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VIDEO BREAKDOWN: Was BYU 3 point barrage unstoppable, or was NC State’s defense to blame? You decide.

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NC State gave up 14 3-pointers against BYU on Friday night. The Cougars shot 41% from long rage and that barrage was a big reason NC State’s lead slipped in the 2nd half. In fact, BYU shot about 70% from the floor and 60% from 3pt range in the 2nd half, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.

That said, there was a lot of talk about NC State not defending the 3, so we went back and took a look. Some were actually well-defended, others not so much.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

Watch the video above, and then see the notes below on how we see each three being defended.

  1. Decent ‘help and recover’ close out by Diarra.
  2. 4-on-3 break, Diarra forced to choose between ball handler and shooter. Makes right choice, but why is O’Connell not back?
  3. 3-on-2 break. Why is Diarra not back?
  4. Diarra caught on screen. Burns needs to be there to hedge and allow Diarra to recover. Instead, he sinks into the lane.
  5. Jayden Taylor goes for steal on Morsell’s guy, gets out of position, so Morsell switches. Taylor goes back to his man, leaving Morsell’s guy open.
  6. Horne gets ball-screened. Burns needs to hedge up and allow Horne to recover. Instead he sinks into the the lane again.
  7. No one’s fault. Great help side rotation, but great ball movement and screen by BYU.
  8. Jayden Taylor switches with Morsell and assumes his guy is going off the screen, but his guy flares instead. I guess this one is on Taylor, but honestly, it was just a smart read by BYU.
  9. Not really anyone’s fault. Chaos after an offensive rebound.
  10. No one’s fault. Good defense by Diarra. Crazy 3.
  11. Transition 3. Why isn’t O’Connell back?
  12. Not really anyone’s fault. Good help side rotation, just a great find by BYU.
  13. Jayden Taylor late on the switch.
  14. Jayden Taylor loses his man, watching for screen.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, 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.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 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.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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