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ESPN Bracketology has NC State as a rising 7 seed in NCAA Tournament

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ESPN Bracketology really doesn’t mean much at this point in the season, but it’s always interesting to follow along, and see what the “experts” think of your resume.

In the most recent version, ESPN Analyst Joe Lunardi has NC State as a 7th seed, facing off against Indiana (a 10 seed).

 

Lunardi has 7 ACC making the cut. NC State, Virginia, Clemson, UNC, Pitt, Miami, and Duke. Obviously, UNC and Duke are getting boosted a bit thanks to their name, because Wake Forest is being left off of this list, and they are 6-2 in the conference (tied for 2nd place) and have beaten both Duke and Clemson. Acutally, Wake is even being placed below Virginia Tech, who they have listed at the 2nd 4 out.

There is so much season left to be played, so these predictions are basically meaningless, but it’s good to see that Keatts has the Wolfpack within striking distance at this point in the season.

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Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Maybe EB wasn’t able to play due to some sort of disciplinary actions. He didn’t make the trip which makes me believe it was more that than any injury.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

I am pretty sure I read that Ebe was sick. Contagious? Levi Watkins also stayed home. On another note, was Clark dressed or just wearing warmups?

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

We are looking like we could be a dangerous tourney team, in particular if we can get everyone healthy.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

That’s exactly what I’m saying. I’m watching, still with my critical lens on the Wolfpack, and just thinking to myself, imagine if we were at full power. And then laughing at that comment “full power”. Like as if, the product on screen needs more power. I do think it will be interesting to see what happens when Clark and Dusan are back. Also, what happened with EB? Is he injured now?

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

On that note, I don’t think we’re anywhere near perfect–I just like our trajection and believe we are rounding out into a solid basketball team with the workings of a good defensive foundation and potent offense that hasn’t even reached its peak yet.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward/Center Ernest Ross
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.
Guard/Forward MJ Rice

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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NC State Lands a Commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team has landed a commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215).

 

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Below is a translation of the post:

2022. The year the Rouge et Or welcomed me to its great team at Laval University. I have deep gratitude to the Rouge et Or organization for supporting and encouraging me over the past two years. Laval will have had a significant influence in my sporting and academic progress.

And ending with a victory at Nationals, those moments were unforgettable. Thanks once again to the fans who have encouraged us all these seasons.

A new project now calls me to North Carolina, where I will continue my studies while wearing the uniform of NC State University.

I would like to thank the team for the rigorous work in each training and each match, I wish you only the best for your next seasons.

Ishmael

Diouf played collegiate ball at Laval in Quebec City.

This past season, Diouf averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for Laval, and then went on to average 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in the Final 8 Tournament, where the Victors won the National Championship. Diouf earned the MVP title in the Tournament.

According to a source, this recruitment was kept under wraps because several Big Ten schools were getting involved. Wolfpack Assistant Coach Levi Watkins ran point on Diouf’s recruitment.

While NC State is out of scholarships, in the world of NIL, funds are available to make this happen.

Diouf has 2-years of eligibility remaining. He was the #1 Draft Pick this year in CEBL, but didn’t sign with the team, making him eligible to still play college ball.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball is Tied for the 20th Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

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According to College Basketball Report, NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is tied for the 20th most NCAA Tournament wins since 2020.

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Yes, I’m fully aware that all 4 of those wins took place in this years NCAA Tournament, but I don’t care. STATS ARE STATS!

ACC Teams with the Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

1. Duke – 8
2. UNC – 7
2. Miami – 7
4. NC State – 4
5. Clemson – 3

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