NC State Wolfpack @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Location: Atlanta, GA
Line: GT -1.5
NC State is looking to end their 6 game losing streak as they head to Atlanta for a matchup with Georgia Tech.
This is a battle of the basement dwellers. NC State comes in at 3-12 in the conference (last place) and Tech sits at just 3-10 (second to last).
GT has lost 4 of their last 5, with their only win during that period coming against Clemson.
The Yellow Jackets are, as usual, going to rely mostly on the play of senior guard (6’5) Michael Devoe. The experienced guard is leading them in points (18.6), assists (3.3) and steals (1.5).
Aside from Devoe, Tech will look to 6’7 senior guard, Jordan Usher. who averages just under 15ppg.
NC State is going to have the advantage on the boards, as GT averages just 9 per game, while NC State is middle of the pack with 12. State also scores more than the Jackets, but isn’t quite as good from long range.
GT is a good matchup for State, since they really don’t have a reliable post presence, something the Pack has struggled with all season long. This will allow them to switch most screens without having to worry about a big slipping down, or posting up on a mismatch.
For the Wolfpack, the keys are clear. They need to get big games from Seabron, Smith and Hellems. How those 3 go, so goes NC State. They’ll need to win the battle of the boards and do their best to turn over the Yellow Jackets, who average almost 13 turnovers per game.
NC State isn’t really playing for any postseason bid at this point, but a strong finish to the season could help them with some confidence going into the ACC Tournament.
While anything can happen, it’s hard to see the Wolfpack showing any drastic changes. They’ve tried just about everything possible. They’ve adjusted lineups, switched defenses, and even moved guys into different positions. Nothing has worked. Without a real threat in the middle and without a true PG, NC State is likely going to live and die by the jumper every time out.
Terquavion Smith and Greg Gantt take over NC State’s Instagram for the Day
A couple of days ago, Terquavion Smith and Greg Gantt were handed the camera to show State fans just what gameday is like through the player’s eyes. The guys chronicle a day in the Bahamas as they participate in walkthroughs, downtime at the hotel and pregame shootaround.
VIDEO: Inside Look at the workouts of NC State’s new 7 foot wing, Mady Traore
A few days ago, we went into depth about NC State’s newest addition, 7-foot wing, Mady Traore. As we were doing our research, we came across a couple workout videos that were posted.
Watching his highlights from games is probably a better indicator of what we’ll see on the court come November. bit watching these workouts (which are kind of showcasing his skills without any defenders) give a better glimpse of his potential.
Sooo, let’s talk about the 7 foot wing who just committed to play for the Pack this season
While everyone was focused on the upcoming football season, or discussing NC State basketball’s coming trip to the Bahamas, something happened.
NC State landed a commitment from 7-foot stretch forward, Mady Traore. And he’ll be eligible to play THIS season.
Surely, a guy committing this late in the process isn’t going to be a difference maker, right? It’s probably a guy no one has heard of. Someone who has slipped through the cracks.
But what if I told you that Taore, a French native (who has moved around quite a bit in recent years) had offers from Auburn, Kansas, Oregon, LSU, Arizona, Illinois, Florida, and many, many more.
Well, we are. Especially after watching some of his recent film.
NC State got in on Traore late after seeing him at the NBA camp in early July. But the story is kind of strange because after coming over to America midway through high school, he really jumped around to different schools. Maybe he was trying to find a place where he’d be showcased? But either way, all the moving made it hard to keep track of him. The one connection he does have to the Pack is LJ Thomas. The NC State incoming freshman, Thomas, played for Bull City prep and during all his moving, Traore spent a small amount of time with the AAU team at one point.
Whatever the story is, Traore committed to NC State on July 29th.
Here he is talking to Pro Insights, explaining what Pack fans can expect of him.
— Pro Insight™️ (@_proinsight) August 2, 2022
Traore wasn’t on campus yet, so he couldn’t make the trip to the Bahamas with the team, but he should be ready to go when the team returns.
What can we expect?
Well, we’re not sure. It’s likely Traore won’t be in the main rotation to start the season, but it wouldn’t surprise me for him to start seeing minutes at some point this season. He is 7 feet tall and can guard almost any position.
So is he a project player? Depends on your definition of that. I think this kid has all the tools necessary to be an eventual NBA talent. The question is, can he put it all together? He needs to bulk up, get more physical and just get more experience at a high level.
He’s got a 7’3 wing span. He can shoot it. He’s athletic, shifty, and has great footwork and coordination for a 7-footer. His handle is a little suspect, but he seems to have a pretty good court IQ. He looks like a coachable kid with a high motor. Pair that with his God-given tools, and well, Keatts and company may have just snatched up an eventual elite level talent under everyone’s nose.
NC State added a 6'11 piece to their 2022 recruiting class in Mady Traore. What will he be able to bring to the table for the Wolfpack? #PhenomHoops
— Phenom Hoop Videos (@PhenomMixtapes) August 3, 2022
Another double-double for Jack Clark as NC State rolls past PR 81-69
NC State moves to 2-0 in the Bahamas after using a strong 4th quarter to come back and beat Puerto Rico 81-69.
If you haven’t been following, NC State is in the Bahamas for their summer exhibition trip. They won their first game against Bahama Select 92-81, using big games from Terquavion Smith (26 pts) and a double-double from LaSalle transfer Jack Clark (who had a 12 and 13 double-double).
This was a close one, with NC State losing after 3 quarters, 55-52. However, Clark went off for 8 points and 3 rebounds in the 4th, leading the Pack to the 12-point victory.
This was Clark’s second double-double in two games for NC State as he finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Without any media coverage, other than what the team is providing, we can’t see exactly how Clark is scoring, but from what we can piece together, he’s doing it in a variety of ways. For instance, in this game he knocked down SIX 3s.
It’s got to be a fluke if a guy show shot below 30% from long range last season is suddenly hitting his 3s, right? Well, not necessarily. Clark has great form and a smooth release. He was actually projected to be a very good shooter coming out of high school. During his freshman season he shot 41% from 3 (for context, Scott Wood shot 41% for his career at NC State). Clark then kind of lost his touch during the next two seasons, shooting 28% and 29% respectively. So we were waiting and watching to see which Jack Clark showed up for Kevin Keatts. At this point, it looks like he’s found his form and is back to being a quality shooter.
According to GoPack.com, Ole Miss transfer, Jarkell Joiner, also had his second good game in a row. After notching 14 points and 3 assist in game one, the grad senior followed it up 16 points and 5 assists in this one.
Terquavion Smith added 9 points and 4 steals (while missing a significant chunk of the game with a leg cramp), while Casey Morsell finished with 11 and DJ Burns dropped 12 (8 in the 4th quarter).
NC State shot 56.3 percent in the second half, and 64.2 percent from three-point range.