63 overall and the No. On Tuesday evening, NC State added its name to the mix for the Durham (N.C.) Bull City Prep power forward. After getting two Top-100 combo guards in the 2020 class, adding another in 2022 in Epps could set the Pack up for the future with an immensely talented backcourt. "I put importance on offense and defense because I'm not concerned with 'showcasing my talents' or anything like that, I'm just focused on getting the dub. Click Here to become a FREE registered user and Click Here is you are already a VIP subscriber. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. (Photo: Nick Faulkner/Pack Pride, 247Sports), Subscribe to the Pack Pride newsletter here.

He's now the No. Much like nearly every other high school athlete, Jai Smith had to wait for his opportunity to get back on the court this past summer on the AAU circuit. Read more, Live updates and analysis from NC State's first home football game in month, a rare showdown against neighboring ACC rival Duke at Carter-Finley Stadium. You can follow us for future coverage by clicking "Follow" on the top righthand corner of the page.

Jun 15, 2020 Monday was the first day in which college basketball coaches were allowed to have unlimited contact with recruits in the Class of 2022.

Verbal Commits - NC State Wolfpack Basketball Recruiting Scholarship Chart: Roster, Offers, Commits, Targets, Rankings The 2020-21 NCAA basketball season is just around the corner, and ESPN’s Dick Vitale recently released his annual preseason top 40. NC State has continued to work on recruiting Rice even throughout his injury last fall, but it's hard to get a feel on where Rice might end up once he gets back on the court. I’m loving it.”. Whatever that is, I'm willing to do it.". Yet another intriguing wing in the 2022 class is Noah Batchelor, who comes in at No. Though the competition is stiff with Indiana and Ohio State offering, Phillips said the Pack is another school that has made it clear it wants Phillips in the 2022 class. "I love those guys, coach Keatts and all of them, so I'm extremely honored to receive an offer from them," the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward said. 1 site covering the Wolfpack. Along with the coaching staff, Smith also knows the current and future players with the program in 2020 signee Nick Farrar and 2021 commit Breon Pass. Read more, An NC State defense that forced four turnovers last week at Virginia figures to have more opportunities to take the ball away today against a Duke team that has coughed the ball up 19 times in its first five games this season. Comments (4) ">247Sports Both are coaches Smith said he can easily relate to and he's built a strong bond with each of them. It's a group that includes five-star prospect M.J. Rice of Oak Hill Academy, who told Jason Jordan of SI All-American that “the best part of June 15” is that it marks the day that the “most important relationship” throughout the recruiting process begins to form.

"Just come in and make an instant impact with my size and style of play.

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He calls himself an underdog and that's perfect for me because I relate to that, too.". 1 player in North Carolina and No.

Smith's lead recruiter throughout the process has been James Johnson, but he said Keatts and JJ have been on him hard since the start.

Rice is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing who was averaging 25 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game before suffering an ACL tear as a sophomore last season at Durham Academy. In the latest update from 247Sports, McKneely climbed all the way up to No.

Due to other players rising in the rankings, Shawn Phillips moved down 10 spots to No. Not a VIP subscriber to Pack Pride?

If there was an AAU season, Jayden Epps very well could have been one of the biggest risers in the entire 2022 class with his skillset at the point guard position. Among the other players that have reported having contact or receiving an offer from Keatts are (with the newest additions first): These are players are likely just the tip of the iceberg, so check back for updates as more players report their contact with Keatts. Of those schools, Kansas is the only program that hasn't offered Smith at this point.

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It is free and a great way to get daily updates on NC State football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and more delivered straight to your inbox. Coming in at 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, Phillips has the look of a true anchor center written all over him. Read more, NC State overcame by far its worst first half of the season and an injury to quarterback Devin Leary to grit out a 31-20 win against Triangle rival Duke to improve to 4-1 for the season. 1 in West Virginia. The 2022 recruiting board is still taking shape for NC State basketball, but there are several players who have already received offers in the class. 161 via the 247Sports Composite, which also arranges him as the No. 31 power forward and the No. 10 center in the country. Much like Bradley, Rice has taken his talents out of the state and will suit up for Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill next season. Click Here to become a FREE registered user and Click Here if you are already a VIP subscriber. NC State offered back on June 28 and has some work to do with Batchelor's recruitment. Read more, Here is what NC State football coach Dave Doeren said after the Wolfpack rallied in the second half for its third straight victory -- a 31-20 win against Duke at Carter-Finley Stadium. Neal, a 6-0, 165-pound four-star point guard from West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla. De'Ante Green, a 6-9, 205-pound power forward from The Christ School in Arden, Jaden Bradley, a 6-2, 160-pound five-star point guard from Concord and The Cannon School. Currently, Smith said he's being recruited the hardest by State, Kansas, Memphis, Houston, Wake Forest, Marquette, Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia Tech over the last few weeks.

Jayden Epps, a 6-1, 170-pound point guard from King's Fork High School in Sufflok, Va. McKneely recently said NC State is one of three schools making him an early priority, so the hope for the Pack is to get him on campus whenever the time comes and remain near the top of his recruitment. While the Pack is going to have some stiff competition, Kevin Keatts has taken over his recruitment for State and is making the 6-foot-10 target a priority. Read more, NC State enters the national rankings at No. 1 site covering the Wolfpack.

Taylor ranks as the No. Virginia Tech, Providence, Arkansas and Texas A&M. Sign up for FREE text alerts to get breaking news on commitments, decommitments, transfers, injuries, coaching changes and much more with our NEW text alert system available to all all registered users and VIP subscribers. "They're both really good guys and they're really funny. 64 in the overall rankings. Subscribe to the Pack Pride newsletter here. 12 small forward in the 2022 class and No.

It is free and a great way to get daily updates on NC State football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and more delivered straight to your inbox. Much like Green, McKneely was a prospect NC State started recruiting as an unranked prospect by most recruiting sites. Read more, Everything you need to know about Saturday's ACC matchup between NC State and Duke at Carter-Finley Stadium. After getting two Top-100 combo guards in the 2020 class, adding another in 2022 in Epps could set the Pack up for the future with an immensely talented backcourt. Within the 2022 recruiting cycle, Smith is rated No. Coach Keatts has a track record with players like Montrezl Harrell, Devontae Cacok and D.J. So like most of his colleagues around the country, NC State's Kevin Keatts was busy working the phones and the internet talking to some of the game's best rising juniors. Monday was the first day in which college basketball coaches were allowed to have unlimited contact with recruits in the Class of 2022. 23 in the AP Top 25 after improving to 4-1 with a win against Duke on Saturday.

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