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Kevin Keatts travels to California to visit 2024 NC native, McNeil Jr, who had HISTORIC sophomore season

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Paul McNeil Jr (2024) is currently out in Napa, CA, but originally the 6’6 shooting guard was playing his high school ball in Rockingham, NC.

Keatts traveled out to Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, CA to check out McNeil Jr. This tells us a lot.

Keatts is putting in some serious work trying to get a replacement for Terquavion Smith, who is almost surely headed to the NBA after this season.

So far, NC State has shown a lot of interest in 2023 4-star guards Silas Demary Jr, Davin Cosby Jr, and Braelon Green. McNeil can be added to the list, but he’s a 2024 kid, so he wouldn’t be here next season.

Demary Jr and Green are both more suited to be combo guards. They aren’t really shot hunters like Terquavion Smith. So it wouldn’t surprise me for Keatts to take one of those guys for next year and then focus on bringing in McNeil in 2024.

Just watch McNeil Jr in these highlights. He’s big, strong, and super smooth. His jumper has impeccable form and he scores it on all 3 levels, not afraid to stop and pop from mid-range.

McNeil isn’t some unkown kid, either. He’s a big time recruit. He was just the second sophomre in history to win the NC Gatorade Player of the Year. This past summer he was in NC dominating for Garner Road AAU. He finished with 19ppg, 3.3 assists and almost 7 rebounds. And let’s say this again…this is his sophomore summer.

While at Richmond High in Rockingham, NC, McNeil was a beast, averaging 24.5 ppg, almost 10 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.7 steals. You’d think he’d be pretty happy with those results, but it seems he wants more.

“I have so much more to do,” McNeil told Sports Illustrated “I haven’t done anything yet. All of the awards and offers are cool, but I’m too busy working to think about that stuff.”

And NC State is far from the only school involved here. McNeil is also hearing from UNC, Georgetown, Clemson, FSU, Indiana, Ohio State and UCLA.

Give this kid another season and he’ll likley earn that 5th star.

“I’m gunning for the top,” McNeil says. “It keeps me working harder and harder. I want to be the No. 1 player. I think everyone does. I’m not satisfied with anything I’ve done so far because I have so far to go.” (SI.com)

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Sounds like a good one

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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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NC State Recruits that Will Be in Attendance for the UNC Game Tonight

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NC State (11-3) will host #7 UNC (11-3) tonight in PNC Arena, and they also will be hosting a couple of recruiting prospects.

4-Star 2025 Power Forward Sadiq White Jr. and 4-Star 2025 Point Guard Jordan Lowery both confirmed with me that they will be in attendance.



White, who plays for Myers Park (Charlotte) is the consensus #1 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting class, and he’s 4 spots away from being a 5-star prospect according to ON3. Lowery plays for Winston-Salem Christian School, and is ranked as the #7 overall player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting class according to 247Sports.

White holds offers from NC State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, LSU, FSU, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Georgetown, Ohio State and others. Lowery holds offers from NC State, TCU, Virginia Tech, SMU, Oklahoma St., Kansas St. St. Louis and others.

2026 Point Guard Kobe Edwards also told me he will be in attendance.


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NC State is 1 of the Schools 4-Star PG Kayden Mingo is Hearing from the Most

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4-Star 2025 Point Guard Kayden Mingo (6’1″/160) stated that NC State is one of the schools most frequently reaching out to him, along with Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Cal and Old Dominion.

Despite the Wolfpack’s interest in Mingo, they haven’t offered him yet. Mingo currently holds offers from Cal, Penn State, Saint Louis, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Rivals and ESPN both rank Mingo as a 4-Star prospect, with Rivals ranking him as the #70 overall player nationally in the 2025 recruiting class.

Mingo plays for Long Island Lutheran in New York, which is one of the top teams in the country. He is currently the Nike EYBL Scholastic’s leading scorer (20ppg).

 

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Highlights of NC State 2024 Signee Paul McNeil from the John Wall Holiday Invitational

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NC State 2024 signee Paul McNeil Jr. showcased his talent at the 2023 John Wall Holiday Invitational at the end of the year. Below are highlights from his first two games.

In Richmond’s 77-62 win over Jordan in their first game of the invitational, McNeil had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

In Game 2, McNeil had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in Richmond’s 53-56 loss to Northwood.

In Game 3, McNeil had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in Richmond’s 68-84 loss to Cannon. I couldn’t find any highlights from this particular game.

Through 11 games this season, McNeil is averaging 29.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He is shooting 52% from the field and 35% from three.

 

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