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PORTAL NEWS: NC State hosting a 6’10 big man with solid footwork, good post moves and great vision

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NC State will be hosting Dusan Mahorcic, a 6’10 big man from Utah who is down to Arizona State and NC State.

Mohorcic is your classic Euro-big. He’s big, physical, has solid footwork in the post and is a great passer. With the news that Shawn Phillips (6’11 center) has decommitted from NC State, and the transfer of Jaylon Gibson, the Pack needs bodies up front. Mahoricic is certainly a big body at 6’10, 225lbs. He’s a native of Serbia and has spent this past season at Utah, after spending the previous year at Illinois State. Last year he didn’t put up huge numbers, but beggers can’t be choosers.

Mahorcic finish this past season averaging 5.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 14 minutes per game. If he chooses NC State you can bet he’d be getting around 30 minutes per game, and if he can double his output with his doubling of minutes then you’re looking at a 11 point, 8 rebound big man.

You think that’s a stretch?

Well, look at these highlights and see if you still think so.

He’s certailny physical. He’s got good footwork with lots of up fakes and pivots on the block. He can finish with both hands. He has a decent little jumper and he’s a great passer. The truth is, NC State hasn’t really had a big like this in a long time.

Now, Keatts has seemed to focus recruiting on athletic, shot blockers, but that hasn’t panned out. In fact, Keatts has had his most success with bigs like Yurtseven and Funderburk. Both were guys who could give you some back ot the basket buckets. And he has never had one who had good vision and could pass well out of the post.

This would be a good get for NC State, and if you ask us, this is a guy you want on your roster to pair with Dowuona.

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Rev
Rev
4 months ago

This guy brings in experience to offset Phillips potential. Lost a potential defensive star but gained a Big that vacant catch and score. I’ll take it if we can get him into the fold. This may be Levi’s first recruiting test. We really needed someone besides Ebe and I don’t want Ross having to play center.

And yes, we MUST get a point guard.

And someone who can shoot threes!

Dof87
Dof87
4 months ago

We need a bigger body like this to take up space inside. These Euro players are typically pretty good passers as well so we can hopefully keep defenses honest inside and then kick out to shooters. The ability to do that was sorely missed last year, and our skinny bigs got pushed around way too much.

Papajohn
Papajohn
4 months ago

Going up against Hurley. You’d think we’ve got a shot, certainly an upgrade over Gibson for us. He’s a one year guy, so shouldn’t care that Keatts might not be around.
A player like this needs a good point guard.

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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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