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Pack Insider: NC State Signee Jalen Lecque NBA Mock Draft Update
NC State 2019 signee Jalen Lecque is going through the NBA Draft Process, and has until June 10th to pull his name out of the hat. Lecque participated in the NBA Combine last week on the first day, but opted out of competition the next day. Everyone assumes that Lecque and his camp were pleased with his performance, and didn't want to taint that image.
Here's a rundown of where Lecque sits in the most recent Mock Drafts:
Sports Illustrated - 2nd Round, #41 overall, Atlanta Hawks (Updated 5/20)
NBADraft.net - 2nd Round, #57 overall, New Orleans Pelicans (Updated 5/15 at 2:01pm)
Sporting News - Top 50 - Unlisted (Updated 5/20)
Tankathon - Undrafted
Net Scouts Basketball - Undrafted (Updated 5/15)
While I think the likelihood of Lecque being in Raleigh next year is slim, I still am concerned for his future success in the NBA.
Backing The Pack: Is NC State back on the right side of the hosting bubble after taking UNC series?
At the very least, NC State put itself back into the discussion for hosting an NCAA tournament regional when it took two of three from North Carolina. The Tar Heels are also battling for one of the last hosting spots, and there's a pretty good chance the Wolfpack just hopped past them in the pecking order.
Tournament field projections haven't been updated this week, but prior to the weekend, both D1Baseball and Baseball America had the Heels as one of the last teams getting a hosting bid. They'll probably be replaced by NC State in those projections this week.
Pack Insider: Markell Johnson UPDATE, Working Out for Hornets Today
NC State Point Guard Markell Johnson is working out for the Charlotte Hornets today.
Johnson worked out for the Hawks on April 30th, after deciding to go through the NBA Draft Process on April 5th.
With one year of eligibility left, Johnson has until May 29th to decide whether he will return for his Senior season.
According to my sources, Johnson is expected to be back next year. In fact, I was told he met with the team last week to inform them of his plans.
With that being said, Johnson is getting the most out of this process.
Pack Insider: NC State Draws Two Night Games in Pool Play in ACCT
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Baseball Championship field is set, as NC State will be the three seed and top seed in Pool C along with sixth-seeded Florida State and No. 10 seed Wake Forest. The Wolfpack will take on the Demon Deacons Thursday and the Seminoles Friday, and both games are slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch.
This year's event will be held in Durham, N.C., at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Durham Bulls, Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Backing The Pack: NC State rolls to 11-0 win over Carolina
Like Dave said on Friday, these dudes are mad, oh and also they remember getting swept at home by the Tar Heels last year. So they've spent the last couple game working through all of that shit, and hopefully they're still mad despite blowing out UNC twice.
State won 11-2 on Friday and took there series with an 11-0 win on Saturday evening. If not for a heroic effort by UNC freshman Aaron Sabato, who hit for the cycle Thursday, this might have been a clean sweep.
But this was well-earned regardless, and maybe it earned NC State a hosting spot in the NCAA tournament.
Pack Insider: NC State 2019 Signee Jalen Lecque has Highest Vertical at NBA Combine
2019 NC State Men's Basketball Signee Jalen Lecque is participating in the NBA Combine this week. To no one's surprise, Lecque posted the highest vertical leap.
Lecque measured out at 6'2.5", 185.2 pounds, with a wingspan of 6'8.5".
Pack Insider: 5-Star SG Jaden Springer Includes NC State in Top-11
2020 5-Star Shooting Guard Jaden Springer (6'4''/195) revealed his Top-11 schools earlier this week, and NC State made the cut alongside UNC, Florida, Wake Forest, Auburn, Maryland, Memphis, Tennessee, Villanova, Kansas and Texas.
ESPN ranks Springer as the #10 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #1 player in the state of Florida. Rivals and ESPN rank Springer as the #3 Shooting Guard in 2020.
NC State offered Springer all the way back on August 24th, 2017.
Springer plays for IMG Academy down in Bradenton, Florida.
Head Coach Keatts and crew have consistently been in attendance at Springer's games, and the top prospect has made an unofficial visit to Raleigh in the past.
Pack Insider: Vikings Sign C Garrett Bradbury to 4-Year Deal
Former NC State Center Garrett Bradbury was drafted 16th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft last month by Minnesota, and the Vikings managed to ink a deal with him in 3-weeks time.
Bradbury, the 18th overall pick, signed a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option. His contract is expected to be worth nearly $13 million with a $7.4 million signing bonus and count $2.34 million against the 2019 salary cap.
Bradbury is the first interior lineman drafted in the 1st round by the Vikings since Randall McDaniel in 1988.
"It's awesome to get it done," Bradbury said.
Backing The Pack: NC State basketball season review: Braxton Beverly edition
Previously on Wolfpack hoops review:
One thing we learned for certain this past season is that growing a beard is good for your basketball game, or bad for it, or neither. But it's one of those.
Braxton Beverly's efficiency declined a smidge in his second college season, but he was essentially the same player that we saw in 2018. This year he upped his workload a bit and also ended up handling more of the point guard duties.
Beverly led everybody on the team in minutes this year and with his expanded role attempted 63 more three-pointers than he did as a freshman.
Reno Gazette Journal: Lindsey Drew announces return to Nevada Wolf Pack for senior year
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At least three Wolf Pack veterans will return to play for first-year coach Steve Alford this fall.
Point guard Lindsey Drew announced via Twitter that he will return to play for Nevada during the 2019-20 season. His tweet, addressed to the official Nevada Wolf Pack basketball Twitter account @NevadaHoops, consisted of a highlight reel followed by brief text reading, "I'm back."
Drew was a three-year player for the Wolf Pack - starting 92 of 99 games - before suffering a gruesome Achilles injury late in the 2017-18 season.
Pack Insider: Athens Drive PG Chase Graham Joins NC State as a Preferred Walk-On
With the commitment of UKMC Graduate Transfer Danny Dixon today, and the recent commitment of JUCO Transfer Atticus Taylor, here's a look at NC State's projected 2019-20 Men's Basketball roster.
1-Year of Eligibility LeftSenior Point Guard Markell Johnson
Redshirt Senior Guard CJ Bryce
Graduate Senior Power Forward Pat Andree
Graduate Senior Center Danny Dixon
2-Years of Eligibility LeftJunior Guard Braxton Beverly
Junior Point Guard Blake Harris
Redshirt Junior Guard Devon Daniels
Redshirt Junior Forward DJ Funderburk
Redshirt Sophomore Guard Thomas Allen (Transferred from Nebraska.
ESPN.com: NBA draft lottery deep dive: Rankings, odds and intel
The 2019 NBA draft comes with the debut of new odds throughout the lottery (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) -- giving more teams a reasonable chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick and a chance to select consensus top prospect Zion Williamson.
There are huge stakes throughout the lottery. Landing No. 1 could completely change a franchise. There will be a debate at No. 2 between Murray State's Ja Morant and Duke's RJ Barrett, and team fit could ultimately settle things. Multiple teams in the lottery are holding on to protected or traded picks.
ESPN.com: Kawhi Leonard's series-ending buzzer-beater sends NBA Twitter into a frenzy
Kawhi Leonard wins Game 7 for the Raptors with a buzzer-beating jumper that bounces off the rim multiple times. (1:21)
With more drama than any scripted TV show could provide, Kawhi Leonard ended the Eastern Conference Semifinals in stunning fashion. His series-winning buzzer-beater -- coming just seconds after he missed a free-throw that would've given his team a 3-point lead -- hit every part of the rim before falling, giving the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
It seemed like all of the NBA was watching and waiting to see if Leonard's shot would fall, and when it finally did, the tweets came fast and furious.
Backing The Pack: NCAA men's basketball rules committee proposes moving 3-point line to FIBA distance
Some of the experimental rules in place during the NIT this season appear on the way to being implemented across college basketball. One of them is an extended three-point line: the NCAA rules committee is recommending pushing it back to a little over 22 feet, which is the distance used by FIBA.
The committee argues in part that this will slow "the trend of the three-point shot becoming too prevalent" in college basketball. I don't think there's a problem currently and I doubt this would really alter three-point attempt rates, but whatever.
Another proposal would have the shot clock resetting to 20 seconds following an offensive rebound rather than the full 30.