them all, sprouted up, and is now one of the better guards in the nation. Just look at this quote he gave to Sports Illustrated last year…

“I’m just different,” said Epps, a combo guard at King’s Fork (Suffolk, Va.). “If it’s genuine interest that’s different, but I’m not mentioning a school that only reached out once just because they have a big name. When it’s real, you’ll know. I’m more worried about getting to work.”

And this one…

“I pride myself in how I prepare,” Epps said. “Coming into the summer I had the mindset to kill everyone in front of me whenever I step onto the court. I try to focus on proving things to myself because I’m my own worst critic.”

Epps is listed as a combo guard, but he’s really. a point guard who can score. The difference is that he’s a leader and very controlled player whose on floor-IQ is off the charts. He’s a great passer and loves to lock down on defense. But, don’t get mixed up, he can score it too. He averaged 25 points this past high school season.

Today at noon, Epps finally. makes his decision.

NC State has been on him for a long, long time, and if what he says is true and values loyalty from recruiting coaches, then Keatts is in a good position here.

247 believes it’s down to NC State, Providence and Florida, according to this tweet…

With the incoming PG Breon Pass, and if they land Epps, you’ll see Keatts focus on transitioning Cam Hayes into a true scoring guard, which is likely his more suited role at this level anyways

Skill-wise, Epps is an elite ball handler which great body control, great vision, high-IQ and a sweet stroke.

We’ll keep an eye on this and let you know where Epps is heading after his noon decision.

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1 year ago

Looks like its Providence.

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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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