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4-Star Isaiah Miranda Commits to NC State, & Can Play Almost Immediately

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NC State just picked up a commitment from 4-Star Forward/Center Isaiah Miranda (7’1″/225), who was the highest ranked uncommitted player in the 2023 recruiting class.

What makes this commitment all the more interesting is the fact that Miranda will be arriving on campus on Monday, and will be able to start practicing with the team right away. The reason this is possible, is because Miranda already graduated high school, and has been prepping a year at Southern California Academy. He is able to play for the Wolfpack after December 15th.

Instead of finishing out a full prep year, Miranda decided to go ahead and make an impact at the collegiate level during the 2nd semester.

“I have a personal commitment to work and they have a culture of work,” Miranda said. “Coach Keatts and his staff have a great history of developing pros and I fit into their playing style because they’re fast paced, they have a lot of pick-and-roll action, and play great defense.”

How is this scholarship available? Well, Miranda is taking the scholarship that was available for 4-star 2022 commitment Mady Traore, who has been delayed from arriving on campus due to visa issues and passing the english competency test.

Traore would have arrived on campus around the same time Miranda will be arriving, but the emergence of Miranda’s interest in NC State shifted things. From what I’m hearing, the plan is still for Traore to join the Wolfpack, albeit in April now.

The arrival of Miranda couldn’t come at a more opportune time, with Dusan Mahorcic suffering a knee injury last night.

ON3 ranks Miranda as the #16 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class.

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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Rev
Rev
1 year ago

I am still holding out for THREE PARKERS.

WolvesEatMeat
WolvesEatMeat
1 year ago

All the Keatts haters on Packpride will be nuclear…

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  WolvesEatMeat

Icing on this ‘good news’ cake

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

This is perhaps the strangest turn of events I can recall in Pack basketball. Terrible turn of events one night, and the next day we sign the highest ranked player Keatts has ever signed – and he can play , and maybe even contribute, immediately.

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

I agree. This is as weird as a Hunter S. Thompson acid trip. I am still hoping Mahoric returns by Feb ala Whittenburg back in the day. I am pleased that we have a great recruit (rumored to be in school so that he will be eligible for the NBA draft in 2023). I am concerned that we lost a veteran who meshed well with the other players.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

I can’t think of a more unexpected thing to happen. I wonder of this would have happenned anyhow without a Dusan injury. I assume so.

We can’t expect him to be ready to contribute a lot, looks pretty raw and that jumper starts at his stomach, Archie Miller could block that.

Still, excited about his overall potential and you can’t teach 7 foot. He’ll be a big asset on the practice floor at a minimum.

Last edited 1 year ago by Dof87
Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

Somebody said he committed a week ago, just waited to announce.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

Mady Traore is why this is happening. Traore may suit up next season. Interesting, dare I say, exciting turn of events??? Only have to wait till the 15th to see him play. Crazy!

Pack Insider Staff
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1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

This was in the works before Dusan went down. Had Miranda fallen through Traore could have joined in late December. Now it will be April for Traore.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Ah, got it. Thanks!

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill is on a Visit to NC State

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill (6’4″/185) confirmed with me that he is currently on a visit at NC State.

Hill averaged 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Falcons this season. He earned 1st Team All-MAC honors. Even though he was only at Bowling Green one season, he had one of the best seasons in school history, scoring 698 points, which ranks 5th all-time in program history for a single season.

For his first two years of collegiate ball, Hill played for Southern Union State College (JUCO) in Alabama. In 2022-23, Hill earned 3rd Team NJCAA All-American honors, and ranked as the #32 overall Junior College prospect.

247Sports ranks Hill as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #78 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #11 Shooting Guard.

According to a source, the NC State Coaching Staff is extremely high on Hill, and they are recruiting him as a Point Guard.

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.?

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.? The man who won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 gave me a statement.

It means a lot. It means a lot to the university, the state of North Carolina and a lot more to my dad, grandma, and myself. They have been NC State fans since forever, so their excitement level was though the roof when they saw BOTH of our basketball teams shining like that. It was a great feeling!

2017 was Smith Jr.’s only year of College ball, averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors, and obviously, he earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

DSJ was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Smith Jr. just wrapped up his 7th season in the NBA. This was his 1st season with Brooklyn, playing in 56 games for the Nets. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, averaging 18.9 minutes per contest.

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NC State’s DJ Horne Named to Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team

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NC State’s DJ Horne played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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In 3 games, Horne averaged 14.3 points, shooting 41.5% from the field, and 30% from three.

Horne’s Portsmouth Partnership team made it to the finals, but lost to Jani-King 68-75.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual pre-draft camp that has been showcasing College Seniors to professional scouts since 1953.

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NC State Has Shown Interest in Utah Guard Transfer Deivon Smith

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NC State has reached out to Utah Transfer Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/173).

Smith filled up the stat sheet every game this year, averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds, shooting 46.7% from the field and 40.8% from three for Utah. He earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention this season. Smith had 8 double-doubles and 1 triple-double this year.

Wherever Smith lands, this will be his 4th college. He started at Mississippi St., starting in 8 of the 33 games he played in, averaging 22.5 minutes per game. Smith went on to spend his next two seasons at Georgia Tech. Year 1 in Atlanta, Smith started in 5 of the 24 games he played in, averaging 19.7 minutes per game. In Year 2, he carved out more of a role, starting in 13 of the 24 games he played in for the Yellow Jackets, averaging a career high 24.8 minutes per game.

At Utah this year, Smith broke out and had a career year in every possible way.

NC State is familiar with Smith, offering him back when he was a 4-Star prospect out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. Rivals ranked Smith as the #53 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #5 player in the state of Georgia. 247Sports ranked him as the #11 Point Guard in his class.

 

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