Dusan Mahorcic isn’t a household name. Hell, I don’t even know how to pronounce that last name. But who cares, if the guy can fill a void in the paint for NC State, then I’ll welcome him with open arms.
Yesterday, Mohorcic chose NC State after spending the past two seasons at Utah.
— Dusan Mahorcic (@DMahorcic) May 2, 2022
Mahorcic actually isn’t new to this transfer game. Prior to landing at Utah, he played at Lewis University, then went to a community college, before heading to Illinois State. So yeah, the guy has been around.
On top of that, he was suspended by Utah midway through the season last year for undisclosed reasons.
Everything I’ve told you is probably scaring you. But hear me out.
I really didn’t even need to see the stats. I saw Mahorcic’s highlight reel and immediately knew he was the big we needed (of the ones we targeted). Keatts has everyone convinced that you need a big, long, athletic shot-blocker in the middle. But how has that worked out for him? Aside from Bates, who is a 1 in 1000 type of shot-blocker? Spoiler alert…it hasn’t.
NC State and their band of long, wrangly guards who are slashers first and shooters second, need a back to the basket, physical, fundamental big man. I mean, look at the NCAA Tournament teams? Most of them didn’t have giant shot-blockers roaming the middle. Most of them had fundamental bigs who could rebound, pass and score on the block.
I’ve found it crazy that Keatts hasn’t targeted a big like this before. You have a team of guys who really struggle to shoot it consistently, and you don’t have a ‘dump it down’ big to take some pressure off when shots aren’t falling.
Mohorcic is that guy.
And if you want to point to his stats, go ahead, they ain’t that bad. While at Illinois State he was a 10 point, 7 board guy in 24 minutes per game. At Utah he was a 5.5 point, 4 rebound guy in 14 minutes. During this past season, he was stuck behind Utah’s best player who was a 7-foot center. The point is, last year was right in line with his per-minute numbers at Illinois State.
⚜️ Available Transfer ⚜️
**1 Year of Eligibility Remaining**
— Transfer Tapes (@TransferTapes) February 16, 2022
Meanwhile, NC State was getting beasted in the paint by any and everyone. Dowuona needs to add some aggression if he wants to change that. Gibson is gone to the portal. So now you have Mahorcic, who is 6’10, 225lbs, and a bulldog on the block. He’s a high motor guy who is going to hustle and throw his weight around. He’s not going to block many shots, but he’s crafty around the basket and a decent finisher.
I’m putting the prediction out now. Screenshot it. Mahorcic is going to be a big factor on this NC State team next season. He’s a guy who can pass it from the high post, score it from the block, and a guy who is going to play extremely physical no matter who he’s up against. Sure, he’ll be out-athlete’d on occasion, but for that, we have to hope Dowuona takes another step up next season.
I love this signing and you should too.
NC State Men’s Basketball Will Face Difficult Odds in Battle 4 Atlantis
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:
According to Caesars Sports, NC State has the 2nd to worst odds to win the Battle 4 Atlantis.
2022 Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament winner odds @CaesarsSports
NC State +1200
— Mark Cundiff (@MarkyFutures) August 16, 2022
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.
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