Next season, NC State will all but certainly be without star SG Terquavion Smith and Kevin Keatts doesn’t really have someone to step into that role on his current roster.
That’s why you’ve seen the staff so focused on that position as they head out on the recruiting trail.
It’s worth noting that State shouldn’t have a tough time filling this position.
Keatts has quite the track record with 2 guards. He resurrected the careers of 2 transfers, Al Freeman and Devon Daniels, both of whom became the team’s leading scorers. Now you have Terquavion Smith, who set freshman offensive records for NC State. Aside from the year they needed to move Beverly, a PG, over to shooting guard, the 2’s in Keatts’ system have always been elite scorers who have found big-time success (and have been allowed to get big-time volume offensively).
So who is next?
Right now, it appears that 4-star guard Silas Demary Jr. is a high priority for the staff and is getting a lot of attention. He’s a physical 6’4 guard who can do it all and is almost tailor-made for Keatts system. He’s an elite defender, he can score at all 3 levels, and he’s a proven winner. In fact, Demary Jr. helped lead Millbrook HS (Raleigh) to a state title in 2021.
We reached out to Silas and his father to get a closer look at where they are in the recruiting process, and what type of player fans can expect. Here is what Silas Demary Sr. had to say about his son.
PI: NC State is likely going to lose Terquavion Smith to the NBA next season and if so, they’d have big minutes to give out at the 2. How much does an opportunity like that (immediate playing time) factor into the decision?
Demary Sr: Playing time will most definitely be a factor that will come into play as Silas Jr narrows down his list of schools. He is a fast-paced guard that has expressed wanting to go to a program where he can contribute immediately.
PI: Silas won a championship at Milbrook in Raleigh and while he’s now in Charlotte, has ties to the area. How important is location in his decision? Will it factor into the decision?
Demary Sr: Location is not a priority.
PI: This is one for all the fathers out there. We’ve heard that Silas really excels in the classroom. One report says he has a 4.0 GPA. How has he been able to prioritize success in the classroom, while also competing as a high-end athlete? (Any parenting tips?)
Demary Sr: Silas Jr has always been a high academic student. He understands that he is a student-athlete and a student first. Silas Jr has a twin sister (Sierra); the level of competitiveness academically is insane. They both push one another to do well. They make learning fun. Silas Jr always understood the importance of academics. It would never hinder nor limit him from chasing his college dreams. Parenting tips: Always stay ahead, read an article or a book regularly (not from your cell phone) and create good study habits. As training and practices get more intense and longer hours are spent in the gym, being able to juggle the rigor in the classroom is important. Time management is critical.
PI: Explain Silas’ game in your eyes. What are his greatest strengths and where would you like to see him improve?
Demary Sr: I enjoy watching Silas Jr play basketball. He continues to amaze me! I’ve trained him his entire life to be a great football player. As a retired football player, I had big shoes for him to fill. His mother still insists that he is a much better football player than basketball player. However, she now watches as a spectator and not as his mother. From a basketball perspective his strengths are playing with pace, getting downhill with ease, and his greatest strength is being a great teammate. He gets others involved and makes those around him better. I would like to see him improve his overall conditioning to be strong in those intense down-the-stretch moments. When playing at the next level, you would like to be able to finish the game with the same level of intensity that you started with.
PI: What type of program do you see him excelling in? Faster/Slower pace? Defensive/offensive oriented? A more lenient coach or a coach that is going to challenge him daily?
Demary Sr: Silas Jr is a player coach. I see him excelling in a fast-paced, up-tempo offense. Without question, he is a menace on defense. He’s had the opportunity to play for some great coaches from across the spectrum. He is not bothered by high-energy, intense coaches that challenge him to be better. He thrives in that environment.
Demary Jr will be taking his official visit to NC State on September 9th.
He’s already taken official visits to Tennessee, VCU, and St. John, and is scheduled to take one to USC on September 3rd.
This is going to be a hard-fought recruiting battle, but if playing time and fit are going to be major selling points, NC State is going to surely be in the mix.
I just watched NC State commit 4-star Trey Parker take on 5-star de-commit Rob Dillingham
I was pretty crushed when Rob Dillingham, the #1 PG in the country, de-committed from NC State.
Keatts really needs to stack some talent for next season with Smith, Joiner, Clark, Burns, Mahorcic, and Morsell all likely gone. The only guys you can count on to come back are Breon Pass, Ernest Ross, Greg Gantt, and LJ Thomas. And while those guys are good players, that group is certainly going to need some help.
Now, of course, you have the portal, but Keatts needs to start landing some big-time high school talent. The narrative was that it was hard to recruit with the NCAA sanctions hanging over the program, but how true was that? This was the offseason we’d find out.
It took a while, but all of a sudden the dominoes are falling and Keatts is adding some key pieces.
First up was Dennis Parker. He’s a 4 star forward who is athletic, long, and can stretch the defense with a good outside shot. This is a key position for Keatts, but so is SG. With Terquavion Smith leaving, there are a lot of points to replace.
That’s why the commitment of Trey Parker is so important.
We’ve been calling Parkers a 4-star because On3 has him ranked as such. However, both Rivals and 247 have him ranked as a 3-star. Why would Keatts take a 3-star at such an important position at this stage of the game?
I watched his highlights. I quickly understood.
Trey Parker is not a 3-star. Trey Parker might not be a 4-star. At the end of the day, he’s going to be very close to being a 5-star guard. That’s how good he is. In fact, he’s is very similar to Terquavion Smith. Both have unlimited 3-point range, very stright-up, nice elevation jumpers, both have good handles and both are super athletic. Smith might have a little tighter handle, but Parker is more athletic. They are both elite scorers.
Parker passed my eye test with flying colors. In fact, his highlight reel is one of the best I’ve ever seen for a kid coming to NC State.
So how could 247 and Rivals miss this bad? I had to watch a full game. Maybe he was mistake-prone, or maybe he was a really poor decision-maker. I decided to watch a full game where he took on Robert Dillingham, the 5-star PG who decommitted to NC State. This will really be a test.
My take on the Parker vs Dillingham game
First off, Robert Dillingham is elite. I mean, he’s NBA-ready right now. He might not ever play a game in college and if he does, it’s going to be the Robert Dillingham show. If you’re into team basketball or if you want a player to help build the program, Dillingham won’t be it. He’s going to be more of a Dennis Smith type in my opinion. He’s going to have some gaudy numbers, but I’m not sure how interested players will be in playing with him.
This wasn’t just my take. The announcers had this to say about the 5 star guard in this game
“Rob Dillingham. Like, I’ve never seen a green light like this. I don’t know what coach said to that man, but he must’ve said ‘Do whatever you want to do.’ and he’s doing whatever he wants to to.”
Dillingham went off. He scored 36 points. He had some insane highlights, but all in all, it was a one-man show. Oh, and his team ended up losing.
Meanwhile, Trey Parker looked legit.
It seems as if Parker took everyone by surprise recently because the announcer said “When Trey Parker got drafted to the Cold Hearts (Overtime Elite League team), I didn’t expect him to have this role, but he’s kind of taken on a lead role and he’s doing a good job.”
Parker finished with 18 points and 4 assists and was hounding guys on defense. In fact, he stripped Dillingham at midcourt and went down for a massive dunk. There weren’t any red flags with his game. He’s strong with the ball, he’s unselfish, he locks in on defense, he will be one of the most exciting dunkers NC State has ever had and he’s got unlimited range.
Oh, and NC State fans are going to love him. Here is what he had to say at halftime.
” I’m feeling good, man. Me and my team gotta play as a team on defense. And we got to talk on defense also. Defense wins games… We gotta talk more. communicate on defense. Defense is everything. Our offense is great right now.”
This kid has a chip on his shoulder. Maybe it’s the 3-star ranking? Maybe it’s because he only had offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State and TCU. Who knows, but this is another huge get by Keatts.
Remember, Terquavion Smith was a 3 star when he committed to the Pack and now here’s Parker committing with 3 stars (and just about ready to rise in the ranks.) Keatts is at it again, scooping up high-level talent before others realize it.
If you ask me, Parker has enough talent to come in and be a high-impact player from day 1. He might not be as flashy as Robert Dillingham, but he’s the guy I’d rather have. He’s going to be team-focused, hungry, and excited to play for fans in his home state.
Watch the whole game above and let me know what you think.
NC State Offers 4-Star Wing Kris Parker
Yesterday, NC State offered 2023 4-Star Wing Kris Parker (6’8″/175) out of Crossroad Academy in Quincy, Florida.
— Kris Parker (@KrisNooLimit) November 17, 2022
Parker also holds offers from Villanova, UCF, Illinois, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Virginia Tech, St. Johns, Florida St, Kansas St, Ole Miss, Florida and others.
ESPN ranks Parker as the #58 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of Florida.
Parker took an Official Visit to Alabama in September, and just took one to Villanova this past weekend, and picked up an offer afterwards.
— Issa Bucket (@IssaBucketPro) May 30, 2021
— Issa Bucket (@IssaBucketPro) May 25, 2022
4-Star Commit Trey Parker Signs National Letter of Intent Hours Before End of Early Signing Period
Last night 4-Star 2023 Guard Trey Parker verbally committed to NC State, and he also signed his National Letter of Intent as well, hours before the end of the early signing period, which ended last night at midnight.
2023 guard Treymayne Parker has signed a letter of intent to attend NC State. https://t.co/ygneo1tGlg
— Inside Pack Sports (@InsidePackSport) November 17, 2022
Both Wolfpack commits, Trey Parker and Dennis Parker, have signed their National Letters of Intent.
The fact that Keatts pulled this off right at the wire is beyond impressive. Trey Parker is set to see his national rankings soar in his Senior season, and was expected to see his offer sheet, which wasn’t all that impressive, expand. Parker is one of the more underrated talents in the 2023 recruiting class.
Incredible job by Keatts to get Parker to sign hours before the early signing period ended.
You can check out Parker’s insane VIDEO VAULT here.