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#1 PG in 2023 Robert Dillingham Commits to NC State!

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#1 PG in 2023 Robert Dillingham Commits to NC State!

#1 PG in 2023 Robert Dillingham Commits to NC State!

Keatts has landed the big one.

The #1 PG in 2023, Robert Dillingham, has committed to NC State.

 

The Announcement with Quotes

Dillingham made the announcement on Overtime’s IG Live Wednesday afternoon. Here’s some of what he had to say;

On the recruiting process:

“All the schools showed me love and told me different aspects about where I could fit. But only one school could be the one.”

On what he was looking for:

“I wanted to be treated as family, on and off the court. I want them to be happy with me, as much as I am happy with them. Needed to find balance.”

Playing time in college:

“I’m for sure a one-and-done player.”

On Coach Keatts and why State was different:

“Coaching staff there is just different. Keatts is a great coach and a great person. He’s going to take care of me.”

 

Dillingham’s Talent

Dillingham is a Charlotte, NC native who is currently playing at Donda Academy (yes, it’s Kanye’s school). Up until the last couple of days, most analysts believed he was a Kentucky lock, however, something changed and they all started predicting he’d land with the Wolfpack.

Dillingham is not eligible to go straight into the NBA draft like Jalen Lecque or Josh Hall, two superstar commits who signed on to play at State, but then bypassed college for the pros. However, there are overseas and G-League options that are obviously available.

At this time, however, there is no reason to believe Dillingham will not be suiting up for the Wolfpack in two seasons, and that is great news for Keatts and Co. In fact, this is NC State’s 2nd highest-rated commit of all-time, slightly behind Dennis Smith and tied for 2nd with CJ Leslie.

This kid is elite. He’s got a smooth handle, he’s got NBA level burst, he’s athletic, he finishes at the rim, he can pass and he’s a great shooter. He’s got all the tools and would be a sure-fire starter for Keatts on day 1.

Watching Dillingham on video, you can see just how hard to guard he really is. He’s super shifty, changes direction well initiates contact, and has great body control. He can score on all 3 levels with ease and is known to have good leadership abilities.

What this means for NC State is that Keatts will really have interchangeable parts in the backcourt. You could have Hayes and Dillingham both in the backcourt, both with the ability to score or play the lead guard position and create. You have Terquavion Smith able to step in and play the 2, and you have Breon Pass who would likely be coming off the bench. Add in LJ Thomas, a 3-star recruit, who we love, likely moving away from the point and into more of a scoring guard role where he belongs.

No matter how you slice is, this is HUGE for NC State.

It also should open the flood gates with other recruits, in particular, 6’10 big man (and Wilson, NC native) Brandon White, who is a teammate of Dillingham’s at the Donda Academy.

We’ll have more on this huge commitment coming soon!

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