NC State Basketball Update

Mark Gottfried

In the past ten days the college basketball Gods have been on NC State’s side. Although State fans at times have had their fair share of unfortunate luck in the past with numerous transfers plus players entering the draft during the Mark Gottfried era, Coach Gottfried and the staff have been on a roll of lately. NC State’s recent stretch of good news has caught CBS reporter Matt Norlander’s attention as he believes NC State could now be a top-15 team in the country. Darius Hicks started the good news when he committed to NC State on May 13th picking The Pack over Cincinnati. Hicks is a 6’7″ 210 pound forward with a forty-four inch vertical. Darius is projected to play power forward in college but will be undersized at his position but makes up what he lacks in height with his incredible athleticism. Hicks looks to dunk everything around the rim as having Dennis Smith Jr. at point guard was a major factor with Hicks picking NC State. Hicks covets a point guard to throw him the ball up at the rim in fast breaks situations where he excels. Hicks is more of a developmental college player but will provide the team with a spark of energy off the bench next year but don’t look for him to get that many minutes as a true freshman.

Darius Hicks

 

Omer Yurtseven was the next major coup when he committed on May 16th. Yurtseven checks in around 7 feet and weighs close to 240 pounds. This was incredible for Mark Gottfried and the staff to land such a quality player this late in the recruiting stage as credit for landing Yurtseven needs to be given to assistant coach Orlando Early. A couple months ago, Coach Gottfried visited Yurtseven in Turkey as that trip paid dividends for NC State landing the five star center. Yurtseven took three official visits to Utah, Syracuse plus NC State then eventually decided after his visits to call NC State his future home. Yurtseven will be an immediate impact player with his height and skill. He recently scored 91 points in a game alongside pulling down 28 boards. Omer will help NC State offensively with his array of solid post moves, ability to rebound the ball, block shots around the rim and shows the ability to step out and hit a mid-range shot. His game should work quite well with Gottfried’s UCLA offense as NC State fans should be excited about what he has to bring to the court next year. Scout.com recruiting analysis Evan Daniels said he would rate Omer the number one center in high school basketball if he played his high school ball in the States.  A thing to be aware of is Yurtseven’s eligibility. The NCAA will look into his eligibility since his coach on his team overseas has stated that Yurtseven took money to play but Yurtseven denies this as he has stated he hasn’t touched any money. From what I’ve heard, Yurtseven more than likely will be cleared and will suit up for the Wolfpack next season.

Omer Yurtseven

 

Following Hicks’ and Yurtseven’s decisions to commit t0 NC State, the good news for State fans continued as Abdul-Malik Abu and BeeJay Anya announced they would be withdrawing their names from the NBA draft to return to NC State. Jeff Goodman tweeted out a couple of weeks ago that Abu was looking to potentially transfer or enter the draft which left NC State fans panicking and upset. In the long run, Abu made the correct decision to return to school for one more year. Abu and Yurtseven could make up one of the top front-courts in college basketball next year with their incredible skill sets. BeeJay Anya, the school’s all-time leading shot blocker made the correct decision returning to school as well. Anya will provide NC State with depth off the bench and help as usual with his defensive presence.

Last Friday NC State received a commitment from Spencer Newman, a 6’3″ guard from Daphne, Alabama. Newman will join the team as a walk-on but will attempt to earn a scholarship in the future. He had interest from Valparaiso but decided to walk-on at NC State instead. Newman scored over 2000 points in high school as he shows the ability to score the basketball.

Parting Shots:

LenNard Freeman underwent successful surgery last Wednesday. Freeman’s surgery consisted of removing a 16-inch steel rod from his left leg and replaced the old rod with a thicker rod. Freeman struggled with this injury last season as Mark Gottfried anticipates Freeman red-shirting this upcoming season unless a miracle occurs in Freeman’s recovery.

Junior College forward Gibson Johnson from Salt Lake Community College in Utah is scheduled to visit NC State this Friday through Sunday as he is a member of the 2016 class. Johnson has had visits scheduled to NC State this month but they have been postponed. He is a 6’8″ power forward that can play inside plus outside that will help stretch the floor. The other school recruiting Johnson currently is Hawaii but Hawaii isn’t eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament next year due to NCAA sanctions.

Be on the look out for high school guard Markell Johnson. Johnson is a 6’1″ point guard from Cleveland, Ohio who is flirting with the idea of possibility becoming eligible for the 2016 class instead of the 2017 class. Markell will graduate from his high school this Thursday. He has flip-flopped with the idea of being in the class of 2016 but if he does decide to attend a university in the fall, NC State is in a good position to land his commitment but will have to fight off West Virginia, Xavier and Ohio State. He would still have to take three classes over the summer to be able to play in the fall at a university as Johnson would most likely make his college decision in early July. If Johnson decides to go to the 2016 route, look for him to officially visit NC State in June. Johnson would fill the only hole currently on the roster of a backup point guard.

NC State is potentially looking at a top five class if Gibson Johnson plus Markell Johnson commit to NC State. Mark Gottfried has shown again that he can make a late push for players to fill out the roster he wants for upcoming seasons. NC State looks to be in great position next year with Dennis Smith Jr., Torin Dorn, Terry Henderson, Maverick Rowan, Shaun Kirk, Darius Hicks, Abdul-Malik Abu, BeeJay Anya and Omer Yurtseven already in the fold.

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  • #103850

    Bsim412
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    In the past ten days the college basketball Gods have been on NC State’s side. Although State fans at times have had their fair share of unfortunate l
    [See the full post at: NC State Basketball Update]

    #103852

    NOT A FAN OF BLUE
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    Mega kudos to Coach Gott and staff. Fantastic work!

    #103853

    PackdatAss
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    Either Johnson would be great, we need depth at both positions. If we got both then we could return 9 scholarship players (including Newman) in 2017. Hard not to be optimistic.

    #103854

    redisgood
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    Fantastic write-up. Thanks!

    Markell Johnson would be a huge pick-up. He would plug the last remaining hole in the roster, and would likely be our starting point guard next year. He and Dennis seem to have a good relationship, so hopefully he gets the credits he needs to reclassify to 2016 and joins the Pack.

    Talent and depth at every position. Who would of thunk it three weeks ago.

    #103855

    PackdatAss
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    ^Doubt Johnson would start at PG. Dennis is our PG. consider this in terms of NBA potential. Dennis will be a PG at the next level so that is where he will play in college. Not saying you won’t see a 2 PG lineup at times, but DSJ is our primary.

    Anyone know where Markell would be ranked if he is 2016?

    #103856

    PapaJohn
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    Unbelievable turnaround.
    From ‘is this the beginning of the end’ of the Gottfried reign, to considering the possibility of being a team ranked in the preseason in the course of a few weeks is more than even the most optimistic could have imagined.
    Again, Gottfried seems to be working an angle that I hadn’t thought about. Getting players to re-classify. He did it last year with Mav, and looks to be trying this year as well. To recruit against the blues, that’s what he has to do. It’s going to take creativity until we establish a pattern of success that we can sell incoming recruits.

    Good stuff guys.

    #103858

    FergusWolf
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    I’m pretty sure that “redisgood” is already referring to 2016-2017 as “this year”, so when he says “next year”, he means 2017-2018. Specifically when referring to M. Johnson being our starting point guard.

    #103859

    44rules
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    Man we are so bi-polar. And I’m including me in that category (always have! :) I’ve gone from Rick-style Gottfried needs to go and let’s get Archie to “Man, how did he pull that out of his butt” and the Gottfather rules. I’m sure I, and many Pack fans, will yo-yo between those two poles in the future.

    I always thought communism was crap, really.
    Alexei Sayle

    #103860

    redisgood
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    I’m pretty sure that “redisgood” is already referring to 2016-2017 as “this year”, so when he says “next year”, he means 2017-2018. Specifically when referring to M. Johnson being our starting point guard.

    Yes, thanks. That’s what I meant. By next year I’m referring to 2017-2018. But, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see both on the floor at the same time this year.

    #103861

    redisgood
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    Anyone know where Markell would be ranked if he is 2016?

    Scout.com has him rated as the #66 prospect overall and the 18th PG in their 2016 rankings. Pretty good for a guy who really is a 2017. A year playing with and learning from Dennis would help him tremendously.

    #103862

    PackdatAss
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    Got it. Agreed.

    If we sign some studs in 2017 then we could start to develop a year to year consistency. We’ve offered 35 plus in the 2017 class with the vast majority being ranked. As long as we can win the transfer game (which will always be the case with Gottfrieds short rotation) then we can maintain some form of relevance. I’ll take 2-3 years of competing for a top five spot in the ACC.

    #103863

    Whiteshoes67
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    So we went from looking like a turd to a pile of gold plated turd? Or did we strike real gold? I’m thinking Pyrite.

    #103864

    freshmanin83
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    So we went from looking like a turd to a pile of gold plated turd? Or did we strike real gold? I’m thinking Pyrite.

    There are a number of different ways to answer this question, so let me try this one. Is it possible that your starting point could be off some?

    #103865

    Wufpacker
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    I really hope we are able to land Gabby Johnson.

    #103866

    Rick
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    So we went from looking like a turd to a pile of gold plated turd? Or did we strike real gold? I’m thinking Pyrite.

    There are a number of different ways to answer this question, so let me try this one. Is it possible that your starting point could be off some?

    Or it could be the real fear of Lucy pulling the football again.

    #103867

    44rules
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    With the NCAA’s decision on Y7 playing the part of Lucy.

    I always thought communism was crap, really.
    Alexei Sayle

    #103868

    freshmanin83
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    With the NCAA’s decision on Y7 playing the part of Lucy.

    Is the yo-yo up, down or just walking the dog? : )

    #103871

    PackerInRussia
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    He would still have to take three classes over the summer to be able to play in the fall at a university as Johnson would most likely make his college decision in early July.

    UNC has summer school, right?

    #103872

    PackerInRussia
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    Either Johnson would be great, we need depth at both positions

    True, but it would be nice to have a big Johnson on the squad.

    #103873

    Wufpacker
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    Either Johnson would be great, we need depth at both positions

    True, but it would be nice to have a big Johnson on the squad.

    Even nicer to have big Johnson depth in multiple positions.

    (takes a bow)

    #103876

    bill.onthebeach
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    Man we are so bi-polar.

    ^This….

    and this….

    some of “us” who are accustomed to more stability in life are having to adjust to the offseasonscrambletomakearostergame…

    :>}

    POP!

    #OverTwentyYearsCheating?
    #103879

    TheCOWDOG
    Moderator

    Who bi-polo, anyone?

    #103880

    TheCOWDOG
    Moderator

    ? Why do people say scramble? I say shuffle.

    #103882

    bill.onthebeach
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    scramble/shuffle … the deck three times and cut the cards… deal one for me and one you …
    all the same thing…

    luck be a lady tonite….

    #OverTwentyYearsCheating?
    #103885

    pakfanistan
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    So, talk of the Johnsons reminded me of Marques Johnson. Who I still find to be the most WTF recruit I can ever remember.

    And Marques Johson reminded me of Johnny Thompson, who I really liked, and it made me wonder what ever happened to him.

    Well apparently this…

    http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/player/hawk

    So that’s pretty cool.

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