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PI EXCLUSIVE: Our chat with the father of NC State target, 2023 4-star SG Silas Demary Jr

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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.

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NC State Offers Top-10 Forward Nate Ament

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NC State was in to watch 2025 Forward Nate Ament (6’8″/170) last week with Team Loaded on the Adidas AAU circuit, and the Wolfpack extended him a scholarship offer on the 20th.

Ament is a consensus Top-40 player in the 2025 recruiting class, with ON3 ranking him 10th overall. Rivals and ON3 both rank him as a 5-star player, and he is the consensus #1 player in the state of Virginia in his class.

He plays for Highland High School in Manassas, Virginia, where he averaged 19.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.7 assists per game last season.

Ament’s offer sheet is insane, holding offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Iowa, Wake Forest, Virginia, Pitt, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss, FSU, Alabama, Texas and others.

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NC State Offers 3-Star Small Forward Ryan Frost

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3-Star 2025 Small Forward Ryder Frost (6’6″/205) has received an offer from NC State.

247Sports ranks Frost as a 3-Star prospect, while the other databases have him as unranked (Rivals), or unlisted (ESPN & ON3). 247 ranks him as the #5 overall player in the state of Massachusetts in the 2025 recruiting class.

When it’s all said and done, I don’t expect Frost to be an unranked or unrated prospect by any database. He has been averaging 15 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Middlesex Magic in AAU ball in the Under Armour circuit this Spring, shooting 43% from three.

Sometimes everything can change in one day. Yesterday, after picking up an offer from Syracuse, Frost also picked up offers from Nebraska, Minnesota, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Prior to yesterday, Frost also held offers from West Virginia, Iowa, Penn State and others.

Frost looks to be one of the best three-point shooters in the nation in the 2025 recruiting class. He plays High School ball for Phillips Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Here’s a look at some highlights from his recent AAU circuit.

 

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Here’s a look at Frost’s Junior Highlights at Exeter, where he helped lead them to the state title. He was named the Player of the Year in New Hampshire, averaging 21.6 point and 7.7 rebounds per game, shooting 44 percent from three, making 201 from beyond the arc.

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4-Star Shooting Guard RJ Greer is Taking an Official Visit to NC State in Early June

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4-Star 2025 Shooting Guard RJ Greer (6’4″/170) confirmed with me that he will be taking an Official Visit to NC State on June 6-8.

Back on January 4th, Greer included NC State in his Top-4 along with Penn State, Cincinnati and the NBL. He also holds offers from Pitt, Xavier, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and others.

Greer has taken an unofficial visit to NC State previously.

This past season, Greer led his Archbishop Alter (Dayton, Ohio) to the state championship, and earned 2nd Team All-State honors. Greer averaged 16 points per game as a Junior.

 

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2025 4-Star SF Jackson Keith was at the NC State vs. UNC Game

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Earlier today, I mentioned Wolfpack prospects 4-Star 2025 Power Forward Sadiq White Jr., 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery, and 2026 Point Guard Kobe Edwards would be visiting for the NC State vs. UNC game.

4-Star 2025 Small Forward Jackson Keith (6’5″/175) was also in attendance.


Keith is a consensus 4-star prospect in the 2025 recruiting class, with Rivals ranking him as the #53 overall player in the class. The Southern High (Durham, NC) standout is ranked as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 class by ESPN.

Keith holds offers from NC State, Wake Forest, Mississippi St., Illinois, SMU, Virginia Tech, LSU and others.

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