Davin Cosby Jr. is a 6’5, 180lb Terquavion Smith clone.
It’s no wonder that the Word of God (Raleigh) star is getting the attention of NC State head coach Kevin Keatts. Not only is he right down the street, but he’s also the closest thing out there to the guy he’d be trying to replace.
Smith is 6’4, 160lbs, so he’s smaller for sure, but the two guards have the same mentality. They are big, tall guards who can get to the rim and have seemingly unlimited range from 3.
Coming out of High School, the only question surrounding Smith was whether or not he’d be able to learn how to pick his spots at the next level. He was an elite shooter, but he was so good that he’d often take tough shots from 5 feet behind the 3 point line instead of working the ball around to get an easier look.
Turns out, it didn’t really matter. Smith has reined in his shot selection, but he still takes some deep 3s. The reason you don’t hear anyone complaining is because he hits them.
Cosby Jr is in the same boat. The kid is tall and has insane ranage, so he can really get a shot off at any point. The question for Cosby is the same question that people had about Smith at that point in his career.
Coming from experience with this type of player, Keatts seems to be all in.
Cosby Jr. is taking his official visit to NC State on September 16th. He’s one of 3 elite SGs that NC State is courting. The other two are also big guards who can score, however, Silas Demary Jr and Braelon Green are more selective with their shots, a little more physical, and like to get to the rim.
Honestly, Keatts can’t go wrong with any of these guys, so the hope is that the Pack can reel in one of them. However, if things work out this year with Smith, Cosby Jr. might start to look even more enticing as a replacement to the future NBA talent.
Cosby has shifty handles for his size, and very good body control. He’s not quite as athletic as Smith, but he’s bigger and has a frame that could put on some muscle at the next level.
Just look at this kid’s range in the video above.
5-Star Guard A.J. Johnson is Rescheduling his Official Visit to NC State
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.
AJ Johnson, the No. 14 overall prospect in the 2023 class, will no longer take his official visit to NC State this weekend, a source tells @247Sports.
— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) September 22, 2022
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
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.
NC State’s Kevin Keatts and Wake Forest’s Steve Forbes were in this afternoon for Combine’s Silas Demary Jr, Rakease Passmore, and Trentyn Flowers, their coach told @Stockrisers. VCU’s Mike Rhoades and an assistant among those also in for Demary Jr.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 20, 2022
On Monday, Keatts was in to see 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Juke Harris in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Kevin Keatts in to see Juke Harris; 4-star adds SEC offer
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) September 20, 2022
Members of the Wolfpack coaching staff were in to see 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Jaeden Mustaf in Matthew, North Carolina.
Miami and Kansas are sending assistants in today for four-star junior Jaeden Mustaf, he told @Stockrisers. NC State’s Kevin Keatts and Howard’s Kenny Blakeney will also be in this week.
Maryland will also be in this week.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 19, 2022
4-Star 2024 Small Forward Isaiah Evans is planning an unofficial visit to NC State.
Also planning to take an unofficial to NC State in October but the date is TBD.
— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) September 18, 2022
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.
‘24 Sir Mohammed talks to @On3Recruits about unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and NC State
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) September 18, 2022
4-Star SF Dennis Parker Includes NC State in Final 5 Schools
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.
2023 four-star Dennis Parker is down to five schools, he tells @On3Recruits.
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) September 20, 2022
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.
2023 Dennis Parker Jr has been a standout in the CBG Fall Series. Recently took Official Visits to NC State, Georgetown & Oklahoma State this summer🔥
— Commonwealth Basketball Group (@theCBGLive) September 20, 2022
NC State Makes Final 3 for 4-Star SG Braelon Green
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.
Braelon Green, the No. 129 overall prospect in the 2023 Composite Rankings, will make his college decision on Saturday, September 24th at 3:00 PM ET, he tells @247Sports.
— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) September 20, 2022
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.
Let’s welcome 2023 Braelon Green 6’3 PG to Southern California Academy. Electric & dynamic guard that can play both guard positions because of size, explosiveness, & ability to play make & score. One of the best defenders in the country. @BraelonGreen1 #RamThrough 🐏🤞🏽 pic.twitter.com/KD5F3kF7YV
— Julius V. (@JuliusVElite0) July 24, 2022