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4-Star Dennis Parker Talks Commitment to NC State: PI EXCLUSIVE

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4-Star 2023 Small Forward Dennis Parker committed to NC State yesterday. I caught up with Parker to get his take on his verbal commitment.

“I worked hard for this. I wasn’t always as versatile as I am now. In the 8th grade I was playing the 5, and 4 sometimes, at Center. I knew I couldn’t go to college at that height playing Center, so I had to work really hard the past 4 years to get where I’m at today.”

“I let them [NC State] know Monday that I was going to come down, but we kept it on the low until today. Coach Keatts was texting me while I was on stage before I made the announcement. Some silly stuff. He has a crazy sense of humor. You wouldn’t even expect it either.” 

“Coach Keatts had called my head coach at John Marshall [when they offered after his freshman season], because he couldn’t directly call me. My head coach called my dad, and merged us in. He offered me and talked with us on the phone for a good 30 minutes, telling me how much they really like my game and that he would stay in contact.”

“They told me what they would do, and what their plan was, and they stuck to that plan, if I was to come there. They stayed in contact. They showed up to most of my games this AAU season. Even when they were losing last year, they were staying in contact with me, saying that they needed me.” 

“He [Keatts] said he had to go harder for me, because I’m one of his Virginia boys.”

“Growing up, I really loved to watch Cat Barber. Before I even knew who NC State was, I loved to watch Cat Barber [from Virginia as well]. I liked Dennis Smith too when he came through. He was one of my favorites coming out of high school. I was like wow, the fact that I’m going there, maybe I can follow in his footsteps.”

“They can see me coming in and making an immediate impact as a Freshman. They think I can play 1-3, and guard 1-4. They see me as a very versatile Point Guard/Shooting Guard, who can pass, shoot and finish at the rim.” 

“I would say I’m a true Guard, because I have a pass first mindset. I would say I’m a Shooting Guard.” 

“I see a lot of similarities between me and Dereon Seabron. We love getting to the basket, drawing two and kicking to the corner. I love finishing at the basket as much as he does. I’m happy for him, because he’s in New Orleans now.” 

“I just want to go out with a bang. I want to win. After I committed, we had a little ring ceremony, for out state championship, so I want to get another one of those. I would have run it back 4 times, if they let me get my Covid year back [they won the state championship his Freshman year, and his Sophomore year was cancelled due to Covid.].” 

“When the rankings came out this summer, I felt disrespected, but it’s nothing but encouragement and motivation for me. That’s how I take it. Pushes me to get better.” 

You can check out highlights of Parker in his VIDEO VAULT her.

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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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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