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Looking to Next Year: 4-Star SF Paul McNeil Jr. Will Make an Instant Impact

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The 2023-24 College Basketball season has come to a close, and NC State fans are riding high after the Wolfpack’s miraculous run to the Final Four.

The Wolfpack will certainly have players transfer out, and others transfer in, but one player we know will be in Raleigh next year is 4-Star 2024 Small Forward Paul McNeil (6’7”/185).

McNeil verbally committed to run with the Wolfpack on February 19th of last year.

ON3 ranks McNeil as the #49 overall player in the 2024 recruiting class, the #15 Small Forward, and the #6 player on the state of NC.

As a Senior at Richmond (Rockingham, NC), McNeil averaged 31.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.6 assists per game.

He led them to the semifinals of the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs, losing to #1 seed New Hanover 55-53.

On January 16th, McNeil scored 71 points in Richmond’s 118-52 win over Lee County, breaking the state record for points scored in a single game that had stood for the past 74 years.

For his career, McNeil scored 2,429 points, which ranks 14th in the history of High School basketball in the state of North Carolina.

McNeil is an absolute bucket, and his stroke from beyond the arc is impressive, making 40% this season. As a Senior this year, McNeil made 110 three-pointers in 30 games. For perspective, DJ Horne just broke NC State’s single-season record, making 105 in 40 games.

To be quite honest, we have no idea what the roster is going to look like come next season, but if the season were to start today, with the players that can return, I wouldn’t be surprised to see McNeil in the starting lineup at the 2 or the 3. If he doesn’t start, he will be an impact player. He’s too good not to be a significant contributor.

 

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 month ago

PackPride.com says: “Quite simply, the 2023-24 team changed the entire trajectory of the Wolfpack program with trophies, nets and banners no one can ever take away”. This is not a given until proven next season. One freak year does not change trajectory unless it is followed by a similar response again. Waiting for next year and the transfer portal results.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 month ago

Can he play defense? That is the question. I can see Woods and Pass transferring. Hopefully MJ Rice and Ross stays and contributes. That would leave three more transfers to fill in the gaps.

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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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