With all the talk about the transfer portal over the past week, you may have forgotten that the Pack has three 4-stars coming in next season, which has them ranked as the 21st best recruiting class.
Two of those recruits, Breon Pass and Terquavion Smith were named to the HoopState First-Team last week. This is TheHoopsState.com‘s top 5 players from North Carolina, and, before you write it off because it’s not ESPN, or Scout, or someone like that putting out these rankings, understand that nobody watches more high school basketball than the guys at Hoop State. They literally have a business model centered directly on covering North Carolina high school basketball. So this ranking does hold weight.
If you haven’t heard of Breon Pass, or haven’t had the time to really examine his game, here you go.
NC State PG commit Breon Pass has everybody talking …and for a good reason. https://t.co/C5l2J93lGZ
— Pack Insider (@PackInsider) February 17, 2021
He was a 3-star kid and mostly unknown coming into his senior season. Many believed he’d play college football instead of basketball, however, he has had a massive senior season and was one of the top scorers in the state, which elevated him to a 4-star on ESPN .
Terquavion Smith is a kid who also exploded this past summer with games of 50, and highlight-reel plays almost nightly. Whether he’s throwing down dunk in the lane or dropping in a 3 from 10 feet behind the arc, Smith gets the crowd going. If you want deep-dive Smith, here you go…
2021 4-star commit Terquavion Smith is NC State's next elite-level scorer.
📽️ Watch him drop 50 points in a single game earlier this month.https://t.co/KYNuWuDhER
— Pack Insider (@PackInsider) February 26, 2021
Smith was also recently selected for the Iverson All-American game. That game will be played on May 8th at 6pm.
4-Star Combo Guard Silas Demary Jr. Planning Official Visit to NC State
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.
Tennessee, VCU, and St. John’s have also hosted him for visits.
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) August 19, 2022
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.
NC State Showing Interest in 2023 4-Star PG Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn
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.
Top-50 senior Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn will take an official visit to Memphis on September 23rd through the 25th, he told @Stockrisers. Virginia, Texas, NC State, Wake Forest, UNC, Illinois, Santa Barbara, and Gonzaga among other schools in the hunt.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 18, 2022
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.
Raleigh native, 2023 4-star guard, Silas Demary Jr is considering NC State
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.
4 ⭐️ guard Silas Demary Jr. (@silas_demaryjr) is a top-75 recruit in the nation, and he's considering NC State with a potential top-schools list on the way.
If he joined the Wolfpack, he would instantly become a hometown hero in Raleigh.
More here: https://t.co/RlTBwfQHrA
— Ethan McDowell (@ethanmmcdowell) August 10, 2022
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.
4-star guard, brother of NBA lottery pick Jalen Green, taking an official to NC State
2023 4-star, AJ Johnson, will be visiting NC State on September 24th, according to 247s Travis Banham.
— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) August 8, 2022
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.