2018 Summer Hoops Refresh - NC State

Posted on August 23, 2018, in The ACC by StLouHoo.

Welcome back to the Hoos Place 2018 Summer Hoops 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...

North Carolina State Wolfpack

Year 2 of the Kevin Keatts era commences with the first season being a pleasant surprise, though a lot of roster churn followed this spring and summer. Can Keatts keep the positive momentum with another year of heavy reliance on transfers and youngsters?

Coach: Kevin Keatts; 93-40 in 4 seasons overall, 21-12 (11-7) in 1 seasons at NC State.

2017-18 Record: Last season: 21-12 (11-7); ACCT 2nd Round (5 seed); NCAAT 1st Round (9 seed, lost to Seton Hall)

2017-18 Efficiency:


ORtg: 116.3 (21 of 351)

DRtg: 101.8 (109 of 351)


ORtg: 108.2 (5 of 15)

DRtg: 107.2 (8 of 15)


Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

PG Allerik Freeman (Grad)

PG Lavar Batts Jr. (Transfer)

SG Sam Hunt (Grad)

F Shaun Kirk (Transfer)

PF Lennard Freeman (Grad)

PF Abdul-Malik Abu (Grad)

C Omer Yurtseven (Transfer)

18 G, 34 mpg, 15 ppg, 2.4 apg, 2 topg, 38% 3p%

17 G, 13 mpg, 3 ppg, 1.5 apg, 0.6 topg, 13% 3p%

18 G, 13 mpg, 5 ppg, 0.1 apg, 0.3 topg, 46% 3p%

1 G, 8 mpg,  Not a significant contributor

18 G, 14 mpg, 5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.7 blkpg, 54% fg%

18 G, 14 mpg, 5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.3 blkpg, 47% fg%

18 G, 27 mpg, 15 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 blkpg, 54% fg%

Key Returnees:

PG Braxton Beverly (So)

PG Markell Johnson (Jr)

G/F Torin Dorn (RS Sr)

18 G, 34 mpg, 10 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 topg, 43% 3p%

14 G, 30 mpg, 9 ppg, 8.1 apg, 3.5 topg, 43% 3p%

18 G, 29 mpg, 14 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 56 2p%, 29% 3p%

Key Additions:

PG Blake Harris (4* RS Fr Transfer)

SG Eric Lockett (RS Sr Grad Transfer)


SG Devon Daniels (RS So Transfer)


G/F CJ Bryce (RS Jr Transfer)

SF Jericole Hellems (4* Fr)

PF Derek Funderburk (4* RS Fr Transfer)

PF Ian Steere (3* Fr)

PF Manny Bates (3* Fr)

F/C Wyatt Walker (RS Sr Grad Transfer)



18 G, 34 mpg, 17 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.2 topg, 36% 3p%

    Last season at Florida International

15 G, 31 mpg, 10 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.2 topg, 46% 3p%

    Two years ago at Utah

18 G, 34 mpg, 17 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 52 2p%, 36% 3p%

    Two years ago at UNC-Wilmington




16 G, 28 mpg, 13 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.9 blkpg, 59% fg%

    Last season at Samford

*Statistics based on ACC play. Projected starters in bold


2017/18 ACC Opponents:

Home & Away: Boston College, North Carolina, Pitt, Wake Forest 
Home Only: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Away Only: Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame 



The Wolfpack only bring back about half of their production, and a third of their bodies, from last year's team. But the three players returning are good ones. Torin Dorn tested the NBA waters but is coming back as a solid small-ball 4 option for Keatts' spread lineup. The pair of point guards Beverly and Johnson (the latter of whom averaged an astonishing 8 assists a game in ACC play last season) will make a fine starting guard duo with quality freshman Blake Harris backing them up. There's good guard depth at the 2 and 3 as well, where transfers Lockett, Daniels, and Bryce will compete for a starting 3-guard spot and backup minutes. Bryce was with Keatts at UNC-W and may have the inside track, but Lockett didn't grad-transfer from FIU to be a backup. The big question mark is going to be the post. While NC State can roll out 7 good options at the 1 through small 4, they don't have many great options at the 5 or traditional 4. Walker is at least experienced, but the ACC is a long way from Samford. Funderburk, Steere, and Bates are young and may need a year or two before they're ready for regular ACC minutes. As such, expect State to struggle to defend the paint and to rebound, which will force them to turn games into track meets. Their schedule sets up pretty fairly, with Pitt and Wake as softballs on the Home/Away, and Boston College a pretty fair fight, but they're going to need to punch well above their weight class with the rest of the conference to get to a .500 record or better and have a hope of the NCAA tournament again. It's not out of the question, but given the 9 new players to integrate, we're holding our breath.

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