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NC State lands combo guard DJ Horne from the portal

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With Jarkell Joiner graduating and Terquavion Smith heading to the NBA, NC State needed to replace their guards.

Last week, they landed Butler’s Jayden Taylor to slot in at SG, and today they landed DJ Horne, a 6’1 combo guard, who will likely slot in at the point.

Horne is from Cary, NC so this was really a ‘come home and play in front of friends and family’ sell from NC State. He’s coming from Arizona State where he averaged 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season. Horn shot 35.5% from long range as well.

Watching some DJ Horne you will surely get some Jarkell Joiner vibes. He was tied for the second-leading scorer on the Sun Devils roster last year and is a true combo guard. This was just like Joiner, who was listed as a PG, but really was more of a scoring guard at Ole Miss. In fact, Joiner’s highest assist average in his college career was 2.3 before last season. Horne’s highest is 2.7 during his sophomore year.

I believe at this point, Horne is your starting PG. Some analysts think the Pack is still in the market for a true PG, and maybe they are, but Horne wouldn’t be much different, in terms of style, than Joiner was last year at the point. Horne’s handle is more than fine for what Keatts would be asking of him, and he is pretty slippery on the drive. I think

Horne and Taylor give the Pack a very good scoring backcourt, with good size, and while it might seem like there is no way to replicate last years backcourt, they really only shot 3% better combined from the field than the two new additions and 1% better combined from 3 point range.

Horne is a much needed addition for the Pack, but to truly improve from last year, they’re going to need someone who can distribute the basketball. They are losing 4.1 assists per game from Smith and 3.6 per game from Joiner. Horne dished out 2.3 last year and Taylor just 1.3. State fans do not want to see another team that just isolates and shoots. They want to see team basketball, and right now unless Horne wants to come in and show off a different side of his game, the Pack is a true PG away from being able to play that way.

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Papajohn
Papajohn
11 months ago

Saw an article saying we’re in the mix for Jaden Bradley. (although we do have our quota of Jaydens) He’s a 5 star, pass-first PG from Concord that played one season at Bama. Sounds too good to be true. And we might have backed off after Horne signed.
Not sure how we could fit him into the scholarship mix.

Dof87
Dof87
11 months ago

I’m hoping LJ and Breon stick around and can deliver those missing assists. We need guards that can draw fouls as well.

If Miranda can score inside, and maybe another PF, maybe we can generate more assists through them.

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Rev
Rev
11 months ago
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Yes! I thought LJ played with a lot of poise for a freshman. I hope he stays too. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins a starting role. On the other hand, I am glad Horne is a great addition. Having three people who can bring the ball up the court and start the offense is good insurance against fouls and, God forbid injuries. So we lost two guards (I really hope Morsell comes back) and now we have two transfers and a freshman coming in. Even with Miranda stepping up, we need another bruising big (or two)… Read more »

Papajohn
Papajohn
11 months ago
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Last year the only transfer I was truly excited about was the Big South Player of the year, Burns. Joiner was a CG brought in to play point – did not have good assist numbers, Clark was too skinny to fight for the tough boards and his 3PT % was in the high 20s, and Mahorcic was a total unknown having only played 13 games at Utah. And none of those three were highly sought after HS recruits. And then, when the season started, those three started and Burns didn’t. And it worked well. You just never know. But I… Read more »

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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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