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4-Star Mady Traore Expected to Suit up for NC State Soon

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4-Star Center/Forward Mady Traore (6’11″/195) committed to NC State late in the recruiting process, back on July 29th, but he hasn’t put on a jersey for the Wolfpack yet.

He chose to run with the Pack over an impressive offer sheet that included Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, LSU, Pitt, Seton Hall, Tennessee, USC, Virginia Tech, Wichita State and others.

Traore is originally from France, and what has kept him from getting on the court thus far has been Visa issues and passing the English competency test.

From what I’m hearing, Traore will be able to start practicing with the team on December 8th, and should be able to play by December 17th.

The Wolfpack find themselves in a different position than they did last year, with depth in the front court. Dusan Mahorcic and DJ Burns have developed a good rotation at the Center position, logging 21.9 and 16.6 minutes per game respectively. Ernest Ross is also getting some run, averaging 9.9 minutes per game, and has also been thrown out there at the 4 with both Mahorcic and Burns. Ebe Dowuona has sparingly seen the court thus far, averaging 2.7 minutes per game. Then there is Greg Gantt, who has battled issues ever since arriving in Raleigh, and has played in only one game thus far, logging 11.5 minutes.

Where would that leave someone like Traore? From what I’m hearing, he could be a guy that could log 5-10 minutes per game.

Traore’s upside is insane. He has a pretty shot, and can shoot the 3. He has handles like a Small Forward, but stands 6’11”, and has a 7’3″ wingspan.

We’ve been excited about Traore ever since he committed, and can’t wait to see him on the court suited up in Red and White.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Rev
Rev
1 year ago

So WTF?. Now he is not coming according to Cory Smith. This is looking like a Fuster Cluck to me.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

I can’t imagine him getting any minutes this season. The 17th is Vanderbilt, and it’s all ACC after that.
Gantt appears to be coming back, and based on what we saw last night, I think he’ll get decent bench minutes. That’s 3 deep at PF (Clark, Ross, Gantt) and at center (Burns, Mahorcic, Dowuona). All of whom are experienced.
Traore should redshirt, but it sounds like he isn’t interested. Which likely means he doesn’t expect to use up his eligibility.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Good to know. I’ve been asking about this kid for quite some time. Thanks for the update, Pack Insider!

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

Its hard to see a true (or should I say ‘cru’) freshman coming in as ACC play starts picking up minutes. But even if he can’t help us this year during games (a big guy in practice is always helpful), he’ll have a big head start on next year.

travelwolf
travelwolf
1 year ago

Kid has unbelievable potential. I just hope some of our players were paying attention in French class…

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NC State & Kansas Will Play a Home-and-Home Series Over the Next 2 Seasons in Men’s Basketball

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According to Matt Norlander, NC State and Kansas have agreed to play in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons in Men’s Basketball.

The Wolfpack have played the Jayhawks 13 times in a series that date backs to 1958-59, with Kansas winning 12 of them. NC State’s lone victory over Kansas was in the first game ever played between the two on December 20th, 1958. The 4th ranked Wolfpack won 66-63 in the Dixie Classic in Reynolds Coliseum.

The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2022-23, when the #3 Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 80-74 in the Battle for Atlantis on November 23, 2022.

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

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. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

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.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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