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Time to trust Dowuona: After shooting 93% over the past 4 games, he’s earned more touches

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Look, I understand that Ebenezer Dowuona isn’t some dominant offensive force at this in his career.

I understand he probably doesn’t dominate on the offensive blocks in practice. And because of that, I understand why the Wolfpack guards are reluctant to drop it down there and let him go to work. I understand that they would rather call him out to come set a high ball screen to free them up to create.

But at some point, you have to start to give the kid a chance. And at this point, he’s earned it. Dowuona is shooting 93% over the past 4 games. He’s missed just 1 shot.

Meanwhile, it’s not like the NC State offense is lighting the world on fire. In fact, they are shooting just 42% from the field and 29% from 3 point range.

Aside from Dereon Seabron attacking the rim, this team is settling for jump shots on almost every half-court possession, and a lot of them are long 2s. Both Cam Hayes and Jericole Hellems are consistently pulling from inside the arc, and while they are hitting some of them, it’s not a great habit, seeing as it’s the most inefficient shot in the college game.

Because of this, this Pack team is going on long offensive droughts which cost them in the loss to Louisville, the loss to OK State, and nearly cost them in their win over Nebraska. They are too easy to guard and too one-dimensional. Whether or not they believe Dowuona is capable of being a factor on offense in the post, they have to give him a shot. They have to show teams that they are willing to dump it down and let him work in one on one situations.

If they can do this, you immediately add a dimension to your game, something the other teams need to prepare for. They are forced to either drop down and help or shade the shooters and let Dowuona go one on one. The guy is 6’11 and while most of his buckets are putbacks and dunks, he has scored from the block a few times and seems to have a decent touch.

Lastly, he’s not going to improve if he doesn’t have confidence from his teammates. He needs to know they trust him down there. It will help him make better decisions and empower him to work on his offense and know his teammates are relying on him.

The more a big touches the ball, the less they become a black hole. Meaning, the more they catch and take a real look at their options. When they get only a few touches per game, they feel the need to get a shot up, whether it’s good or not, because they might not get it back.

If you are dumping it down whenever the lane is clear and you have a one-on-one situation on the block, the big man feels like a part of the offense. If he is able to get a few back-to-the-basket buckets (I mean, look the guy is 6’11 and athletic) suddenly defenses have to hedge down, and the big will be able to kick it back out.

That’s inside-out basketball and it’s been a reliable offensive plan to win basketball games for over 50 years.

I’m not saying this is the key to NC State winning. I’m not saying Dowuona is going to light the world on fire. I’m very aware that most of his buckets over this span have been put backs or dunks, but not ALL. So what I am saying, is it COULD be another dimension the Pack could add to their arsenal, and I think it’s time to find out…

…Dowuona has earned it.

A pasta eatin', Wolfpack lovin' loudmouth from Raleigh by way of New Jersey. Jimmy V and Chuck Amato fanboy. All opinions are my own and you're gonna hear'em.

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Rev
2 years ago

Easily the missing link in our offense. Both DJ and Manny had GREAT hands and they both could start a move with their back to the basket. They had the luxury of playing together. They had the advantage of catching at the top of the key and making plays. People saying Keatts’ doesn’t have a half court offense forget how complicated the plays were when we had DJ and Manny with double picks, and my favorite, the elevator doors at the foul line. Prolly too much to install with the lack of experience both inside and outside. I agree Dof87,… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
2 years ago

Looks like they are going to him more now that he’s figuring things out. I’d like to see some inside out play so we can get our 3 pt shooting back on track.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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