Pack picks up Top 10 Anthony Barber!!!

The 2013 Mark Gottfried-led NC State recruiting train has officially left the station!!

The Wolfpacker is reporting that NC State has landed a commitment from senior Hampton (Va.) High senior point guard, Anthony Barber. Barber is ranked by Rivals.com at the #9 overall player and the #3 point guard in the country. Barber picked the Wolfpack over Kansas and Alabama after also earning scholarship offers from “Virginia, Virginia Tech, Providence, Florida State and Connecticut,” said The Wolfpacker.

You can click here to review Barber at Verbalcommits.com. Verbalcommits is the site that provided the table at the top of this entry.

If you are interested in a current conversation regarding Wolfpack basketball recruiting then you should click here. I hope that you will note that less than 48 hours ago StateFansNation tried to give you a little bit of a telegraph when we posted

I have a good feeling about Barber right now

Pay attention, folks!

The following is from The Wolfpacker’s story:

“His speed is electric, and he makes it even tougher to deal with because he changes gears and has tremendous body control,” said Rivals.com recruiting analyst Eric Bossi in a past evaluation. “When he’s shooting with confidence – particularly 12- to 17-foot pull-ups – there just aren’t any high school guards who can stay in front of him.”

The 6-foot 3/4, 168-pound Barber, who goes by the nickname “Cat,” arrived for his third official visit – Kansas and Louisville were his first two – late Thursday night and was able to meet with the coaches and his future teammates. The NC State football team hosts South Alabama tonight at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Barber joins NC State’s potential star-studded backcourt, which includes 2012 McDonald’s All-American’s Tyler Lewis and Rodney Purvis, who play point guard and shooting guard respectfully. Current junior point guard Lorenzo Brown could also return, but could be a strong early 2013 NBA draft candidate with an expected good season. LSU transfer Ralston Turner will also be eligible on the wing next year, and is an accomplished long-range shooter

Barber, who was a standout for the Boo Williams traveling program, was first offered by NC State on May 3, 2011.

The current scholarship configuration and scholarship spacing of NC State’s Basketball program is as follows:

Senior Class
(1) Scott Wood (Wing)
(2) Richard Howell (PF)

Junior Class
(3) CJ Leslie (PF)
(4) Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG)
(5) Jordan Vandenberg (C) (Redshirt)

Sophomore Class
(6) Thomas de Thaey (PF)
(7) Ralston Turner (Wing) – transfer from LSU sits out 2012-2103

Freshman Class
(8) Tyler Lewis (PG)
(9) Rodney Purvis (PG/SG) hopefully
(10) TJ Warren (F)

2013 Commits
(11) Anthony Barber (PG)
(12) Open – center target
(13) Open – wing target
(1) Departure of Scott Wood
(2) Departure of Richard Howell
(3) Projected departure of CJ Leslie
(4) Potential departure of Lorenzo Brown

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31 Responses to Pack picks up Top 10 Anthony Barber!!!

  1. runwiththepack 09/15/2012 at 2:01 PM #

    Get outta town! We got Barber????!!!!

  2. Lunatic Fringe 09/15/2012 at 2:03 PM #

    Huge, huge, huge pick up!

  3. STLPack01 09/15/2012 at 2:16 PM #

    Great news. Just need to nail down Randle and either Meeks or Anya and we’re off to the races!

  4. FunPack 09/15/2012 at 2:19 PM #

    Excellent. Run with the Pack!

    Now let’s get some bigs….

  5. old13 09/15/2012 at 2:35 PM #

    :>) I thought we couldn’t compete with the big national programs in recruiting! At least that’s what Foulup always said! Gott & Co. are looking pretty good for a second year staff at ol’ NCSU!

  6. JSRy2k 09/15/2012 at 2:46 PM #

    And, from one year, it looks like Gott & Co can coach ‘em up. Wow, wow, wow!

  7. tlk1969 09/15/2012 at 2:47 PM #

    GOOD NEWS! That makes this a much better day!

  8. primacyone 09/15/2012 at 4:56 PM #

    1). Just for the record – your bolded quote is not exactly what you said…,.

    2). 20 some years ago, STATE was known as Point Guard University.

    I’m just saying….

  9. chilly water 09/15/2012 at 5:20 PM #

    Just for the record, I didnt mention this yesterday but When i saw Rodney Purvis with Barber by Mission Vally, I actually rolled down the window of my red civic and yelled “Rodney, GO STATE!” He kinda laffed gave me a thumbs ups and said “aight man”

    I didnt want to say anything to detailed because I figured people would think i was trolling……..

    but, who got the last laff. GO GET EM CAT!

  10. chilly water 09/15/2012 at 5:27 PM #

    Id like to think him hanging with such a good dude a s Purvis showing hin the campus and then this kid rolls his window down and sais “RODNEY GO PACK! Showed Barber how muh he’ll be a king with the fanbase.

    Cant stop smiling now

  11. tuckerdorm1983 09/15/2012 at 5:46 PM #

    It begins. Fear the wolf. We have some payback we need to give a couple of teams nearby. Lets get another top flight class in 2013. I am high on the fumes

  12. SuperStuff 09/15/2012 at 7:36 PM #

    Wow!!! I’m stunned. I’ve heard great things about this kid.

  13. logarithm 09/15/2012 at 10:00 PM #

    So what do we know about his high school? Hampton High seems like a big public school, right? He’s not part of the first graduating class?

  14. ancsu87 09/15/2012 at 11:03 PM #

    Do you have a point logarithm?

  15. WaylandH 09/16/2012 at 12:04 AM #

    The funny think is Hampton is by some accounts actually the oldest public school. Wiki quote ” Hampton High School is the oldest public school in the U.S.A. as it evolved directly from the Syms-Eaton Academy, which combined two of the earliest schools in America.”

    My wife, being a ‘Crabber’, had mentioned that to me once or twice.

  16. wolfonthehill 09/16/2012 at 6:41 AM #

    Great news… with the potential *gulp* 7 open scholarships next year (Lo, please keep that number down at 6), we absolutely have to have a top-notch class full of guys ready to play.

    Great start…

  17. Rick 09/16/2012 at 7:29 AM #

    Great pickup.
    We have some sick talent but need some depth and size.
    Though frankly I feel speed is far more important than size in basketball.

  18. newclass 09/16/2012 at 11:01 AM #

    Great news. of course crappy KU fans and LU fans are spreading rumors now, about how he stole something on his Trip to LU, and that’s why he committed bc everyone else backed off. smh why can’t people be grateful losers.

  19. newclass 09/16/2012 at 11:12 AM #

    Also ralston Turner is gonna be a junior when he becomes eligible.

  20. TeufelWolf 09/16/2012 at 6:06 PM #

    I admittedly don’t follow high school players but I’m glad I can tune in here to get the bottom line. Hopefully his commitment this early will help us get a quality big man to replace Howell (and Painter).

  21. lawful 09/16/2012 at 8:02 PM #

    I don’t understand the chart as according to ESPN.com, he’s #11 in their top 100.

  22. MISTA WOLF 09/16/2012 at 8:35 PM #

    Hopefully he keeps his ass out of trouble and doesn’t do anything stupid. Needs a mentor and Gott’s the man.

  23. ancsu87 09/16/2012 at 11:25 PM #

    Can you tell me why he needs a mentor for and why you think he will be in trouble and/or do something stupid?

  24. 808WOLF 09/16/2012 at 11:48 PM #

    - because he is a 17-18 year old

  25. ancsu87 09/17/2012 at 1:00 AM #

    Ok…nice way to welcome the kid to NC State … hey dumbass stay out of trouble…..

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