StateFans Nation http://www.statefansnation.com Your Independent Source On NC State Athletics Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:12:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 WE RISE!!! (AKA – Some Much Needed Football Talk) http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/we-rise-aka-some-much-needed-football-talk/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/we-rise-aka-some-much-needed-football-talk/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:12:03 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87666 It won’t be long now. Yes of course, it’s still technically the dog days of summer.  Which means for college sports fans, especially those whose MLB teams appear to be already thinking about booking October fly fishing trips (I’m looking at you every Oriole NOT named Jones or Machado), the boredom of no significant college […]

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It won’t be long now.

Yes of course, it’s still technically the dog days of summer.  Which means for college sports fans, especially those whose MLB teams appear to be already thinking about booking October fly fishing trips (I’m looking at you every Oriole NOT named Jones or Machado), the boredom of no significant college sports material is causing a great deal of distress, if not suicidal thoughts.

But July is almost over, and pre-season camp will soon be upon us.  In less than two weeks, Tuesday August, 4th to be precise, the 2015 edition of Wolfpack Football will begin its quest to up its program’s stock in a loaded ACC Atlantic division as summer camps get underway.

The following Sunday, August 9th at 4:30pm, will be the annual Meet the Pack Day at CF.

RALEIGH, N.C. – This year’s ACC Football Kickoff had a different vibe for Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren than in his first two years at the helm of the NC State program. And that vibe was definitely a positive one.

“This is the first time I’ve had a returning starter at quarterback and the first time I’ve had a backup quarterback that I recruited,” Doeren told some of the 400+ media gathered in Pinehurst, N.C.

Doeren also couldn’t hide his positive outlook on his defense. His secondary is experienced, there is depth at linebacker and even though the defensive line is young, there are experienced players returning.

The positive mindset is something that his team exhibits as well heading into 2015. “You can’t beat teams if you don’t believe you can beat them and I don’t think there is a man in our locker room now who doesn’t believe we can win. Now we’ve got to put in the work and then go out there and do it,” Doeren added.

NC State’s Influx of Youth Brings much-needed Depth to Wolfpack (NCAA.com)

PINEHURST, N.C. — With only 11 seniors, NC State’s roster will skew on the young side again. Coach Dave Doeren was quick to point out that 70 percent of the roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores.

Doeren was even quicker to volunteer freshman Nyheim Hines as a first-year player who can make an immediate impact.

The four-star recruit can help the Wolfpack’s offense in a number of ways, Doeren said. Hines (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) was primarily a running back in high school, rushing for 2,362 yards and 38 touchdowns last year, but Doeren said Hines will be used as a slot receiver, to return kicks and maybe even as a “wildcat” quarterback.

“He has so many skill sets, I’d be shocked if he was not out there,” Doeren said Tuesday at the ACC Kickoff.

Hines, one of 24 freshmen, is part of the influx of talent in the program. Doeren said there’s a noticeable difference in practice from his first season. It’s what he calls “competitive depth.”

“We’re getting to the point now, and not across the board but at a lot of positions, there’s not just a guy backing him up but a guy who can take his job,” Doeren said.

NC State Building Depth with Youth (NewsObserver.com)

Salahuddin ready to go: Junior linebacker M.J. Salahuddin missed the 2014 season and spring practice with a knee injury, but he has been cleared to return for the opening of training camp Aug. 3, Doeren said.

Salahuddin injured his left knee in a noncontact drill in the first week of practice last year.

“The biggest thing for him now is the mental hurdle of playing football,” Doeren said.

Salahuddin started five games in 2013 and had 25 tackles. He was slated to start in the middle of N.C. State’s defense last year before the injury.

In his absence, sophomore Jerod Fernandez and was second on the team with 78 tackles.

Doeren said Fernandez, Salahuddin and Ford Howell will compete for the starting job at middle linebacker. Doeren said Salahuddin can play either linebacker spot.

Special teams reset: N.C. State has to break in a new punter and kicker. Freshman A.J. Cole was impressive in the spring with his punting skills and will take over for Wil Baumann, a four-year starter.

The competition to replace kicker Nik Sade, the school’s career leading scorer, will continue through August camp.

Freshman Kyle Bambard and redshirt freshman Jackson Maples are contending for kicking duties. Maples, from nearby Southern Pines, likely will handle the kickoff duties, Doeren said.

Bambard has been a “little more accurate” and with a “higher elevation” on field goals, but Maples still could win the job.

“I’m anxious to see those guys work,” Doeren said. “They’re very talented, (but) game day is way different than practice. We’ll just have to see how they react on game day.”

Sade made 55 field goals as a four-year starter and finished with 332 points, eclipsing running back Ted Brown’s school record (312) set in 1978.

So, lots of questionmarks for sure, but I can’t help but like the quiet confidence that seems to be the M.O. so far leading up to the season.  By mid-October, road trips to Blacksburg and Winston might blow it all to hell of course.

But for July….well, you know.

And here’s a little football/basketball 1-2 punch CH beatdown from the ’14-’15 academic year….definitely a fun five minutes of viewing….

Plus, we’ll soon be able to legally and without fear of recourse, look at things such as this….

(Yes…two photos of the Oregon ladies…I stand by that decision.)

CheerOregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Football.  Is.  Good.

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College Football’s (Continued) Student Attendance Problem http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/college-footballs-continued-student-attendance-problem/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/college-footballs-continued-student-attendance-problem/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:18:32 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87611 College football attendance — specifically, student attendance — has been on the decline, and even hit a 14-year low in 2014 (for background, click here). Previous studies suggested a major factor was poor cell service inside stadiums (the age old debate: if they couldn’t post it to Instagram, were they really there?). But new studies […]

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College football attendance — specifically, student attendance — has been on the decline, and even hit a 14-year low in 2014 (for background, click here).

Previous studies suggested a major factor was poor cell service inside stadiums (the age old debate: if they couldn’t post it to Instagram, were they really there?). But new studies suggest it may be much simpler — problems we’ve already been correcting at Carter-Finley.

Wall Street Journal:

The most powerful people in college football are desperate to figure out what the millennials on their campuses actually want.

They thought they knew. To stop the puzzling decline of student attendance at football games, schools across the country have taken numerous steps in recent years. The most radical was upgrading cellular reception and installing wireless networks around their stadiums—a multimillion-dollar endeavor for a service that may only be used a handful of times each year.

Now, though, schools have more data than ever on their fans and especially their student fans. That new information has them rewriting their old theories. Their most startling finding challenges the one thing they thought they knew about today’s 18-to-22-year-olds: It turns out that students may not want to be on their phones all game long.

The most recent support for this surprising result comes from a new survey by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators and Oregon’s sports marketing center. It asked almost 24,000 students across the country to rank the factors that influenced their decision to attend games. By far the most important was a student’s interest in that sport. By far the least important was a stadium’s cellular reception or wireless capability.

The study is so counterintuitive that it seems like it must be an outlier—except that it is supported by similar polls in places where college football is massively popular.

At Michigan, when the student government asked undergraduates why they go to football games, what they found clashed with conventional wisdom: Michigan’s students simply didn’t care that much about mobile connectivity. In-game Wi-Fi wasn’t as essential as lower ticket prices or better seat locations. Among the seven possible improvements to the game-day experience, in fact, students ranked cell reception last.

The Southeastern Conference, which led all leagues in average attendance last season, has come to the same conclusion. “Our data tells us that the most important things for fans coming to the game are parking, restrooms and concessions,” Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said.

“We have had access to data,” Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said. “I think in the last five to 10 years we’ve taken it much more seriously.

One of the shocking things that schools have learned is that football fans, including students, currently care more about clean restrooms than fast Internet. In the recently released Oregon study, which surveyed students across all five power conferences, fans ranked cellular connectivity last on their wish list.

The nuts and bolts,” Stricklin said. “They still want the basics.”

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My new hero… http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/my-new-hero/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/my-new-hero/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:25:48 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87593 …is the person that grabbed this license plate! Keep up the great work, WolfpackNation!

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…is the person that grabbed this license plate!

Keep up the great work, WolfpackNation!

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Restoring an icon – Reynolds Renovation – Where do you stand? http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/restoring-an-icon-reynolds-renovation-where-do-you-stand/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/restoring-an-icon-reynolds-renovation-where-do-you-stand/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:11:19 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87547 Check out @PackAthletics' update on the progress of the Reynolds Coliseum renovations: http://t.co/dm3hsObC37 pic.twitter.com/eIEUde3JXJ — NC State University (@NCState) July 10, 2015 Very cool work done by the Athletics Department on the Reynolds Coliseum renovation project available here. After lengthy planning, in March the process of renovating Reynolds Coliseum became a reality. The $35 million […]

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Check out @PackAthletics' update on the progress of the Reynolds Coliseum renovations: http://t.co/dm3hsObC37 pic.twitter.com/eIEUde3JXJ

— NC State University (@NCState) July 10, 2015

Very cool work done by the Athletics Department on the Reynolds Coliseum renovation project available here.

After lengthy planning, in March the process of renovating Reynolds Coliseum became a reality. The $35 million project, to be completed in August 2016, began with the removal of nearly 3,000 seats in the north end to make way for what will eventually be the NC State Walk of Fame & History.
Once the current playing court was removed, the Tartan playing surface of the 70s and 80s became visible, along with the famous Block S center court logo, something which hadn’t been visible for over two decades.

Ductwork in the hallways and upper concourses has been removed as preparations are being made for the first permanent air conditioning system in Reynolds.

The project will take further shape later in July when demolition of the north end continues, with the space previously occupied by seating cleared out to make space for the Walk of Fame & History.

There are A LOT of differing opinions out there regarding this project. We would love to get your input on this topic in both our survey and in the comments section below. Thanks!

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MBB: Pack In The Final Lists of Two High Profile 2015 Recruits http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/mbb-pack-in-the-final-lists-of-two-high-profile-2015-recruits/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/07/mbb-pack-in-the-final-lists-of-two-high-profile-2015-recruits/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:30:50 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87496 Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) of the Raleigh News & Observer reported today that Mark Gottfried and NC State are in the final mix for two high profile recruits to round out next year’s team: In what has already been an eventful offseason, the Wolfpack is still in the mix for 7-footer Georgios Papagiannis and recently reclassified […]

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Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) of the Raleigh News & Observer reported today that Mark Gottfried and NC State are in the final mix for two high profile recruits to round out next year’s team:

In what has already been an eventful offseason, the Wolfpack is still in the mix for 7-footer Georgios Papagiannis and recently reclassified small forward Maverick Rowan, a pair of high-profile recruits who would be eligible to play this season.

Papagiannis, a Greek player, is looking to play one year in college before potentially moving on to the professional ranks.  He says that he’s narrowed his list down to Kentucky, Oregon, St. Johns and NC State.  Sports Illustrated had this to say about him:

As for which college (if any) is most likely to add that piece to its roster, it’s difficult to identify a clear leader. St. John’s has an obvious hole to fill with Obekpa, has made a strong, late push since Chris Mullin was hired in April, and believes it has a real shot at Papagiannis. Kentucky is Kentucky, and has a legit need for more front-line depth. N.C. State was the most recent school to visit Papagiannis, with Mark Gottfried making a trip to Greece in April. Oregon also traveled to Athens and since has developed the most interesting angle into the recruitment.

Curiously enough, Papagiannis’ roommate at the U19s is Tyler Dorsey, a five-star guard from Pasadena, Calif., who’s committed to play for the Ducks in 2015-16, and was a last-minute addition to the Greek national team in June.

Obviously, that’s some stiff competition.  Kentucky seems to draft the top prep players they want on the recruiting trail, and Oregon is a compelling choice given Papagiannis’s ties to Tyler Dorsey and of course Oregon’s ties to Nike.  At the same time, State is still in the mix, has a very decent and now experienced team returning, and has a slot where Papagiannis could compete against and with the best.  Time will tell.

The Pack is also on Maverick Rowan’s radar.  The 6’7″ scoring machine recently trimmed Louisville off of his list, and told Scout.com that

[H]e’s down to N.C. State, St. John’s and Wisconsin.“It’s pretty much down to those three,” Rowan said.

Stout competition, but again, if you ain’t in it, you can’t win it.  And Mark Gottfried is very much in it with this prized player.  And should State win the contest for the services of one or both, the Wolfpack will be improved in 2015/16 despite the player losses that happened last spring.

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Yow discusses improvement in Director’s Cup http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/yow-discusses-improvement-in-directors-cup/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/yow-discusses-improvement-in-directors-cup/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:35:58 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87486 When Debbie Yow was introduced as AD at NC State in June of 2010, one of her main goals was to get the athletic program to finish in the top 25 of the Director’s Cup. This goal is something that the Wolfpack had yet to reach. When she was hired, State was ranked 89th. A […]

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When Debbie Yow was introduced as AD at NC State in June of 2010, one of her main goals was to get the athletic program to finish in the top 25 of the Director’s Cup. This goal is something that the Wolfpack had yet to reach. When she was hired, State was ranked 89th. A big improvement was needed. Since she has taken over, the coaching hires have been really good. While most people spend the vast majority of time concerned with the two revenue sports, football and men’s basketball (and understandably so), the improvement in the Olympic sports has been most refreshing. New coaches have brought out results that we haven’t seen in a long time, if ever. Here are some highlights:

    9 teams finished in the top 25
    Softball made its first Super Regional (first Super Regional by any school within the state of North Carolina)
    Men’s Swimming won the ACC and finished #8 in the NCAA.
    Wrestling had one individual NCAA champion (Nick Gwiazdowski – back to back) and finished 16th as a team

When you add on the improvement of the football team, going 3-9 to 8-5 with a bowl win, the men’s basketball team returning to the Sweet 16 for the 2nd time in 4 years, and the baseball team returning to the NCAA tournament and being thisclose to a return ticket to the Super Regional, all in all it was a good year.

NC State finished 27th in the Director’s Cup standings this year.

Yow discussed her feelings about finishing 27th here.

“I am pleased about it,” Yow said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I think one of the challenges for me is to stop long enough to celebrate what (teams) have achieved.”

What do the coaches think about one of her main goals?

“The coaches in general have embraced in some cases and in other cases accepted the fact that top 25 right now is the goal for us competitively,” Yow said. “And that we’re not going to back off that.”

I love it. That is what the Pack should strive for every year.

For next year, the stage is set to take that next step to make the top 25 and maybe even higher. And some more conference championship banners would be the icing on the cake. When that happens, ESPN will have no choice but to show more of this guy:

FAT-SHIRTLESS-NCSTATE-GUY

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Roy Williams Has A “Sense of Relief”! http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/roy-williams-has-a-sense-of-relief/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/roy-williams-has-a-sense-of-relief/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:58:59 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87435 From a new article today by Dana O’Neil of ESPN: The school is accused of five major violations, including lack of institutional control, but the basketball coach’s name appears just once in the 59-page document, and he is not included in any part of the actual allegations. “I’ve said I felt very comfortable for a […]

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From a new article today by Dana O’Neil of ESPN:

The school is accused of five major violations, including lack of institutional control, but the basketball coach’s name appears just once in the 59-page document, and he is not included in any part of the actual allegations.

“I’ve said I felt very comfortable for a very long time because we’ve been investigated by 73 people and all 12 disciples of the Lord, it feels like, and every one of them has said Roy Williams didn’t know anything about this; he didn’t do anything,” Williams said Tuesday during an interview with ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports. “So there was a sense of relief, but it’s what I expected. It wasn’t a big relief, because it’s what I thought was going to be there.

“But how can you say it’s a relief when there are five allegations against your university, very serious things? How can it be a lot of relief?”

Good for Roy!

One of the more interesting quotes from the article was in regards to possibly vacating the 2005 national title:

Five members of the 2005 national championship team were listed as African and Afro-American studies majors, taking classes that have since been revealed to be fraudulent.

Some have speculated that could mean the championship will be vacated, but Williams argued that despite the paper classes, his players were, in fact, eligible.

“Even if you give a guy four Fs in that spring semester, he’s still eligible,” he said. “We didn’t have ineligible players. They took courses that the university offered.”

Essentially, we have Roy throwing “the university” under the bus for offering the now infamous “paper classes”. Roy would have us believe that these classes would have somehow existed at a university with the reputation of UNC if there were no athletes at all. You know…it is quite common for people at top rated universities to risk their entire careers to create “paper classes” so non-athletes can slide through college.

One of the central figures of the scandal, Jan Boxill, has quite an impressive list of accomplishments in her career(see here). AfAM Department Head Julius Nyang’oro was forced to resign and was charged with fraud over his part in the scandal.

Why would these two, and others, destroy everything they have worked for their entire lives if the “paper classes” weren’t about athletic eligibility? What was their motivation if it wasn’t to keep athletes eligible?

Today’s comments from Roy triggered my memory of an earlier article by Dan Kane from 11/14:

>During the season that the UNC men’s basketball team made its run to the 2005 NCAA championship, its players accounted for 35 enrollments in classes that didn’t meet and yielded easy, high grades awarded by the architect of the university’s academic scandal.

The classes, some advertised as lectures but that never met and others listed as independent studies, were supervised by Deborah Crowder, a manager in African and Afro-American studies who a report from former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein says graded required end-of-semester work leniently as part of a “paper class” scheme to keep athletes eligible. Crowder was not a professor and admitted to investigators that she assigned grades without reading the papers.

Of the 35 bogus class enrollments, nine came during the fall semester of 2004, when eligibility for the spring was determined. Twenty-six were during the spring semester, when the season climaxed with a victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

One of the basketball players, Rashad McCants, had previously told ESPN he took nothing but paper classes in the spring 2005 semester. His transcript showed he was in three independent studies plus one lecture class that had no instruction. He received straight A-minuses, making the dean’s list.

Obviously Roy’s mention in today’a article of giving a player 4 Fs in the Spring semester was in reference to Rashad McCants taking 4 bogus classes and making the Dean’s List during the Spring of 2005 during the national title run. I wonder why Roy made no mention of the 9 paper classes his basketball players took in the Fall of 2004 or the 22 other bogus classes taken by basketball players in the Spring of 2005? Would these players have been eligible if they had been given 9 Fs the previous Fall?

Roy…speak up please.

Maybe Roy didn’t mention these other 31 paper classes his 2005 title team took because he has learned to keep his comments to a minimum due to his many conflicting statements in the past. An 11/14 article by Dane Kane highlights his prior conflicting statements:

Williams’ changing story

The N&O’s reporting revealed the scandal in 2011, but Williams, for a long time, provided little detail as to what he knew about the classes. Numerous times he said he was proud of the academic experience his players received.

“Our track record is pretty doggone good,” Williams told a Charlotte radio station on Aug. 15, 2012. “And our track record has been pretty doggone good for 15 years at Kansas, nine years at North Carolina. And we know how much we emphasize the academic side in the basketball office. We know what our guys are majoring in. We know – every day we’re in touch with those kids. So it’s something, again, that I’m very proud of.”

Four months later, at a press conference, an N&O reporter asked Williams why his players had stopped taking AFAM paper classes by the start of the fall 2009 semester. Was it because Crowder had retired, or did someone in the program notice something wrong?

Williams responded: “You say we either did something, or we didn’t do something. Maybe guys, girls, just decided not to take certain classes.”

The athletic department later adopted that same position, with spokesman Steve Kirschner saying in a statement on Nov. 16, 2012: “Different players have different interests.”

When Wainstein’s report came out, it included new information from Williams that provided a possible explanation why his players weren’t enrolling in AFAM classes.

He told Wainstein’s investigators that shortly after he arrived at UNC, he was concerned that so many of his athletes were majoring in AFAM; the 2005 team alone had 10 of 15 players with that major. He said he told one of his assistant coaches, Joe Holladay, to make sure they weren’t being steered to the major.

The report also said Williams knew McCants took “three or four” independent study courses in the spring 2005 semester. McCants took three that were listed as an independent study. The fourth was identified as AFAM 65, Topics in Afro-American Studies. That, too, was a paper class. In the Wainstein report, Williams said he told Holladay to emphasize that his players should be in lecture classes instead of independent study.

After the Wainstein report came out, Williams said in two news conferences that he was concerned about his players clustering in a major. Records show they continued to cluster in another popular major, Communications, while many others were listed as undeclared.

Kirschner said in an email that Williams would not be made available for an interview. Kirschner stood by his November 2012 statement.

So first he knows about players’ majors, then Roy makes comments suggesting he wasn’t worried about clustering. Then in the Wainstein report it claims Roy was worried about clustering in Afro-American Studies, but he failed to concern himself with the later clustering in Communications. Makes sense right?

But don’t worry, Roy now has a sense of relief!

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Basketball Recruiting Update http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/basketball-recruiting-update-2/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/basketball-recruiting-update-2/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:56:03 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87412 It’s summer time and NC State basketball recruiting is a hot topic for many Pack fans. The 2015 class could still add two more pieces in Maverick Rowan plus Georgios Papagiannis alongside lonely commit Shaun Kirk. Currently there are eight scholarship players on the roster as depth is a lingering concern for some Wolfpack fans […]

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It’s summer time and NC State basketball recruiting is a hot topic for many Pack fans. The 2015 class could still add two more pieces in Maverick Rowan plus Georgios Papagiannis alongside lonely commit Shaun Kirk. Currently there are eight scholarship players on the roster as depth is a lingering concern for some Wolfpack fans heading into next season at the moment.

Maverick Rowan will reclassify to The 2015 class as he could help in a scoring role for The Pack next season. Reports have been out early this week that Rowan is down to four schools but those schools haven’t been publicly released as his top six from before is: Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, St. John’s, UCLA and Wisconsin. Louisville has been the presumed favorite but St. John’s is making a late push as he is currently visiting The Red Storm. Rowan’s dad played with St. John’s coach, Chris Mullin as they could be a dark horse for his commitment. The key for NC State is to get him back on campus as I think The Pack is still in it with him. Look for Rowan to make a decision later during the summer.

Georgios Papagiannis standing a little over 7 feet could be a big time addition to NC State’s front court next season. With Kyle Washington transferring, Papagiannis could provide instant depth and a solid rim protector. He is from Greece plus currently playing for Greece’s U19 team. He had 10 points, 5 rebounds alongside 4 blocks in a loss against USA’s U-19 team today. Coach Gottfried flew over to visit him in Greece after the season and if he comes to America, NC State is sitting in a good position to land him. He could potentially visit The Pack in July alongside another school so look for a decision from him around late July if he decides to play college basketball.

As for The 2016 class there are specific names to be aware of. Christian Matthews is a 6’6″ wing from Fort Washington, Maryland and currently has NC State as his leader. Off a recent unofficial visit to Raleigh, Matthews could be closing in on a decision as NC State is in the driver seat for his commitment. His game is similar to TJ Warren’s as he should be ranked in the top 150 once the rankings are finalized.

Edrice “Bam Bam” Adebayo from Washington, North Carolina is the main target for NC State’s front court in the 2016 class. Adebayo is still in the middle of recruitment as I wouldn’t expect a decision from him until next spring but NC State is assumed to be leading in his recruitment. Bam Bam is a consensual top 10 player in the country as his athleticism is off the charts. His recent performance at The NBA Top 100 camp was spectacular but North Carolina, Louisville plus Virginia are also trying to land his commitment. NC State was his first offer which could help land a commitment plus the fact he has mentioned playing alongside a solid point guard. Adebayo mentioned NC State’s own, Cat Barber as a point guard he would prefer to play with. If The Pack land Adebayo, he would become an instant game changer for NC State basketball in the future.

Dennis Smith Jr. is the other main target for NC State in the class of 2016. Smith Jr. is the top rated point guard in the country and is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He grew up an NC State fan plus is good friends with Bam Bam as the two have expressed playing together at the collegiate level. NC State is also considered the presume leader for Smith Jr. as he just finished a two day visit in Raleigh. Smith Jr. could drag out his announcement until the spring period but mentioned it would be ideal for him to make a commitment in the fall signing period. Smith Jr. has the impact to be ACC freshman of the year in the future since he is that talented. The Pack will continue to recruit him hard as every school in the country is fighting for his commitment. Torin Dorn and Smith Jr. would be a scary back court for NC State in the future if Smith runs with The Pack.

Other 2016 basketball targets will become more clear in the fall once prospects start taking official visits. Right now Edrice Adebayo and Dennis Smith Jr. are the two names to focus on as they also played on the same AAU with NC State player, Shaun Kirk. The coaching staff has done a phenomenal job recruiting them so far as hopefully NC State can land both of their signatures. The class of 2016 has the potential to be a significant class for NC State basketball.

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Trea Turner Update http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/trea-turner-update/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/trea-turner-update/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:34:39 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87349 Trea Turner’s professional baseball career turned one year old on Sunday.  As a gift, the former Wolfpacker finally got the long-awaited trip he’d been promised for the past six months. On Sunday, Trea Turner finally and officially became what everyone everywhere already knew he was going to be…the player to be named later in the […]

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Trea Turner’s professional baseball career turned one year old on Sunday.  As a gift, the former Wolfpacker finally got the long-awaited trip he’d been promised for the past six months.

On Sunday, Trea Turner finally and officially became what everyone everywhere already knew he was going to be…the player to be named later in the now infamous three team deal last December involving San Diego, the team that made him their 13th overall pick in last June’s draft; the Washington Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays.

For Turner, the bottom line is that he was finally able to pack his bags and book his itinerary from San Antonio (Padres’ AA affiliate) to his destination in Harrisburg (Nationals’ AA affiliate).  He exits the AA Texas league at #3 in both batting avg. (.322) and RBI’s (35), and #6 in slgpct (.471).  If he keeps up that sort of production, he could be in Syracuse (Nats’ AAA affiliate) in very short order.

Depending upon what happens with Ian Desmond, including his contract negotiations, Turner might find himself with the big club in the capital city sooner rather than later.

And in spite of all the teeth gnashing that came from red clad keyboard warriors in the months since the trade and Turner’s fate within it became public last December, both the Nats and Turner himself have had nothing but glowing praise for how he was treated by San Diego’s front office in the interim since becoming essentially a lame duck of sorts in their organization.

Nationals finally complete trade for Trea Turner (WashingtonPost.com)

“We’ve had guys going in there to scout him periodically,” [Nats’ GM Mike] Rizzo said. “We made an assignment for several of our professional scouts to make their way through San Antonio to see him play. We had evaluated him throughout the process and the Padres handled the situation perfectly. They treated him like the prospect that he is. I give him a lot of credit for not hindering his progress and his development by treating him just like any other prospect would be. My hats off to those guys. That was something that we discussed when we made the trade and they’ve done everything that we expected of him and they did things that we really in the best interest of Trea.”

 

And though he didn’t set out to do so, Turner now has a rule named after himself, which in essence modifies but doesn’t exactly overturn the “Incaviglia Rule”, which is what kept him in the SD organization until yesterday.

The rule was amended Wednesday and teams were notified this week, according to one source. Players from the most recent draft can now be traded beginning the day after the World Series, a change from the old rule, which said they couldn’t be dealt until a year after they signed.

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But by the old rules, Turner couldn’t be dealt until June 13 of this year – the anniversary of the day he signed. So the Nationals and Padres agreed to make him a “player to be named later.” Thus, Turner spent this spring at the Padres’ complex in Peoria, Ariz., working out with players who won’t be his teammates later this summer and playing for coaches who won’t be instructing him as his career takes off.

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The new rule also provides that players in the most recent draft cannot be used as players to be named later during the summer after they’re drafted. They must remain with the club that drafted them until the day after the World Series.

 

Of course, we all wish Trea the best and we’re very happy to have him back on the right coast.  Within easy driving distance.

Which kinda makes me sound like a stalker, I guess.

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Wolfpack Football “Shakes it off” http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/wolfpack-football-shakes-it-off/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/wolfpack-football-shakes-it-off/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:16:04 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87287 Mostly because I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t make sure every one of you has this song stuck in your head for a day or two. Plus, regardless of how you feel about the song or the artist, it’s hard not to smile while watching this.

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Mostly because I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t make sure every one of you has this song stuck in your head for a day or two.

Plus, regardless of how you feel about the song or the artist, it’s hard not to smile while watching this.

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