Lennard Freeman to N.C. State

N.C. State continued to rebuild for the future Monday when it secured a commitment from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) power forward Lennard Freeman.

The 6-foot-8 Freeman announced his commitment on Twitter.

Freeman, who averaged 10.1 points and 7.8 rebounds at Oak Hill,  also considered Villanova, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, UAB and DePaul

“He’s a fast-developing four man who can step out to 15-17 feet and also put it on the floor and drive it,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told SNY.tv. “He scores inside with both hands and is a tenacious rebounder and a defender who can guard multiple positions.” 

N.C. State lost five key players to graduation, transfer and the NBA Draft, and now will look to replace them with Freeman, point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, power forward Kyle Washington, center Beejay Anya and junior college guard Desmond Lee, who averaged 20.3 points at New Mexico Junior College.

The Wolfpack return freshman wing T.J. Warren and freshman point guard Tyler Lewis, who also played at Oak Hill.

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5-11 G Damon Lynn of Union Catholic, a 2nd-team All-State selection in New Jersey, has committed to NJIT over LIU, Quinnipiac and Fairfield.

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N.C. State’s Purvis, Trio of Mountaineers to Transfer

 

N.C. State freshman guard Rodney Purvis and a trio of West Virginia Mountaineers are all transferring.

Aaron Brown, Volodymyr Gerun and Mount Vernon, N.Y., native Jabarie Hinds are all leaving Bob Huggins‘ program, the school announced.

Purvis, whose transfer was reported by NewsObserver.com, is a McDonald’s All-American who averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds this season.

He confirmed the decision on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon. To read more of this story, click here

N.C. State’s Leslie, Brown to Declare for NBA Draft

7783648N.C. State juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown will both declare for the NBA Draft, an N.C. State source told SNY.tv.

The Brown news was first reported by CBSSports.com, and confirmed by the source, who added that Leslie will also declare.

The 6-foot-9 Leslie averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds this past season. He is projected as the No. 35 pick by DraftExpress.com.

The 6-5 Brown averaged 12.6 points and 7.2 assists and is listed as the No. 29 pick by DraftExpress.com.

The Wolfpack also lose seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood, but bring in another solid recruiting class featuring point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, power forward Kyle Washington and big man Beejay Anya.

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Randle Watches N.C. State Put On a Show

Julius Randle watched N.C. State put on a show against North Carolina.

With the 6-foot-9 Randle on an official visit, the No. 18 Wolfpack cruised past the arch-rival Tar Heels, 91-83, in ACC action Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

“It’s a significant win for us,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said. “To get where you want to be as a program, you have to take certain steps to get there. This was a big one for us.”

Five players reached double-figures for N.C. State, including point guard Lorenzo Brown, who played brilliantly in putting up 20 points, 11 assists and five turnovers. To read more of this story, click here

Randle to Headline Weekend Visitors to N.C. State

Julius Randle will headline a list of visitors to N.C. State beginning Friday.

The No. 18 Wolfpack hosts ACC rival North Carolina on Saturday.

“My next visit will be to N.C. State the weekend of Jan. 26, and I cannot wait to get down there to hang out with the coaches and my boy Rodney (Purvis),” the 6-foot-9 Randle out of Prestonwood (TX) Christian wrote on his USA Today blog. “I talk to him all the time and he tells me about how he’s doing and things like that. The whole team and staff seem pretty close, so I really like that.”

N.C. State already has an impressive 2013 class that includes point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, who will also visit this weekend, power forward Kyle Washington and center Beejay Anya. To read more of this story, click here

Big Upside for N.C. State Freshmen Going Forward; Julius Randle Still Slated to Visit Pack in January

NEW YORK — N.C. State’s talented freshmen trio were not at their best during Tuesday night’s victory over UConn in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

T.J. Warren (pictured), Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis — all former McDonald’s All-Americans — combined for just nine points, five rebounds and two assists in the 69-65 victory.

But as the Wolfpack attempt to challenge for an ACC regular-season championship and an NCAA Tournament run going forward, the three frosh could play increasingly key roles alongside veterans C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, Lorenzo Brown and Scott Wood.

“They’ve barely tapped where they’re going to be throughout the year,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said of the freshmen. “I think their upside is tremendous. They’re still learning what we’re doing.” To read more of this story, click here

Tyler Roberson to Syracuse; Meeks to North Carolina; Anya to N.C. State; Hamilton to UTEP; New ESPN Top 10 Class Rankings

The Tyler Roberson Sweepstakes is over.

The 6-foot-8 small forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic picked Syracuse on Friday over Villanova and Kansas.

“They’re going into the ACC next year which is a really good conference,” Roberson said on ESPNU as he pulled out a Syracuse shirt.

“And coach [Jim] Boeheim is one of the best coaches in college basketball and they’re just a really good college team.” To read more of this story, click here