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It is no secret that a point guard like Jahvon Quinerly is Tony Bennett's number one priority recruit in the 2018 class.  Quinerly is the type of alpha guard Bennett has been chasing for years, and might be the best of all of them.  The young man from Hudson Catholic in New Jersey and Sports U AAU is elite at the three things you want from a point guard: getting to the rim and finishing; distributing the ball; and three-point shooting.  Other prospects being recruited by the Hoos have similar abilities.  David Duke, Devon Dotson, Jaelin Llewellyn, Marcus Zegarowski, Andrew Nembhard, among others - all can get to the rim or hit the three and all are excellent distributors of the basketball.

A point guard like Quinerly - or Duke or Dotson or Llewellyn or Zegarowski or Nembhard - is key to Bennett being able to run the type of spread offense he has talked about admiring from Golden State.  Quinerly would be the Curry in that equation, with his ability to break ...

Welcome back to the Hoos Place 2017 Offseason Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

NC State Wolfpack

The Wolfpack are the only ACC program changing out head coaches this offseason. As with most programs firing a coach, some degree of disarray and rebuilding is to be expected. But how bare is the cupboard for new head coach Kevin Keatts?

Coach: Kevin Keatts: 72-28 in 3 seasons overall; no record at NC State;

2016-17 Record: 15-19 (4-14); ACCT 1st Round (14 seed)

2016-17 Efficiency:

National:

ORtg: 112.6 (45 of 351)

DRtg: 107.6 (229 of 351)

ACC:

ORtg: 102.8 (12 of 15)

DRtg: 118.4 (15 of 15)

 

Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

PG Dennis Smith, Jr (Pro)

SG Terry Henderson (Grad)

SF Maverick Rowan (Pro)

PF Ted Kapita (Pro)

C Beejay Anya (Grad) 

Key Returnees:

PG Markell...

Contrary to popular belief, it is not against the Bennett Rules to shoot the ball in the first ten seconds of the shot clock

In working on State of the Nation Part V, I went to the archives thanks to Fight Club and unspooled the February 28, 2013, Joe Harris-led upset over #3 Duke.  Breaking down the video was an wonderful little exercise within the context of current issues with the program.  I teased out several thematic threads from the game, not least of which was in watching Jontel Evans play.  The more I saw of Jontel, the more I thought of Nigel Johnson, whose meager Rutgers highlight reel I had recently digested.

The more I watched Jontel Evans, the more I saw how Coach Bennett envisioned using Nigel Johnson

Watching Evans run isolation and slice through the defense, watching him and Akil Mitchell wear Duke out with pick-and-roll, put the sword to the whole "Bennett's offense won't let a point guard create with the dribble" mantra everybody believes.  I was watching Jontel Evans do it.  Four years before it became a big issue.  Watching Evans play was ...