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NC State 87 Charleston Southern 53: BOX SCORE & INITIAL THOUGHTS

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NC State improved to 3-0 tonight, defeating Charleston Southern 87-53 in PNC Arena.

The Wolfpack have played three games, and there has been a different leading scorer in each one of them. D.J. Burns led the way in Game 1, with 16 points against The Citadel. Jayden Taylor had 22 points in Game 2 against Abilene Christian. Tonight, D.J. Horne led the Pack with 18 points.

Horne shot an efficient 7 of 13 from the field. He also led NC State with 6 rebounds, and chipped in 3 assists and 3 steals as well.

Burns had 16 points on an incredible 6 of 8 shooting. Through 3 games, he is averaging 14.7 points per game, and is shooting 71.4% from the field. Also, D.J. dunked the basketball y’all.

 

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True Freshman Dennis Parker Jr. scored in double figures for the first time in his young career, scoring 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Parker also led NC State in steals with 4, and managed to grab 4 boards as well.

Casey Morsell was the 4th player to score in double figures, with 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting. Morsell was 2 of 3 from beyond the arch.

NC State continued to take care of the basketball, turning the ball over only 6 times, while managing to turn over Charleston Southern 22 times. The Wolfpack once again got to the charity stripe at a good clip, taking 12 more free throws than Charleston Southern. NC State had 5 more offensive boards than the Bucs. The Wolfpack shot 50.8% as a unit, and held Charleston Southern to a poor 39.6%.

This Wolfpack team has the makings of being a defensive force. Holding the Bucs to a measly 53 points is impressive. I’ve already addressed how NC State’s defense held Charleston Southern to 39.6% shooting and forced them to commit 22 turnovers. Sometimes when you are creating turnovers, you’re also putting people on the line, because you’re playing aggressive. That wasn’t the case tonight. Charleston Southern only attempted 11 free throws.

NC State’s next game will be against Vanderbilt on Thanksgiving night at 10pm in Las Vegas.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James Commits to NC State!

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200) has announced his commitment to NC State!

 

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This past year, James averaged 12.6 points per game (3rd on the team) and 5 rebounds. He’s extremely physical and aggressive, taking 47% of his field goal attempts at the rim (making 46%). As a result, he draws a lot of fouls, ranking 10th in the ACC in Fouls Drawn, and 4th in Free Throw Rate. James made opponents pay this year when they put him on the line, making 81.8% from the charity stripe, which ranked 15th in the ACC.

James shot the ball better as a Redshirt Freshman, than he did this past season. His Effective Field Goal Percentage in 2022-23 was 55.8%, which ranked 19th in the ACC, and his True Shooting Percentage of 59.6% ranked 14th.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years.

He does have the ability to knock down a three, making 34.8% for his career.

James has 2 years of eligibility remaining. With James’ commitment, NC State currently has 1 scholarship available for next season.

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill is on a Visit to NC State

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill (6’4″/185) confirmed with me that he is currently on a visit at NC State.

Hill averaged 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Falcons this season. He earned 1st Team All-MAC honors. Even though he was only at Bowling Green one season, he had one of the best seasons in school history, scoring 698 points, which ranks 5th all-time in program history for a single season.

For his first two years of collegiate ball, Hill played for Southern Union State College (JUCO) in Alabama. In 2022-23, Hill earned 3rd Team NJCAA All-American honors, and ranked as the #32 overall Junior College prospect.

247Sports ranks Hill as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #78 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #11 Shooting Guard.

According to a source, the NC State Coaching Staff is extremely high on Hill, and they are recruiting him as a Point Guard.

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.?

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.? The man who won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 gave me a statement.

It means a lot. It means a lot to the university, the state of North Carolina and a lot more to my dad, grandma, and myself. They have been NC State fans since forever, so their excitement level was though the roof when they saw BOTH of our basketball teams shining like that. It was a great feeling!

2017 was Smith Jr.’s only year of College ball, averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors, and obviously, he earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

DSJ was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Smith Jr. just wrapped up his 7th season in the NBA. This was his 1st season with Brooklyn, playing in 56 games for the Nets. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, averaging 18.9 minutes per contest.

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NC State’s DJ Horne Named to Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team

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NC State’s DJ Horne played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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In 3 games, Horne averaged 14.3 points, shooting 41.5% from the field, and 30% from three.

Horne’s Portsmouth Partnership team made it to the finals, but lost to Jani-King 68-75.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual pre-draft camp that has been showcasing College Seniors to professional scouts since 1953.

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