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Missouri Transfer Mohamed Diarra Commits to NC State

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NC State picked up their 5th transfer today. Mohamed Diarra (6’10″/215) committed to run with the Wolfpack today while in Raleigh on an Official Visit.

Diarra originally spent his first two seasons at Garden City Community College, averaging 17.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game in his second season. He landed at Missouri last year, after being rated as the #1 JUCO prospect in the 2022 class according to JucoRecruiting.com.

In his only season at Missouri, Diarra averaged 11.7 minutes per game in 25 games played (6 starts), averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds. Because of the extra year due to Covid, Diarra has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

With news breaking today that Dusan Mahorcic entered the Transfer Portal, the Wolfpack found his replacement. NC State’s frontcourt in 2023-24 currently will be made up of D.J. Burns, Ben Middlebrooks, Mohamed Diarra and Ernest Ross.

Check out these highlights of Diarra.

There is a lot to like in Diarra’s game. He is athletic, can hit a jump shot, put the ball on the floor, can play defense on the perimeter, block shots, and is an aggressive rebounder.

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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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 year ago

Hopefully this doesn’t mean anything, but Morsell and Miranda are testing the NBA waters. I am assuming this is similar to what Smith did last year. However, I would be trying extra hard to get Bradley to commit.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

Completely agree. I heard Bradley visited us, then Memphis, and was going to consider other schools as well. Hopefully we are still working it. It makes sense for Miranda to get NBA feedback. And it seems logical that the advice he’d get would include that he should play at least one year of college ball. He’s never played against tough competition. This is where NIL makes a difference, I think. Pre-NIL, his choice might have been ‘get paid in the G League’ or nothing. Now he can get paid and benefit from a year at school working on his game… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

This crap every year is getting very old. Why can’t the NCAA do for basketball as they have done for football and baseball. You select college, you stay at least three from your high school graduation. One transfer is bad enough but committing and then changing your mind midstream is frustrating for fans as well as coaches.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

Football players can transfer pretty freely.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

That’s true, but at least football and baseball have to stay in college for three years in some compacity (transfer once, transfer and sit out a year, medical red shirt, etc.). I don’t understand how basketball coaches can put up with this mess now. Just look at the number of players recruited and commited to State by KK that didn’t even get there.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

I was worried about the 4 when Clark & Gantt left. Now we have the opposite problem. Where do you play Rice? Unless he’s still recovering from the back issue, he’s too good to sit on the bench. He needs playing time. He’s not a PG, Taylor and Morsell are locked in at the 2 & 3. He could probably backup those positions (but they are already probably 2 deep), but they will be the primary. So he’s got to play the 4. Ross, Diarra, and Miranda also will prefer to play the 4. and backup the 5 as needed.… Read more »

Rev
Rev
1 year ago

The staff was spot on with Burns and Mahorcic (and Clark) last year. Gotta trust their evaluation of both Middlebrooks and Diarra. Adding Rice to that equation makes me feel like we upgraded from Ebe, Gantt, and Clark. Miranda is a wild card that I can’t wait to watch. Both Miranda and D.Parker will benefit from having more experienced guys to bang with in practice.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

I know that’s a highlight reel, and he didn’t play much, but he looks really athletic for 6’10”, hustles, and appears to have good hands. I think he has potential.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Found a box of old LPs and got to thinking about your handle…. Not too many rock bands had a true violinist. PapaJohn Creach played with Hot Tuna in the 70’s. Just wonderin

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Rev

LPs? What are they??? LOL (I used to have over 1,000)
I remember Hot Tuna, they were guys from Jefferson Airplane, right? Can’t recall a hit song. I’ll have to look them up.
Our kids call me Papa, birth certificate says John, then this pizza chain came along and the kids gave me a hat…

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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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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team Produced 2 of the MOST Watched Games of 2023-24, College or Pro

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The Basketball season is officially over, collegiately and professionally. Looking back at the data of viewers for Men’s & Women’s Basketball, as well as the NBA, the NC State Men’s Basketball team played in two of the Top-10 most watched games of the 2023-24 basketball season.

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NC State vs. Duke in the Elite 8 was the 2nd most watched basketball game of the year with 15.1 million viewers, trailing only Iowa vs. South Carolina in the Women’s College National Championship game. The Wolfpack’s game vs. the Boilermakers in the Final 4 ranked 9th, with 11.5 million viewers.

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DJ Burns talks keys to recent weight loss during Pre-Draft Workout with Pacers

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Pack fans have been wondering how after 2 years in Raleigh, DJ Burns finally figured out how to drop weight, and keep it off. He spoke to reporters during his pre-draft workout with the Pacers.

“Playing at the pace we played today. Doing the work we did today. I probably would have left out with a full body cramp a couple months ago.”

“Keep on improving my pace. Adjusting to the level and speed I’m going to have to play at, at all times.”

“Lots of running. Lots of figuring out which foods I can no longer have, which were almost all of them that I liked. So, just finding new ones that I do like that go along with the plan.”

“This is the third (workout), and I actually travel to Milwaukee tomorrow to workout with the Bucks. And then some more stuff being confirmed that I won’t speak on just yet.”

Burns has worked out for the Lakers, Pacers and Hornets up to this point.

Plus more…

Listen to the full interview above.

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DJ Horne reads his new children’s book “Why Not Me? Why Not Us?” to Wake County Students

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DJ Horne was a huge reason NC State overcame the odds to win the ACC Tournament this past season. Now he’s trying to pass on the ‘Why not us!?” psyche to elementary school kids.

Horne was at Jones Dairy Elementary to read his new children’s book “Why not me? Why not us?” to students yesterday.

This is a pretty cool moment for Horne, who attended elementary school in Wake County (Reedy Creek Elementary School). He now gets to go back and tell his story, in hopes of inspiring the next generation.

The book is based loosely on his life growing up, and the adversity he overcame to become a champion.

Pick up the book today at Amazon.

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