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WE WANT MORE! Chris Corchiani and son team up for the entertaining and informative ‘Corch Pod’

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Point Guards are the coaches on the floor in basketball. Great ones understand everything happening on the court during a game. They are tuned in to the game plan, they are focused on the game’s pace, the team’s shot selection, and making sure everyone is in the right place doing the right thing. The point I’m trying to make is that great point guards know the game of basketball better than most.

Chris Corchiani is the best PG to ever play at NC State and arguably the best true PG in ACC history. He’s long been retired, but he continues to live locally and follow NC State basketball, at times working commentary for ACC Network.

So is there anyone whose opinion should carry more weight on NC State basketball than Corch? Seriously. From a true observational standpoint, whose take on NC State Basketball should you listen to? Some talking head who went to journalism school and studied the game of basketball from the bleachers, or someone who studied the game from being on the court, in the locker room, and living it. Do you want to listen to an ‘analyst’ or a guy who went on to become an ACC legend in the sport?

That’s why we think everyone should be tuned into ‘The Corch Pod.” It’s a podcast/youtube channel where Chris and his son Hugo discuss college basketball, specifically NC State basketball. And their current episode makes me believe that this is going to be something Pack fans are really going to start to enjoy.

Hugo and Chris take to an outdoor court in Raleigh and just shoot around while they answer questions and discuss recent topics around college basketball and NC State. They talk about the Valvano genius in-game coaching, Seabron’s NBA potential, the transfer portal, the NIL deals, and so much more.

The setup gives you the new school take from Hugo and the old school take from Chris. It’s entertaining. It’s informative. And honestly, it has the potential to be one of the best NC State podcasts out there.

If they keep it semi-consistent, keep with the pod being done outside while shooting around at local Raleigh courts, and continue to talk about relevant topics, then I think they have a hit on their hands!

Make sure you tune it above and follow them on Instagram and Twitter to have some of your own questions answered.

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NC State Men’s Basketball Will Face Difficult Odds in Battle 4 Atlantis

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball will be playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on November 23-35, and the odds aren’t in their favor.

Here’s a rundown of the teams in the tournament:

Kansas
Wisconsin
NC State
Dayton
Southern California
BYU
Tennessee
Butler

According to Caesars Sports, NC State has the 2nd to worst odds to win the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Wolfpack drew a no-nonsense first game, playing against Kansas, the defending National Champions. Then, they will either play Wisconsin or Dayton. Wisconsin finished last season with a 25-8 overall record, a #14 ranking in the AP Poll, losing in the 2nd of the NCAA Tournament to Iowa State. Dayton finished last season with a 24-11 overall record, losing in the 2nd round of the NIT to Vanderbilt.

 

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Terquavion Smith and Greg Gantt take over NC State’s Instagram for the Day

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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.

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VIDEO: Inside Look at the workouts of NC State’s new 7 foot wing, Mady Traore

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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.

Enjoy!

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Sooo, let’s talk about the 7 foot wing who just committed to play for the Pack this season

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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.

Intrigued?

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.

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.

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