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Terquavion Smith gives an update on his injury

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Last night was awful all around. First off, NC State fell to rival UNC by 11. Secondly, it simply wasn’t a fairly officiated game (UNC went to the free throw line 39 times while NC State only went 12 times), and lastly Terquavion Smith went down hard on a foul and needed to be taken off in a stretcher.

The foul on UNC’s Leaky Black was excessive and warranted a Flagrant 2, which had him ejected from the game. It didn’t seem like Black was trying to hurt Smith, instead it looked like he was going for a block, swung and missed, hitting his head and sending him to the floor hard.

Smith was down for almost 10 minutes with his legs squirming in pain. The good news was that there was movement, however, due to where the injury occured, no one could see much else.

From a few fan views you could see Smith down on the floor, but not moving his upper body, causing a lot of concern for everyone watching.

He was taken off on a stretcher, tied down as if there was a serious neck injury that had occured. It seemed all but certain Smith was lost for the season as NC State confirmed that it was a neck and elbow injury. But most fans weren’t even worried about the season, but more for the future of Smith, who stayed loyal to NC State, postponing what is certain to be a future NBA career.

It was hard to focus on the rest of the game with Smith’s health hanging in the balance, but rumors started to swirl after the game that Smith had avoided the worst.

Then overnight, Smith broke the silence with a tweet of his own.

He also said this on IG…

So, at this point, this is all we know. It seems as if there is no long term neck injury, which was the biggest fear. However, when Smith says he’s ‘fine’ does he mean like fine as in, no injuries that will affect his career, or ‘fine’ as in he’ll be ready to roll Tuesday against Notre Dame?

Either way, this is great news. It looks almost certain Smith will play basketball again, the question now is, when?

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Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

Hope he’s OK. Sounds like he’s gonna be fine.

So, a Flagrant 2 foul on someone’s shot only results in you getting posession after FTs vs a regular shooting foul? Seems like you’d take a couple technical FTs in addition tot he shooting foul FTs.

Lopsided calls on game with UNC allowed to grab arms and stuff, but DJ didn’t do himself any favors, just stop reaching in and reaching over even if it means giving up a few more baskets.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

I think the most important info we got was from his mom, who posted on FB that ‘he’s okay and asking about the score in the game‘. I’m sure she reacted just like my mom would have, and would have screamed loud and long if her son was severely injured.
This one will get added to the long, long list of crap that only happens in UNC games!!

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross announced today that he is entering the Transfer Portal.

 

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Ross played in 14 games this year, 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 the 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.

Ross has one more year of eligibility remaining.

NC State has 3 scholarships available now.

Best of luck Ernest!

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What did the Wolfpack’s Incredible Run to the Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Chris Corchiani?

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What did NC State’s miraculous run to the ACC Championship and Final Four mean to Wolfpack legend Chris Corchiani? I caught up with the man who is still NC State’s all-time leader in Assists and Steals to get his take.

What was it like for you watching NC State go from the #10 seed in the ACC Tournament, to winning the Championship, to going to the Final Four?

Man, it was unreal. They caught lightning in a bottle and it was an absolute amazing run. They were a mediocre team all year that turned into a feared team that nobody wanted to play! To win the ACC championship in 5 days and to get to Final Four…..Wow!!

What did this run say about Kevin Keatts and these players? In what ways did you see them adapt, change or persevere?

Keatts received a lot of criticism for 7 years and after this run is deserving of great praise. I think shortening the lineup to 7-8 guys and doing away with the full court press and playing solid half court defense was a great move that obviously paid huge dividends. He also kept this team together which was not easy as they lost last 7-9 going into the. postseason. The guys also grew confident in their roles and played possessed!

As one of the best players to ever wear the Red & White, what did this run mean to you personally?

This run was something I have dreamed about happening and the fact it was so unexpected made it so much sweeter! To see the students, alums, boosters, and fans get what we all have been waiting for was the best!

What was the most memorable moment for you?

Most memorable for me was going to Final Four with my family and enjoying catching up with old friends, boosters, friends and teammates!

How do you think this run can change things for the NC State Basketball program going forward?

This run gives us momentum in so many ways. Listen, this was good not only for our hoops team but for our University! Hopefully our recruiting will take a big step forward with kids wanting to run with the Pack! A month of free advertising should be Huge for the future of our Men’s and Women’s basketball programs!

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When NC State legend Chris Corchiani left NC State, he not only held the school’s record for career Assists and Steals, but he also was career leader in ACC conference history. His 40.8% career Three-Point Percentage ranks 7th in school history. Corchiani was the first player in NCAA history to have 1,000+ career assists.

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw Puts in a Prediction Georgetown SF Transfer Dontrez Styles will Land at NC State

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw put in an RPM earlier today for Georgetown Small Forward Transfer Dontrez Styles to land at NC State. All-time, Shaw’s prediction accuracy is 87%.

I spoke with a source, and it seems like this prediction has some merit.

ON3 ranks Styles as the #66 overall prospect in the Portal.

Styles was the 2nd leading scorer for Georgetown this season, averaging 12.8 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards. He shot 36.8% from three.

Originally, Sytles was a consensus 4-Star prospect in UNC’s 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #62 overall player nationally, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Kinston High School.

After two seasons with the Tar Heels, Styles entered the Portal, and took an Official Visit to NC State and Georgetown, and ultimately chose the Hoyas.

With his final year of eligibility, maybe he’ll make the right choice this time.

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Tennessee Guard Freddie Dilione V is Visiting NC State Tomorrow

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Tennessee Transfer Guard Freddie Dilone V (6’5″/195) is visiting NC State tomorrow.

Dilone V just wrapped up his Redshirt Freshman season with the Volunteers, averaging 1.7 points in 5.2 minutes of play per game (18 games).

In 2022, Dilone V was a consensus 4-Star prospect, and the #33 overall prospect nationally according to Rivals. ON3 and 247Sports both ranked Dilone V as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina, playing right down the road at Word of God Academy in Raleigh.

Currently, 247Sports ranks Dilone V as the #71 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #10 Combo Guard. He played his first three seasons of high school ball down in Fayetteville at Trinity Christian.

Dilone V has 3 more years of eligibility.

 

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