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

Beejay Anya to Commit Nov. 16

Beejay Anya says he’s “wide open” but will commit to a school Nov. 16.

“I’m completely wide open at this point,” the 6-foot-8 Anya  out of DeMatha Catholic told SNY.tv Wednesday night by phone. “Right now I’m completely wide open. Any school that’s recruiting me is fair game.”

Still, he said he has a date in mind to commit.

“I’m committing Nov. 16  at DeMatha [for] Midnight Madness,” Anya said.

Anya told SNY.tv Monday that he was down to N.C. State and Indiana, and said he has no plans to take any additional visits at this time. To read more of this story, click here

Beejay Anya Down to N.C. State, Indiana

B.J. Anya is down to N.C. State and Indiana and says he likely will choose from among those two schools sometime in the coming weeks.

“As of right now,” he told SNY.tv by phone Monday morning. “That might change, but I doubt it.”

The 6-foot-8 center from DeMatha Catholic took an official to N.C. State over the weekend and said he really enjoyed it.

“It was cool,” he said. “The coaches were cool. I got to spend more time with the team [than on his unofficial visit]. I like them a lot.” To read more of this story, click here

Beejay Anya to Visit N.C. State

Coming off an official visit to Indiana last weekend, DeMatha Catholic big man Beejay Anya will take an official to N.C. State beginning Friday.

Anya previously told SNY.tv that he has a few connections to the Wolfpack.

Anya said N.C. State commits Anthony “Cat” Barber and Kyle Washington have been in his ear.

“They were both on my [Nike] Global Challenge team,” Anya said of the Wolfpack’s newest commits. To read more of this story, click here

Woodson Visits N.C. State; Baylor, Oklahoma Up Next

Dominic Woodson, the Rivals No. 2 center in the Class of 2013, visited N.C. State for Midnight Madness this past weekend and heads to Baylor and then Oklahoma next.

“It was good,” the 6-foot-10 1/2, 295-pound Woodson told SNY.tv by phone Monday night. “I just chilled, went with the players, met all the coaching staff and just went around the campus and stuff.

“I really liked it.”

Woodson said head coach Mark Gottfried told him the bigs will be involved in the offense. To read more of this story, click here

Parker to Visit Duke, Anya to Trip to N.C. State

Adam Zagoria

As reported earlier today on my Twitter, two of the top prospects in the Class of 2013 — Jabari Parker and Beejay Anya — will take key official visits to ACC schools at the end of October.

The 6-foot-8 Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013, will take an official visit to Duke the weekend of Oct. 27, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

Duke and Michigan State have long been considered the frontrunners for the Chicago Simeon forward. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Washington to N.C. State; Clark to Virginia Tech

 

Kyle Washington is off the board.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy committed to N.C. State Sunday morning during an official visit.

He also considered Ohio State, Washington and Iowa State.

“Yes, I did,” he told SNY.tv by phone. “Just the coaching staff, a litle bit of new and old school. Larry Farmer, Coach Orlando [Early], Coach [Mark] Gottfried, all those guys are great. To read more of this story, click here