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D.J. Burns is OFFICIALLY BACK!

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Well, it’s OFFICIAL. D.J Burns will be returning to NC State for his final year of collegiate eligibility!

 

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This confirms everything I’d been hearing about the return of Burns. Burns was the key to the Wolfpack offense running effectively this past year. He averaged 12.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2022-23, but he elevated his game in ACC play, averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in conference games.

Burns is celebrating his return to run with the Wolfpack by dropping his own Big 30 merch. Go over and snag something.

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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Papajohn
Papajohn
11 months ago

O’Connell is on campus (6/22) and Woods will be there Monday. (6/26)

Papajohn
Papajohn
11 months ago

Do we have a final roster yet???? My understanding is that everyone is on campus and participating in the workouts except Woods and O’Connell. Woods just signed and in his interview said he is definitely planning to be here for second summer session, which starts June 26. (For grins, someone on the PP board predicted that “if Woods gets the wavier, I predict he’ll be starting by mid season.”) Now that sports betting is legal, I’ll bet he doesn’t get that wavier. I heard O’Connell was 22 credits away from graduating and was going to try to get it done… Read more »

Last edited 11 months ago by Papajohn
Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Well, that didn’t take too long. Welcome to the Pack, Kam Woods!!!

Last edited 1 year ago by Afterglow
Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

NC State 2023 signee Trey Parker reclassifying to 2024. Heard this one before.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

You wonder if he was going to be able to get minutes. If so, where? We have 4 guards who are seasoned starters on P6 teams, (Morsell (started 70 games), Horne (107), Taylor (42), O’Connell (76)) Rice is KK’s top recruit ever, you know he’s going to get every opportunity for minutes at the 2, 3, or 4, and will likely start eventually if he’s as good as his clippings say. And if Thomas continues last season’s trajectory, he’ll get plenty of minutes as well, I hope. The harsh reality is, you never can predict accurately, but we probably already… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

I admit it, I am not a Celtics fan. To me, they are the UNC of the NBA.
So I am really enjoying their series against the Heat. Making it even better is seeing former Pack players Caleb Martin and Omar Yurtseven playing for the Heat. Caleb played 35 minutes and scored 18 pts yesterday.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

With Casey back, the five returning players should be locked inFreshman Dennis Parker Jr is on campusTransfers Taylor, Horne, Middlebrooks and Rice are on campusO’Connell has 22 credits to complete his econ degree this summer, so he’ll probably be at Stanford all summerNot sure about Diarra, but transfers usually show upWill Trey Parker show up? No reason to think he won’t, but it’s happened before. He’s a heck of a talent. I think that’s our only question mark

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Isn’t about time for Joey’s rant on how good, or bad, the new Pack basketball lineup is?

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Yep. It’s been too quiet. Also, in other news, Morsell is back for his senior year. Great news in my opinion. I can see him really blooming into a quiet yet powerful player next season.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Casey had career highs in almost every major category last season. I agree, he should have a really good year. I’d like to see him get more aggressive at creating his own shot.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

moved

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

O’Connell signed! We’ve got our point guard. He’s played three seasons, so should have two if he wants them.
Outstanding get for the team. Not a big scorer, but we are loaded with scorers, we just needed someone to lead the team.
He’s started 76 games at Stanford, so will be one of the most experienced players on the team, only behind Burns, Morsell, and Horne. Just what you need in a PG.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

NICE! I was hoping for that sort of news. YEEEEEESSSSSSSS!

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

3.1 assists on just under 26 mpg. Considering the fact a game is 40 minutes, those numbers could go up.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

I think you are absolutely right, he’ll get more minutes at a faster pace which should result in his assist numbers rising. And he’s got a big man in the middle with outstanding hands who will score on 50+% of his attempts.
A younger PG might need time to adapt to the speed of the college game, or the physicality, but O’Connell shouldn’t have that problem.

SorryIamafan
SorryIamafan
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

We have eight guards. What are we going to do, have two shifts of four guards and one center. We needed small and power forwards. But now we have two tokens instead of one.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  SorryIamafan

Not sure I’m following you.
We have three guys who call themselves PG, O’Connell, Thomas and Pass.
We have two guys who are definitely centers, Burns and Middlebrooks.
We have two big guys that see themselves as PF, Ross and Dialla.
Then we have Horne, Taylor, Morsell, Rice, Parker, and Parker to play the SG & SF.
And then we have lots of flexibility to swap in and out across the SG, SF, and PF depending on the matchup and who’s playing well.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Don’t follow either. I think we have all the pieces now. A point guard was what we’re were looking for and point guard is what we got.

SorryIamafan
SorryIamafan
1 year ago

Better try to get the kid out of Tennessee (Phillips – small forward to replace no one in particular).

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

And… Isaiah Miranda enters the transfer portal. SMH!!! Can we get one stinking break!!!!!!!!!!

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

I was disappointed too, but all the evidence makes you wonder how good he was. He never got into a game, even with the walk-ons? His HS rank would make you assume he had to be better than Ebe, but when Dusan went down, Ebe was the backup. Weird. Obviously, he isn’t going pro, we’ll see what he does elsewhere. He certainly looked athletic for a 7′ player during warmups. But, we have a chance to get a real PG. Let’s see if the staff can find someone. I’ll bet the staff has been working on this since Bradley fell… Read more »

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

Good points. I would have thought we would have seen some playing time from him and nothing. I kept waiting. Maybe this will make more sense as time goes on, or maybe this will be the one that got away.

While I don’t think having Miranda was stopping us (because we obviously still had a scholarship left) unless I’m missing something, I do agree, let’s go grab us a good point guard! Honestly, I think that’s going to be the difference maker. Get me a good point guard and I’ll be like, Miranda who?

Last edited 1 year ago by Afterglow
Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Sound as if you’re right, Papajohn. We now have one remaining scholarship and we are looking for a point guard, according to PackPride VIP. Still think something would have opened up somehow had Miranda not transferred. Seems like it should have once Dusan left.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Rumor has it we are trying to lock down a kid named Michael O’Connell from Stanford. Three years playing Pac12 competition would be welcome. He was their starting PG last season, started 28 games. Not a big scorer, only 5.2 ppg, but 3.1 apg, 13 games with 4 or more assists, and 12 assists in one game.

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
SorryIamafan
SorryIamafan
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Yeah, like try playing with 5 guards and see where are get. No where is my answer. We need small and power forwards on this team and try something besides high pick and roll every time down the court.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  SorryIamafan

I think one of the reasons we play high pick and roll and a lot of iso is because KK’s offense works best under a team that has a formidable point guard. Look no further than when he had Markell Johnson. That is why we need a point guard. In my opinion, we have all the other parts.

SorryIamafan
SorryIamafan
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Not with KK as coach. Look at all the players that he has recruited that never stepped on the court.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

We have ramped up our pursuit of a guard in the 24 hours since Bradley signed. Shemarri Allen, and Kyron Gibson are on our radar. I get the feeling the staff knows they are going to have a scholarship to give. With Bradley, I thought if someone with his potential decided to sign, we’d figure it out and make it work. But now it feels more like we’re looking for a PG, and filling a scholarship that has yet to open up. Allen grew up in NC. Only one year eligible. Made league All Defensive team last season. Gibson is… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Interesting. I do get the sense we are not done and PG is our main focus.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Well? Guess that ends that debate. Arizona lands Bradley.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

That reinforces my theory that the last place they visit frequently seals the deal.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Memphis’ Tiger’s Basketball Insider has an article titled, “Should Memphis be worried Jaden Bradley might soon commit elsewhere?” Can’t access the article but found it interesting. I know Arizona has been in the mix, so there’s that.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

PackPride has some intel on Jaden Bradley on “Hoop Scoop” but it’s VIP. My guess is, if it were anything big, we’d know more.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago

Two points: First Yes we absolutely need a point guard. Joiner showed that the “coach on the floor” is the key to success even with veterans playing. I think Bradley is working with his accountants and publicists to coordinate his announcement with Memphis and Hardaway. Second: There will always be a contingent of State “fans” who are Keatts haters. A couple of guys that were regulars here still show up on other sites with truly venomous remarks about Keatts and even our own players. I try not to respond but the temptation is there. FINALLY: I miss Howler. Hope he… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 year ago

Great, now get in the best shape you can. It was obvious that playing in Denver did not helping your pro stock.

SorryIamafan
SorryIamafan
1 year ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

He could hardly breathe after two trips up and back.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Okay, just so you know, I’m OFFICIALLY BACK!!
I’ve renewed my WPC membership and bought my season tickets.

(I guess announcing you’re back is a thing now – or maybe only if you are a grad)

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Would have been cool if all of his merch sold for ‘big $30’.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Good to hear. I do wonder if he’s going to stick with what’s working or if he’s going to try more of a body transformation.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Body Transformation…good idea. I doubt a lot will change in his game but slimming down and getting in better physical condition would improve his game. really glad he is back. For some reason, I never doubted he would once I found out he had another year of eligibility.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Word is he’s lost 20 lbs so far this off season. Which is about the amount Miranda supposedly has gained.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

Cool! I really like the idea of a weight exchange program. Works well for both parties.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Can I give some my weight to Miranda as well?

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

He looks slimmer in the latest pictures.
Last season after a road win when he was asked about getting ice cream he said he wasn’t interested. So he was probably focusing on his diet even then, because I don’t believe anyone dislikes ice cream.
He’s a smart guy. He knows this is his last season to market himself for that future employer. And he knows we are now “Levi’s House O’ Bigs” so guys are going to be fighting for minutes. Both really good reasons to work hard this offseason.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Smart indeed. I can’t wait to see this transformation.

On a totally different note, I can’t believe we haven’t heard anything-one way or another-from Jaden Bradley. Not that I think he’s coming her but more that there’s been nary a peep from him on what his plans are. Usually there’s a visit, or someone with some inside news that points the way things are trending but the word on Bradley has been crickets.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Teams are probably trying to get the funds together to pay for him. Every State fan should start a GO FUND BRADLEY site. Horner, and Morsell are surely gone after next year. If Rice has a great year, he will be gone also. The two young recruits are labelled as shooting guards. We need him for the long haul.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

I’m less enthusiastic about Bradley as time goes on. I wonder if he’s either too much concerned about max NIL, or just doesn’t know what he wants. Maybe he’s just taking his time evaluating all options, but its not like he doesn’t already have a range of options. He does carry some off court baggage, deserved or not.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

Agree, you don’t hear about many players visiting multiple places and then weeks later announcing, ‘having visited 25 schools and carefully analyzing my options and consulting my tax accountants, I have decided to commit to a school I visited many weeks ago.’
Diarra was exceptionally quick, but it seems like if you don’t get them within a week of the OV, you don’t get them.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

All fair points. Just think we need a point guard.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Also, I don’t feel like he’s necessarily visiting a ton of schools. It’s just been real quiet. We heard about his visit to Memphis and now, there’s been nothing, not a sound. It feels to me like whatever decision he’s made he’s keeping it quiet.

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

We absolutely need a PG! All those bigs, and DJ is probably the only one that can get himself a shot. Casey is a ‘catch and shoot’ guy. This team is a good PG away from being really good, at least on paper. However, unfortunately I suspect KK has given up on bringing one in. If not, why haven’t we seen other PGs on official visits? I’ll bet Diarra’s scholly was targeted for Bradley and when they sensed he was not going to happen, they went to plan B. (or ‘D’ in this case) And, should I be wrong and… Read more »

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

I somehow don’t think Bradley is off the table.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Hope you are correct! 🤞🙏

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

News but Not News Because I’m No Expert

I noticed one interesting development and not sure if one can read the tea leaves from this but, Ty-Laur Johnson, #14-point guard in the Class of 2023 by 247 Sports and #83 player over all by ESPN, decommitted from Memphis. We also recruited Ty-Laur Johnson, and during that time of recruitment, he had a “High” level of interest in N.C. State.

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

Decent top 5 list of schools recruiting him, Memphis, Creighton, DePaul, Miss St, and us.
Wonder if that would mess up our relationship with Jaeden Mustaf (2024, top 30, 6’6″ PG – friends with signee Paul McNeil Jr), we’re on his short list.
Recruiting is brutal.

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

Yeah, I would imagine any PG this year may challenge a recruit for next year. Unless we get a one and done, I’m not sure the alternative of playing without a point guard this year in hopes of nabbing someone good next year is a good one.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Saw an article on FB on the top remaining transfers, it included Bradley and said we were still in the mix for him.
I tried to paste the link but the PI app wouldn’t allow it. But that was about all it said. Memphis & Ariz also in play.

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Get the money ready and go get him. Possible 3 years of a good point guard would be nice.

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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NC State’s Career 3-Point Leader Scott Wood Named Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton

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Former NC State 3-Point Specialist Scott Wood (2009-13) has been named the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Wood holds the school record for most games played (138), games started (136), career minutes (4,318) and career 3-point field goals (334).

After graduating NC State, Wood went on to play professional ball overseas for 6 seasons (2013-2020), playing in Spain (3 years), Turkey, France & Montenegro. He also played one year (2016-17) in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 2017, he won the 3-Point Competition at the G-League’s All-Star Weekend.

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