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TJ Warren Unable to Go at Start of 2022-23 NBA Season, Will be Re-Evaluated in November

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Former NC State ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren isn’t ready to go for the start of the 2022-23 NBA season, and his foot will be re-evaluated in November.

“T.J. we’re going to assess again in November. He’s doing great, he’s building up. We knew this going in. We also don’t want to take big risks with T.J. He’s been out for two years, so it’s a process that we want to be very confident in and make a firm decision as an organization not to rush him.” – Nets Head Coach Steve Nash (Link)

Warren has been plagued with a foot injury (2 stress fractures in his left foot) that has limited him to only playing 4 games over the past two seasons.

Prior to the the injuries as of late, Tony Buckets averaged a career high 19.8 points, while shooting an impressive 52.9% from the field and 40.3% from three.

The Nets signed Warren to a 1-year “prove it” deal worth $2.63 million. Warren has made $58.23 million through his first 8 seasons, prior to signing this contract.

Warren’s career scoring average of 15.5 points per game is the second highest by a former NC State basketball player, trailing only the legendary David Thompson (22.7).

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Trea Turner Signs 11 Year Contract with Phillies for $300 Million

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner has signed an 11-year contract worth $300 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The deal also includes a full no trade clause.

Turner is now reunited with his former Washington Nationals teammate Bryce Harper for the long haul.

He has been an All-Star selection the past two seasons, and earned his first Silver Slugger Award this year. Last year, Turner hit .298, hit 21 home runs, stole 27 steals, and collected 101 RBI’s and 1o0 Runs.

Turner ranked 2nd in the MLB in hits (194). In 2020 and 2021, Turner led the MLB in hits. In 2021, he led all of baseball in batting average (.328). In 2018 an 2021, Turner led the National League in steals.

Over 8 seasons, Turner boasts a .302 career batting average.

Turner is the best MLB hitter that NC State has ever produced, holding the NC State record for most career Major League Runs, Home Runs, Doubles, RBI’s, Stolen Bases, and Walks.

Also, it probably goes without saying, but this is the largest MLB contract a former NC State baseball player has ever signed.

In celebration of Turner’s monster contract, have fun watching a whole mess of his highlights!

Congrats Trea!

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TJ Warren is Back Baby!

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Tonight, former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren played his first NBA game since December 29, 2020, and HE’S STILL GOT IT!

For the first time as a member of the Nets, Warren stepped on the court.

Tony Buckets came off the bench, and managed to score 10 points (5-11 FG) and grab 4 rebounds in 17 minutes of play in Brooklyn’s 114-105 victory over the Raptors.

 

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Zonovan Knight Makes Jets History in NFL Debut

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Former NC State All-American (Kickoff Returner) and All-ACC Running Back Zonovan Knight made his NFL debut today in the Jets 31-10 victory over the Bears, and in doing so, he made New York history.

Knight had 69 yards on 14 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and had 3 receptions for 34 yards, giving him 103 yards from scrimmage, setting a new Jets record for yards from scrimmage in an NFL debut.

Bam went undrafted earlier this year, but then signed an undrafted free agent deal with New York. He initially made the Jets 53-man roster, but then was waived a few days later to make space for an Offensive Lineman. Two days later, the Jets signed Knight to their Practice Squad, and that’s where he was until he was called up to the 53-man roster on October 25th.

Though Bam has been on the 53-man roster since then, today was the first time that he was Active. This came after Jets Running Back James Robinson was listed as a healthy scratch. When Running Back Michael Carter left the game in the 1st half with an ankle injury, it was Knight’s turn to step in as RB1.

Knight ended up playing 49% of the offensive snaps for the Jets today.

Also, dude was wearing a Scarface sweater for his postgame press conference…serious drip.

Also, Knight made a bet with Jets Running Back Michael Carter, a former Tar Heel, that if NC State beat UNC, he would have to wear an NC State shirt tomorrow to practice. Love it Bam!

Knight might have just made a big enough splash to justify more of an active role with the New York Jets.

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Carlos Rodon Finishes 6th in 2022 National League Cy Young Award Voting

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Earlier this week, the 2022 Cy Young Winners were announced, and former NC State All-American Pitcher Carlos Rodon came in 6th in the National League voting.

Sandy Alcantara, MIA: 30 (first-place votes) – 210 points
Max Fried, ATL: 10 (2nd), 7 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 72 points
Julio Urías, LAD: 7 (2nd), 9 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 66 points
Aaron Nola, PHI: 5 (2nd), 6 (3rd), 4 (4th), 2 (5th) – 48 points
Zac Gallen, ARI: 3 (2nd), 5 (3rd), 6 (4th), 6 (5th) – 45 points
Carlos Rodón, SF: 3 (2nd), 1 (3rd), 4 (4th), 7 (5th) – 30 points
Corbin Burnes, MIL: 1 (2nd), 2 (3rd), 1 (4th), 8 (5th) – 20 points
Yu Darvish, SD: 3 (4th), 1 (5th) – 7 points
Edwin Díaz, NYM: 1 (2nd), 2 (5th) – 6 points
Kyle Wright, ATL: 1 (4th), 1 (5th) – 3 points
Logan Webb, SF: 1 (4th) – 2 points
Ryan Helsley, STL: 1 (5th) – 1 point (MLB)

Rodon finished the 2022 season with a 14-8 record, a 2.88 ERA, 237 strikeouts (179 innings) and a WHIP of 1.03. In the National League, he ranked 6th in ERA, 2nd in K’s, 9th in WHIP and 9th in Wins.

In 2021, Rodon finished 5th in the Cy Young Award voting for the American League.

Rodon is now a Free Agent, and is set to become a very wealthy man after the past two seasons he’s put together.

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