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WATCH: NC State’s new 7-footer has a new highlight reel and it’s pretty impressive

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I am honestly finding it pretty hard to see a way that NC State’s new 7-footer, Mady Traore, isn’t going to be a big difference maker at some point in his college career. Just watch.

Help me here, people! What am I missing?

Think back at some 7 footers that didn’t have an impact at the college level. What was wrong with them?

Well, usually a 7-footer who isn’t a difference maker is either extremely slow and stagnant, uncoordinated,and unathletic. Traore is none of those things.

Admittedly, he’s super thin, and doesn’t really have a frame that is going to bulk up much, but this isn’t a guy you’re hoping one day bangs on the blocks with the big dogs. This is an athletic stretch 4, who at 7 feet, can run the floor, shoot and hopefully, eventually take you off the bounce.

His footwook is good. His hands are good. He moves well laterally.

If Traore doesn’t one day become an impact player, then it will be the first time I’ve seen a guy with his skillset and size not amount to much.

The point is. I’m excited. Not really for this year (however, I think he’ll get some burn in games that are out of hand), but for next year and the year after. I beleive being in a program like NC State is going to unlock a lot for Traore and I expect big things out of him as early as next season.

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Papajohn
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1 year ago

He’s in an interesting situation. He missed summer S&C workouts, summer practice, the Bahamas trip, and may not have joined the team yet for practice. (no pix, not listed on roster) And when he does, he may not get much practice time because of all the guys we have in front of him that need to contribute this season. (Ross, Gantt, Clark, Mahorcic, Ebe, Burns) Traditional thinking would say he should redshirt. However, the decent players don’t stick around for 4 years anymore, the transfer portal looms every spring, NIL inducements, and pro options. As the article suggested, he should… Read more »

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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