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4-star guard, brother of NBA lottery pick Jalen Green, taking an official to NC State

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2023 4-star, AJ Johnson, will be visiting NC State on September 24th, according to 247s Travis Banham.

Johnson is a 6’5 guard hailing from Woodland Hills, CA. He’s got a long wiry frame, a nice shot, good handles and a ton of athleticism.

Johnson is also the younger brother of Houston Rockets star Jalen Green, who was the 2nd overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. Green averaged 17 points in his rookie season.

Johnson is getting a ton of interest, but the only official visist he has set up are to NC State, Texas, USC, and LSU. It’s worth noting that Louisville, Gonzaga, and Kansas may be looking to get on that visit list as well.

Johnson started to get national attention when he went head to head with Bronnie James (Lebron’s son) and scored 15 pts.

This is worth keeing your eye on. It will be hard for NC State to out-recruit Gonzaga or Kansas if they get into the mix, however if the list stays as it is now, NC State has a shot here.

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Rev
1 month ago

Gotta fix my pic. Not sure where it went.
Papajohn,
I feel your pain. We have had commitments and we have been front runners for several high school players over the past two years. I know it seems like $$$$ are calling the shots, but winning is the key. Kansas, Gonzaga, Dook, Tarholes, Kentucky, they don’t lose too many early commitments.

Our BRAND sucks right now. I feel like it needs a major overhaul.

Rev
Rev
1 month ago
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Fixed my pic

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 month ago

Recruiting is so frustrating right now. It’s hard to get too excited about players we make offers to because most will never show up on campus. Whereas in the good old days (get off my lawn!) you could find and sign players during the early signing period and finish off your class in the spring, that model seems to be fading away. It might be that some bigger draws can still do that, but most of us don’t. The ‘Terquavion Smith model’ – spot them really early and lock them up doesn’t seem to happen much. He’s a unicorn –… Read more »

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5-Star Guard A.J. Johnson is Rescheduling his Official Visit to NC State

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5-Star 2023 Guard A.J. Johnson (6’5″/165) was set to take an Official Visit to NC State this weekend, but the plans have changed, and he is looking to reschedule it near the end of October.

Rivals ranks Johnson as the #9 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class. He has already taken Official Visits to LSU (9/17) and USC (9/10) the past two weekends, and is scheduled to take one to Louisville on October 21st. If Johnson is still planning to take an Official Visit to Raleigh in late-October, he might be in early on October 27th, when the NC State football team will host Virginia Tech on Thursday night on ESPN.

According to 247’s Travis Branham, Kansas, Arizona State and Gonzaga are all candidates for the 5th and final Official Visit.

Johnson plays for Donda Academy in Simi Valley, California, and honestly, he is a candidate to try to play professionally outside the NBA for a season, prior to entering the 2024 NBA Draft.

 

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NC State Basketball Recruiting Update: 9/21

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There’s a lot happening in regards to NC State Men’s Basketball recruiting, so I thought I’d just throw a buffet line of info in one piece to knock it out.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts was in Asheville yesterday to check out 2023 4-Star Shooting Guard Silas Demary Jr., 2024 4- Star Shooting Guard Rakease Passmore and 2024 5-Star Small Forward Trentyn Flowers at Combine Academy.

On Monday, Keatts was in to see 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Juke Harris in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Members of the Wolfpack coaching staff were in to see 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Jaeden Mustaf in Matthew, North Carolina.

4-Star 2024 Small Forward Isaiah Evans is planning an unofficial visit to NC State.

NC State has been in to see 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Sir Mohammed, and he took an unofficial visit to NC State. The Wolfpack offered him on August 2nd.

 

 

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4-Star SF Dennis Parker Includes NC State in Final 5 Schools

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4-Star 2023 Small Forward Dennis Parker (6’6″/175) has revealed his Final 5 schools, and NC State made the cut along with Georgetown, Missouri, Oklahoma State, and USC.

After taking an Official Visit to Missouri this upcoming weekend, Parker will have taken Official Visits to all 5 schools. Parker took his Official to NC State on the weekend of September 9th.

Here’s what he had to say to ON3 about NC State:

NC State: “The best part was, once again, the plan. They are going to support me in my dreams. I’m all in on whoever I go to. I had never been to Raleigh, and it was actually pretty nice. Coach Keatts kind of models my game of a little bit like Dereon Seabron. They space the floor, set screens, and just go downhill from there.” (ON3)

ON3 ranks Parker as the #59 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of Virginia, playing for John Marshall in Richmond.

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NC State Makes Final 3 for 4-Star SG Braelon Green

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According to 247Sports, 4-Star 2023 Shooting Guard Braelon Green (6’3/180) will be announcing which school he will be committing to this Saturday (9/24) at 3pm. Green has narrowed his list to NC State, Arizon State and Nebraska.

Here’s what Green had to say to 247 about NC State and what they have in common with the other two schools:

NC State: “Coach [Kevin] Keatts showed in the last year of how his guards have freedom and the culture is coming back to where it used to.”

“They all have the same thing in common,” added Green of this finalists. “They haven’t promised playing time but they have said that if I do what I’m supposed to and what they expect me to do then I will have a great chance to start freshman year.” (247)

Rivals ranks Green as the #65 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class. Green plays for Southern California Academy.

NC State was late to arrive in the recruitment of Green, offering him on July 25th.

Green was scheduled to take official visits to Nebraska (9/30) and NC State (10/7), but it looks like he won’t be taking them. He did take an Official Visit to Arizona State the first week of September. Arizona State is looking like the favorite here.

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