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Terquavion Smith opts out of NBA Draft: HEEEE’S BAAAAACK!!!

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Last year, Terquavion Smith was a record-setting freshman scorer for NC State. He then decided to enter the NBA Draft to get feedback, with the option to pull out by June 1st.

During that time howver, Smith blew up.

Smith excelled at every workout, and soon he was being mentioned as a sure-fire 1st rounder. It started to become more and more likely that Smith would keep his name in the draft.

That was, until today.

Smith shocked everyone when he decided to pull out and spend one more year in college at NC State.

This bucks the trend of NC State losing guys prematurely to the draft. It’s a feather in Keatts cap as well, showing the fanbase that there is belief in his program from his players.

In a showing of extreme confidence, Smith has decided to bet on himself. To come back, improve, bulk up, and become a potential lottery pick next season.

You have to love this move and it’s going to really cement Smith as a fan favorite this coming season. A kid who could have gone first round, that decided to trust Keatts and NC State with helping him improve, up his stock, and likely reach his ceiling at the college level before turning pro.

Did NIL money come into play? We aren’t sure, but likely when a kid makes a move like this, he has some insurance built in. We’ll keep you updated, but suddenly NC State is looking like a contender for next season.

Take a look at this potential lineup.

PG- Jarkell Joiner (transfer from Ole Miss)
SG- Terquavion Smith
SF- Jack Clark (transfer from LaSalle)
PF- Ernest Ross (coming off injury)
C- DJ Burns (Big South MVP and tranfer from Winthrop)

The bench is also pretty stacked..

PG- Breon Pass
SG- LJ Thomas
SF- Casey Morsell
PF- Greg Gantt
C- Dusan Mahorcic/Ebe Duowuona

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Papajohn
Papajohn
8 months ago

A most unexpected, happy, surprise.
You wonder if Keatts suspected this might happen. So far as we know, he never entertained a SG for an OV. On the other hand, he went right after a PG.

Afterglow
Afterglow
8 months ago

YESSSSSSSS!!!

Rev
Rev
8 months ago
Reply to  Afterglow

You my friend still held hope when many of us were sure he was gone. THANKS!

Afterglow
Afterglow
8 months ago
Reply to  Rev

I do what I can. Now maybe, just maybe, Seabron can put the cherry on top.

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NC State Ranked 38th in the NET Rankings After FSU Win

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team ranks 38th in the NET Rankings, moving up 2 spots after beating FSU by 28 points last night.

The Wolfpack currently ranks 3rd in the ACC in the NET Rankings, trailing only UVA and Duke.

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NC State has another Quad 4 game this Saturday at home, hosting Georgia Tech at 1pm on ACC Network.

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Notes on NC State’s Best Start Under Kevin Keatts, and the Wolfpack’s Best Start in Nearly 20 Years

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Last night, NC State improved to 18-5 overall and 8-4 in the ACC after defeating FSU 94-66 in PNC Arena. The Wolfpack are off to their best start under Kevin Keatts. Here are a few notes on last night, and the historic start for Kevin Keatts.

  • NC State snapped a 5-game losing streak to FSU.
    • This was the largest margin of victory (28 points) ever against the Seminoles, surpassing 25-point victories in 2001 and 1955.
  • This is NC State’s best record through 23 games (18-5) since 2005-06 (19-4).
    • This is the Wolfpack’s best ACC record through 12 games (8-4) since 2005-06 (8-4).
  • This is the first time NC State has scored 90+ points in an ACC game since December 7th, 2019 against Wake Forest (91-82).
  • Terquavion Smith scored 32 points, which was 1 point away from tying his career high of 33, which he scored against Coppin State in December.
  • The Wolfpack have won 7 of their last 8 games.
  • This is the best start Kevin Keatts has had at NC State through the first 23 games.
    • They started 16-7 his first two seasons.
  • This is also the Wolfpack’s best start in ACC play under Kevin Keatts through 12 games (8-4).
    • His best start prior to this year was 6-6.
  • NC State went 6-1 in January, which was the best record in the month of January since 1988-89 when the Wolfpack went 8-1.
  • The Wolfpack entered February with 17 wins, which is the most wins entering the month in program history.

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NC State 94 FSU 66: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State crushed FSU 94-66 tonight in PNC Arena, improving to 18-5 overall and 8-4 in the ACC. The Box Score is here. Check out the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

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NC State 94 FSU 66: BOX SCORE

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NC State improved to 18-5 overall, and 8-4 in the ACC after defeating Florida State 94-66 tonight in PNC Arena. Below is the Box Score.

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