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How is NC State going to deal with Purdue’s 7’4 monster, Zach Edey?

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Edey is a MONSTER. The sophomore is 7’4 and closing in on 300lbs and isn’t some ‘no-talent big with hands of stone.’ This kid is pretty physical and can finish around the basket. He’s currently averaging 15 points and 7 boards per game, all while shooting 74%.

So how is NC State going to guard this guy?

I mean, Dowuona is coming into his own and all, but he was getting pushed around pretty bad by Colgates Jeff Woodward, who is 6’11 and 270lbs. Woodward scored 14 points in that one. And then there was Kenny Lofton Jr, who at 6’7 and 275lbs looked like an all-star vs. State, dropping 36 (a season-high) points on Dowuona.

Ebe Dowuona is 6’11, but he’s only weighing in at 225lbs. He’s going to be giving up nearly 70lbs to Edey in this game. That’s almost an unprecedented difference between bigs, but we’re going to see how that plays out.

Keatts really has no one to throw out there to try to body Edey up, so the game plan is likely going to be, use your quickness to deny entry. That might work, but it will also allow them to go over the top (making it necessary that the Pack will have to have someone pinching down on helpside), which means if Edey can catch it and reverse the ball, the 3 will be wide open.

And let’s not forget that Zach Edey isn’t even Purdue’s only great big. They also have Trevion Williams, who is averaging 13 points and 9 boards per game. He’s more mobile and a more skilled player, but still checks in at 6’10, 255lbs ( a little more manageable for Dowuona).

This is really a pick your poison game for Keatts and NC State. They are going to be at a disadvantage somewhere. They can either pinch down and try to help in the paint, or they can let the bigs go one on one and clamp down on the shooters. Either way, State is going to have to score it like they haven’t scored it all year, all while, limiting Purdue in some way, shape or form.

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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 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/Center Ernest Ross
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.
Guard/Forward MJ Rice

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

 

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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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NC State Lands a Commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team has landed a commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215).

 

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Below is a translation of the post:

2022. The year the Rouge et Or welcomed me to its great team at Laval University. I have deep gratitude to the Rouge et Or organization for supporting and encouraging me over the past two years. Laval will have had a significant influence in my sporting and academic progress.

And ending with a victory at Nationals, those moments were unforgettable. Thanks once again to the fans who have encouraged us all these seasons.

A new project now calls me to North Carolina, where I will continue my studies while wearing the uniform of NC State University.

I would like to thank the team for the rigorous work in each training and each match, I wish you only the best for your next seasons.

Ishmael

Diouf played collegiate ball at Laval in Quebec City.

This past season, Diouf averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for Laval, and then went on to average 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in the Final 8 Tournament, where the Victors won the National Championship. Diouf earned the MVP title in the Tournament.

According to a source, this recruitment was kept under wraps because several Big Ten schools were getting involved. Wolfpack Assistant Coach Levi Watkins ran point on Diouf’s recruitment.

While NC State is out of scholarships, in the world of NIL, funds are available to make this happen.

Diouf has 2-years of eligibility remaining. He was the #1 Draft Pick this year in CEBL, but didn’t sign with the team, making him eligible to still play college ball.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball is Tied for the 20th Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

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According to College Basketball Report, NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is tied for the 20th most NCAA Tournament wins since 2020.

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Yes, I’m fully aware that all 4 of those wins took place in this years NCAA Tournament, but I don’t care. STATS ARE STATS!

ACC Teams with the Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

1. Duke – 8
2. UNC – 7
2. Miami – 7
4. NC State – 4
5. Clemson – 3

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