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Players in the Transfer Portal that Have Heard from NC State

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With the conclusion of the NC State Men’s Basketball season, it’s now time to turn our attention to Transfer Portal.

NC State already picked up a commitment from Louisville Transfer Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, who 247Sports ranks as the #23 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

Here’s a look at some players in the Portal that have heard from NC State:

Adou Thiero

Kentucky Transfer Guard Adou Thiero (6’6″/200) has been contacted by NC State.

Thiero averaged 7.2 points and 5 rebounds for the Wildcats this past season, shooting 49.2% from the field.

247Sports ranks Thiero as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #15 overall player in the Portal.

Thiero has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Marcus Hill

Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill (6’4″/185) has heard from NC State.

Hill averaged 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Falcons this season.

247Sports ranks Hill as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #49 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #10 Shooting Guard.

Hill has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

Keyshawn Hall 

Junior George Mason Transfer Forward Keyshawn Hall (6’7″/230) has been contacted by NC State.

Hall has also declared for the 2024 NBA Draft, with the option to return to college, heading somewhere else via the Transfer Portal.

This past season, Hall averaged 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Patriots, shooting 47.4% from the field, and 35.7% from three.

247Sports ranks Hall as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #58 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

Hall has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Shakeel Moore

Former NC State Guard Shakeel Moore (6’1″/180), is now transferring from Mississippi St., and he has heard from the Wolfpack.

After playing his first season in Raleigh, Moore has spent the past three seasons at Mississippi St., where he has started in 66 of the 99 games he has played in for the Bulldogs.

This past season, Moore averaged 7.9 points per game, shooting 36.3% from three.

ON3 ranks Moore as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #148 overall player in the Portal.

Moore has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

Quadir Copeland

Syracuse Transfer Junior Guard Quadir Copeland (6’6″/203) has heard from the Wolfpack.

This past season, Copeland averaged 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Orange, shooting 47.8% from the field. On February 20th, Copeland had his best performance of the season against NC State, scoring a season-high 25 points. He also had 8 boards.

Rivals ranked Copeland as a 4-star prospect, and the #99 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class.

Currently, ON3 ranks Copeland as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #144 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

Copeland has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Zarique Nutter

Norther Illinois Transfer Guard Zaruque Nutter (6’7″/200) has been contacted by NC State.

Nutter averaged 15.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season for the Huskies, shooting 47.8% from the field.

Coming out of High School, Nutter was a 3-Star prospect according to 247Sports, and the #16 overall player in the state of Arizona in the 2021 recruiting class.

ON3 ranks him as a 3-Star Transfer Prospect.

He has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

Derrick Butler

Central Michigan Transfer Guard Derrick Butler (6’2″/195) has heard from NC State.

This past season, Butler averaged 10.7 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Chippewas, shooting 41.6% from three.

Butler is a 3-Star Transfer Prospect according to ON3.

He has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

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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Dof87
Dof87
1 month ago

Thanks for this portal update. Seems like KK can be a bit more picky this year.

Rev
Rev
1 month ago
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A luxury for sure. I like Nutter’s size and name. Butler’s 3 pt percentage is exciting. But we need a shooter who is willing to play defense. Horne, O Connell, Morrell, and Taylor may have been the best defensive backcourt in Wolfpack history. Underappreciated

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NC State & Kansas Will Play a Home-and-Home Series Over the Next 2 Seasons in Men’s Basketball

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According to Matt Norlander, NC State and Kansas have agreed to play in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons in Men’s Basketball.

The Wolfpack have played the Jayhawks 13 times in a series that date backs to 1958-59, with Kansas winning 12 of them. NC State’s lone victory over Kansas was in the first game ever played between the two on December 20th, 1958. The 4th ranked Wolfpack won 66-63 in the Dixie Classic in Reynolds Coliseum.

The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2022-23, when the #3 Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 80-74 in the Battle for Atlantis on November 23, 2022.

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

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. 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 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.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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