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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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Rev
Rev
1 year ago

You can’t coach them to be taller, so any 7 footer that can move like this guy is a bonus. His game tape and highlights, even the workout promo, make him look like a small forward trying to figure out how to play center. I absolutely love a kid that is a polished communicator, assuming he said or wrote that piece himself. I want our players, and coaches, to represent us in a way that improves our image. If Levi says this kid is the real deal, I am all for it. I agree with Dof87, let’s hope we that… Read more »

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
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Wanted to add, outside shots and finger roll moves to the hoop impress me more than watching kids just dunk over smaller players.

Maybe PackInsider Staff can find some proper stats for Mady and some of the recruiting targets. Steals, blocks, fouls, Free throw and shooting percentage minus the dunks, would help the assessment, even against lesser competition

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Well, he’s got that 7 foot tall / 7’3″ wide mystique every school loves. There are some mysteries there that need ‘splaining. If you look at his recruiting timeline on 247 you see he got all 16 of his other offers back in October 2020. There are no offers listed in 2021. And we are the only one listed for 2022. He was 6’11” back in 2020 when he got all those offers according to his HS profile. He certainly could have grown an inch in two years, but the resume definitely looks better at 7′ than 6’11’. (somebody get… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

He’s a very intriguing recruit. Appears to have good fundamentals and can catch the ball inside, which is a problem for some young bigs. He seems aggressive, will need to improve quickness. Very high ceiling. Hope he sticks around and develops. If he plays well he may get a lot of portal pressure next year, if he doesn’t play well or much he may want to move on. But even if he doesn’t stick around he provides us with height and skills that help make our practices better. Considering our existing depth and how late we had to wait to… Read more »

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CBS Sports Ranks NC State Men’s Basketball 10th in Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason ACC Power Rankings

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Isaac Trotter, of CBS Sports, released his Way-Too-Early Men’s Basketball 2024 Preseason Power Rankings this week, and he put the Wolfpack at #10 in the conference.

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The Wolfpack finished the regular season ranked 10th in 2023-24, but went on to win 5 games in 5 days to win the 2024 ACC Tournament for the first time since 1987. NC State would go to make a miracle run in the NCAA Tournament, making the Final Four.

NC State won’t have DJ Burns, Casey Morsell and DJ Horne, but they did bring in a Freshman class of 2 4-Star Guards in Trey Parker & Paul McNeil, and a 4-man Transfer Class of:

Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (Louisville)

Guard/Forward Dontez Styles (Georgetown)

Guard Mike James (Louisville)

Guard Marcus Hill (Bowling Green)

There is obviously a ton of momentum and hype surrounding the Wolfpack Men’s Basketball program after winning the ACC title and going to the Final Four.

In 2024-25, will we get a repeat of the regular season results in 2023-24, or will we see the postseason version of the Wolfpack?

What do you think? Share in the comments.

 

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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