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Where Are They Now?: Cat Barber

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Back when we started this site 13 years ago, when it was a little blog called WolfpackHoops, we had an ongoing series called “Where are They Now,”, and I’m feeling nostalgic.

So I’m bringing it back.

Where the heck is Anthony “Cat” Barber these days?

Glad you asked.

Barber arrived at NC State as a McDonald’s All-American, who turned down offers from the likes of Kansas, UCONN and Louisville to run with the Wolfpack. A consensus 4-star recruit, was ranked as the #25 overall player in the 2013 class, and the #1 player in the state of Virginia, playing his high school ball at Hampton High School (Hampton, VA). To date, Barber is the 9th highest rated recruit to commit to NC State according to the 247Sports database.

As a Junior, Barber earned 1st Team All-ACC honors after leading the ACC in scoring (23.5). He decided not to return for his Senior season, and entered his name in the NBA Draft, but didn’t hear it called.

In 2016-17, Barber played in the G-League with the Delaware Blue Coats and the Greensboro Swarm, averaging 16.4 points and 4.7 assists in 40 combined games.

In Cat’s 2nd year as a professional (2017-18), he played for the Swarm in the G-League again, averaging 16.9 points and 4.5 assists in 29 games, but it would also be his first year playing professionally across the pond. Barber played 7 games in Italy for Happy Casa Brindisi, averaging 10.4 points, and he also played 10 games in Israel for Ironi Nahariya, averaging 14.7 points.

In 2018-19, he once again played in the G-League, playing 27 games with Greensboro (3rd straight year), and 14 games with the Erie BayHawks, averaging 14.5 points and 5 assists between the two squads. That same year he jumped across the pond again, playing 10 games once again for Ironi Nahariya in Israel, averaging 16.9 points.

In year 4, Barber stayed stateside the whole year, playing 39 games for the College Park Skyhawks, averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 assists.

In 2020-21, Cat only played 9 games professionally, this time in Germany for Syntainics MBC, averaging 8.7 points per game.

Year 6 proved to be a monumental year for Barber, because it would mark the one time in his professional career he actually made it to the NBA, though it was only for three games with the Atlanta Hawks. Even though he only played three games in the NBA, he put together his best season in the G-League to date, averaging 22.8 points and 7.9 assists per game in his second stint with the Skyhawks, earning All NBA G-League 2nd Team honors. Barber also crossed the border, playing 18 games for the Guelph Nighthawks in Canada, averaging 19.6 points and 5.2 assists.

Where will Cat be in Year 7 of professional basketball?

 

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Cat is headed overseas to suit up for Ukranian team BC Budivelnyk as they prepare for FIBA’s Basketball Champions League Qualifiers, which kick off on September 21st.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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TJ Warren is Back Baby!

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Tonight, former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren played his first NBA game since December 29, 2020, and HE’S STILL GOT IT!

For the first time as a member of the Nets, Warren stepped on the court.

Tony Buckets came off the bench, and managed to score 10 points (5-11 FG) and grab 4 rebounds in 17 minutes of play in Brooklyn’s 114-105 victory over the Raptors.

 

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Zonovan Knight Makes Jets History in NFL Debut

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Former NC State All-American (Kickoff Returner) and All-ACC Running Back Zonovan Knight made his NFL debut today in the Jets 31-10 victory over the Bears, and in doing so, he made New York history.

Knight had 69 yards on 14 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and had 3 receptions for 34 yards, giving him 103 yards from scrimmage, setting a new Jets record for yards from scrimmage in an NFL debut.

Bam went undrafted earlier this year, but then signed an undrafted free agent deal with New York. He initially made the Jets 53-man roster, but then was waived a few days later to make space for an Offensive Lineman. Two days later, the Jets signed Knight to their Practice Squad, and that’s where he was until he was called up to the 53-man roster on October 25th.

Though Bam has been on the 53-man roster since then, today was the first time that he was Active. This came after Jets Running Back James Robinson was listed as a healthy scratch. When Running Back Michael Carter left the game in the 1st half with an ankle injury, it was Knight’s turn to step in as RB1.

Knight ended up playing 49% of the offensive snaps for the Jets today.

Also, dude was wearing a Scarface sweater for his postgame press conference…serious drip.

Also, Knight made a bet with Jets Running Back Michael Carter, a former Tar Heel, that if NC State beat UNC, he would have to wear an NC State shirt tomorrow to practice. Love it Bam!

Knight might have just made a big enough splash to justify more of an active role with the New York Jets.

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Carlos Rodon Finishes 6th in 2022 National League Cy Young Award Voting

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Earlier this week, the 2022 Cy Young Winners were announced, and former NC State All-American Pitcher Carlos Rodon came in 6th in the National League voting.

Sandy Alcantara, MIA: 30 (first-place votes) – 210 points
Max Fried, ATL: 10 (2nd), 7 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 72 points
Julio Urías, LAD: 7 (2nd), 9 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 66 points
Aaron Nola, PHI: 5 (2nd), 6 (3rd), 4 (4th), 2 (5th) – 48 points
Zac Gallen, ARI: 3 (2nd), 5 (3rd), 6 (4th), 6 (5th) – 45 points
Carlos Rodón, SF: 3 (2nd), 1 (3rd), 4 (4th), 7 (5th) – 30 points
Corbin Burnes, MIL: 1 (2nd), 2 (3rd), 1 (4th), 8 (5th) – 20 points
Yu Darvish, SD: 3 (4th), 1 (5th) – 7 points
Edwin Díaz, NYM: 1 (2nd), 2 (5th) – 6 points
Kyle Wright, ATL: 1 (4th), 1 (5th) – 3 points
Logan Webb, SF: 1 (4th) – 2 points
Ryan Helsley, STL: 1 (5th) – 1 point (MLB)

Rodon finished the 2022 season with a 14-8 record, a 2.88 ERA, 237 strikeouts (179 innings) and a WHIP of 1.03. In the National League, he ranked 6th in ERA, 2nd in K’s, 9th in WHIP and 9th in Wins.

In 2021, Rodon finished 5th in the Cy Young Award voting for the American League.

Rodon is now a Free Agent, and is set to become a very wealthy man after the past two seasons he’s put together.

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Trea Turner Wins First Silver Slugger Award

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop recently won the National League Silver Slugger Award for the Shortstop position, the first of his career.

Among Shortstops, Turner led the MLB in hits (194) while coming 2nd in Batting Average (.298), doubles (39) and RBI’s (100).

Turner also earned his 2nd All-Star appearance in 2022.

The Dodgers recently issued a Qualifying Offer to Turner, who is now a Free Agent, and as expected he declined it.

Turner is about to make boat loads of money.

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