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Did Keatts Get the #1 PG in the Country to NC State?

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Within the last 12 hours, four separate predictions have switched, having Robert Dillingham heading to Raleigh. While he very well could still end up in the NBA or Kentucky, Director of Basketball Scouting for 24/7 Jerry Meyer changed his crystal ball prediction last night to State.

A Lincolnton native, Dillingham currently is playing out west at Donda Academy (yes, Kanye’s school). Ranked 8th overall nationally, he’s the country’s top point guard recruit. How good? His composite score is .9966.

Dillingham announce his decision Wednesday afternoon.

https://twitter.com/robwitdashifts/status/1465509899719294976?s=20

Unreal Talent

Dillingham can do everything. In just his sophomore season, while still at Combine Academy, he averaged 21 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game. The thin, 6′ 1″ guard is “perfect” for Keatts system that focuses on playing full court. The key would be offensive output.

In the Finals of the 2021 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship, he went for 31 points, 6 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals to win gold. Did we mention he can do everything? Handles the ball so, so well. Clean stroke on his shot. Without a doubt, will be a standout at any level.

Even just this week he dropped another 31 points for Donda at the Grind Session over Our Savior Lutheran.

 

But What Next?

Still a lot of questions. If Dillingham skips college to enter draft, it will be Keatts’ third recruit to do so. It would also signal Keatts is looking for class rankings, not actual sustainable talent. You can’t average a recruit a year leaving for the NBA.

It will also be interesting if Dillingham does in fact choose and commit to State, what that means for the program. One of the best recruits ever, with ties to Kanye, showing up in Raleighwood? The massive haul would immediately put State on more radars of recruits and elevate the program’s standing.

We gonna replace our Adidas and get Yeezy kicks? Is State gonna land the big one? We’ll find out in one day’s time.

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Rev
Rev
8 months ago

“Insane family drama” is right. Not sure who the decision makers are. Doesn’t really matter except that DRAMA now usually means DRAMA later. Hate that stuff. Maybe Keatts will get an award for most 5* recruits committed that never played a game in red

Papajohn
Papajohn
8 months ago

Isn’t he Class of 2023?
Meaning that any stated commitment now isn’t binding, he can’t actually sign his LOI until November 2022?
I suppose the upside is he could attract other recruits into the 2023 class. And Terquavion did commit way early and showed up. But he wasn’t a 5 star junior, like this guy.
I’m skeptical we’ll see him at PNC, no matter what he says tomorrow.

Doug Vonwolf
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8 months ago
Reply to  Papajohn

He is 2023 class…and with the insane family drama behind to scenes, mixed with raw NBA talent, you are correct in worrying if he ever even gets to campus.

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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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