Wolfpack Pressing For C.J. Leslie

April 4, 2010

Do the NC State Wolfpack have a shot at C.J. Leslie (SF, 6’9″, 2010)? Recently it seemed that Leslie had trimmed his list to just two schools, NC State and Kentucky, but at the McDonald’s All American game this week he said that he still is considering Florida as well and has no leaders.

Current Pack star post player Tracy Smith is doing his best to bring Leslie into the ACC, though:

Smith was asked if he is putting a press to keep CJ Leslie in Raleigh, “That’s what I am trying to do right now, I’m trying to get CJ. If we get CJ, we are going to have an all-star team. I mean Ryan (Harrow) and Lorenzo (Brown) we’re going to have a good team next year.”

Leslie says he will decide after the Jordan Brand all star game, and he may not be done with his visits.


Luke Cothron No Longer Committed to NC State

March 18, 2010

So one player that everyone thought had made his college choice has changed his mind. Luke Cothron (PF, 6’8″, 2010) a post player who can shoot from outside, had committed to NC State back in October of 2009. But now he says he’s no longer committed to the Wolfpack, in a move that took everyone, even his high school coach, by surprise.

It’s unclear why Colthon decided to re-open his recruitment or which teams he might now be considering. NC State seemed like a good fit for Colthon, but with such a big decision, it’s understandable if players sometimes rethink their plans.

Colthon is a post player but will need to add interior scoring and work on his paint game in order to be effective for the Pack, but his size and shooting ability are certainly attractive.

Here’s some video of Luke Cothron from the Boo Williams:


Look Ahead: 2011 ACC Basketball Recruiting

March 14, 2010

With the 2010 class getting finalized over the next couple of months, we turn our attention to the 2011 classes for ACC teams. UNC has the top rated recruit that has committed to an ACC team with James McAdoo (PF, 6’8″, 2011), a big forward that plays in the paint, rebounds well and runs the floor. UNC is also competing for Adonis Thomas (SF, 6’6″, 2011).

Wake Forest, Duke, NC State and Miami are all recruiting Quincy Miller (PF, 6’8″, 2011), and I should have some new video of Miller soon.

Duke’s landing of Michael Gbinije (SF, 6’6″, 2011) just a couple of days ago has started their 2011 class with a solid wing.

UNC and Miami are both in the mix for Norvele Pelle (PF, 6’8″, 2011), and UNC has gotten a commit from P.J. Hairston (SG, 6’5″, 2011), who attended the same high school as current Tar Heel Will Graves and former UNC big man Brendan Haywood.

Virginia Tech has a top player already on board with C.J. Barksdale (PF, 6’7″, 2011) who picked the Hokies over Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Wake Forest and Florida.

Wake Forest, Charlotte, Clemson, UNC and Virginia Tech have all shown interest in Marquis Rankin (PG, 6’0″, 2011), who plays high school ball in Charlotte, NC.

NC State is still recruiting LaQuinton Ross (SF, 6’7″, 2011), a player we’ve been following for some time, while Clemson and Florida State are looking at Kentavious Caldwell (SG, 6’4″, 2011).

UNC, Duke and Virginia are all trying to land the third Plumlee big man in Marshall Plumlee (C, 7’0″, 2011) and I’m not sure if Duke has the inside track. Virginia and Virginia Tech are also recruiting Nick Johnson (PG, 6’4″, 2011) out of Findlay Prep.

Duke, North Carolina and Maryland have all been keeping up with Quinn Cook (PG, 5’11”, 2011) from Dematha although only Maryland has offered so far. Cook is the type of player who will be focused on running the offense, pushing into the defense and kicking to an open big.

North Carolina and Virginia have been paying attention to Angelo Chol (C, 6’8″, 2011), player from San Diego, CA, a state where UNC head coach Roy Williams has landed several players, most recently the Wear twins.

Virginia Tech has a commitment from C.J. Barksdale (PF, 6’7″, 2011), beating out Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Wake Forest and Florida.

We’ll do more player scouting on these and other 2011 athletes in the months to come, and of course we’ll start looking into the 2012 class as well.

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NC State Recruiting Battle: C.J. Leslie

March 8, 2010

So NC State is in a recruiting battle for CJ Leslie (SF/PF, 6’9″, 2010) and their main competition is John Calipari and the University of Kentucky. Leslie seems to like the Wildcats but lists both the Pack and the Wildcats as his two current favorites. Leslie is also playing for Word of God in Raleigh, NC so his proximity allows him to be completely aware of what NC State has to offer. Leslie also is considering Florida and UCLA, and has interest from Maryland and Tennessee.

Leslie is a definite star player with NBA SG/SF potential and size. He can handle the ball on the break, slash to the rim and shoot from outside. His ballhandling is developing into the elite guard level and he’s definitely got the potential and speed to become a game changer and get to the pros. It remains to be seen if he’ll be playing his college ball in the SEC or ACC, but he’s definitely one that will be a name in the college ranks. He has an explosive offensive game that might benefit from an open court style of play.

Check out some video of Leslie here (#5 for WOG):


NC State Lands Big Man; Harris Painted on Giant Rock…

November 19, 2009

Joseph Uchebo

NC State has not been shy about picking up early commitments in the past, and now they’ve landed Joseph Uchebo (C, 6’9″, 2012), a player originally from Nigeria and currently playing in North Carolina at Oak Ridge Military Academy. I don’t have much info on Uchebo, so I will have to drop by Oak Ridge and get some video, but he seems like a big post player that Lowe is probably looking to develop.

Photo courtesy Rivals.net

Meanwhile, as we mentioned yesterday, Tobias Harris (PF, 6’10”, 2010) made a surprise visit to Tennessee, here’s some Q&A with Harris. Vol fans apparently knew he was coming even though it was a surprise, as evidenced by the fact that they had time to paint the side of a giant rock with his name an jersey. However, I’d like to point out that since the player in the painting is facing ‘away’, they might just change the name on the jersey whenever a recruit visits:


NC State Still Hot on Leslie; Harris Visits Tennessee

November 18, 2009

Tobias Harris (PF, 6’8″, 2010) just finished an expected visit to Georgia Tech, and then followed up that visit with an unexpected visit to Tennessee. Bruce Pearl and Tennessee are proving that they are becoming one of the top programs in the country, and Harris’s upcoming announcement is still up in the air.

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NC State is still high on the list for C.J. Leslie (SF, 6’8″, 2010), who is also highly considering Maryland, Florida, Kentucky, UConn, Georgetown and Tennessee. Oregon has also been mentioned. Although Leslie plays his high school ball in NC State’s back yard, he’s not on an imminent timetable like Harris at this point.

Saying ‘high on the list’ is possibly a misnomer, since Leslie has maintained no favorites at this time.

As for Leslie’s skills and game, I will have more in the near future, but from my perspective, he’s much more of a 3 than a 4, he can shoot from outside and plays facing the basket.


Signing Day Commences; Harrison Barnes to Announce Friday

November 10, 2009

So as Signing Day blasts out all kinds of activity, including the news that Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2010) and Ryan Harrow (PG, 5’11”, 2010) will finally sign with NC State, Paul Hewitt and Georgia Tech got Jason Morris (SF, 6’4″, 2010), the big prize is still out there on the board: Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010).

Harrison has stated that he will announce this Friday, and the only thing that seems clear is no one really knows where he is going. Stay tuned.


Georgia Tech vs. NC State Recruiting

January 30, 2009

The state of Georgia has been and continues to be a primary source of basketball recruits for the ACC, and not just because of Georgia Tech. NC State and Yellow Jacket fans are already closely watching the ongoing game battles between Mfon Udofia (PG, 6’1″, 2009), who is committed to Georgia Tech, and Lorenzo Brown (SG, 6’4″, 2009), a NCSU commit:

I don’t know if Udofia starts right away at the point for Georgia Tech but I think he should. I agree with your comment about him at the point and Shumpert at the two. The Tech coaches tell me that won’t happen right away. One of the biggest issues with the Yellow Jackets is a collective lack of toughness on the team. The team needs a leader in the clubhouse and they need someone to push them to new heights. Udofia clearly does bring that element to the table.

As far as Udofia as the number two player in the state…he is right now. After his performance against Centennial and Lorenzo Brown, it is hard to argue against that. All of that being said, I think Brown has a higher upside, albeit not by much. If Brown can continue to fine tune his point guard skills, he is a better professional prospect. Udofiia’s work ethic and competitiveness will be hard to argue against. He reminds me of former Virginia star Sean Singletary in that regard.

This should develop into a nice ongoing conversation as these guys hit conference play.


John Wall Watched Kentucky Get Blitzed

December 2, 2008

Now, UNC is not reportedly recruiting John Wall (PG, 6’4″, 2009), the stud point guard from Raleigh, NC, so why was he reportedly at the Dean Dome to watch a game last week?

Maybe John is just a fan of great basketball, and it’s hard to argue that the Tar Heels aren’t playing well right now, and are probably loaded with a lot of NBA talent that he might face in the NBA some day. But it’s not that. It’s that Kentucky still wants to be on Wall’s list alongside Duke and NC State, and he went to sit and watch the Wildcats take on the Heels. I don’t know how much of a factor a team’s performance affects recruiting, but the Wildcats put on an abysmal first half performance and got blown out of the gym. They put forth a stronger effort in the second half but the reality is that the Tar Heels manhandled them at every position with the exception of UK’s Patrick Patterson, who apparently the Wildcat guards don’t know exists.

This game could point to a few things: first, that Kentucky is not on the same level as UNC right now, and for a program as big as Kentucky, that is not good. Secondly, that loss is the kind that adds up, when combined with the blowout loss to Vanderbilt last season, and it starts a case against coach Billy Gillespie.

Kentucky is not a program that misses the NCAA tournament, much less comes down to Chapel Hill and looks like a high school program, and the UK fans, alumni and history won’t take it for long. I know it’s only one game, but I can’t help but think it did nothing to help them get in the mix for Wall, especially considering Wall already has looked at them in the past. It’s just as likely that John just wanted to catch up with the UK players, but of course, who knows?


John Wall – Not Going to Kentucky?

October 22, 2008

The Raliegh News & Observer has an article about John Wall’s recent visit to NC State, and when asked the question that top recruits hear ad nauseum, ‘what’s your list of schools’, one school was noticeably absent :Kentucky. However, Wall said he enjoyed his visit to the Pack, but also mentioned a new name, Miami, as a possibility:

Wall said Sunday that Miami was pushing for a visit and that he was not sure he’d keep Kansas on his list after it took a commitment from 6-foot-2 Elijah Johnson of Las Vegas.

“I’m not sure where I am with Kansas right now,” he said.

Wall is considering N.C. State, Oregon, Baylor and Memphis, along with possibly either Miami or Kansas.