UPDATE: 2013 Basketball Recruiting Board

UPDATE: 2013 Basketball Recruiting Board

After landing a terrific three-man class in the fall, NC State is still in pursuit of several prospects with the spring signing period a few weeks away.

The Pack Pride Basketball Recruiting Board is in no way connected with the NC State coaching staff. This board is for our readers to remain updated with the recruitment of players who have shown an interest in NC State and/or received interest from the Wolfpack.

2013 prospects are listed according to their interest through media outlets, and various sources.

Based on the depth chart below, NC State currently has three open scholarships they can use on the 2013 class, but two others could also open up depending on the decisions Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie make following the season.

2013-2014 NC State Projected Depth Chart
Here is a look at the scholarship roster based on classes and positions.

Position Senior Junior Sophomore Freshman
PG Lorenzo Brown   Tyler Lewis Anthony Barber
G     Rodney Purvis
WG/WF Ralston Turner  
WF    
WF/PF     T.J. Warren  
PF C.J. Leslie   Kyle Washington
C/PF  
C Jordan Vandenberg   BeeJay Anya

2013 Signees
NC State signed three recruits in the 2013 class.

PG Anthony Barber []
Hometown: Hampton, VA
High School: Hampton High School
Vitals: 6-2/170

Barber, who is rated the No. 16 recruit and No. 4 point guard in the 2013 class by Scout.com, inked with NC State over offers from Kansas, Alabama, Connecticut and Florida State among others in the fall.

A five-star recruit, Barber is having a strong senior season. This week he broke the Peninsula District scoring record in Virginia, a record previously held by former Wake Forest guard Tony Rutland.

He is expected to come in and play right away for the Wolfpack.

Scouting Report: "Where Barber sets himself apart from his peers is his sheer quickness and speed. End to end you won't find many that compare to Barber. He loves to play fast and is terrific in transition. On the defensive end, when motivated, he moves his feet quite well and can be a ball hawk. He's a pretty impressive all around athlete and a guy that is tough to keep out of the lane. He's a solid passer with good vision.

"Going forward an area for improvement is his long range jump shot and strength. His shot did show some improvement this past summer and strength is something that will come when he gets to N.C. State and is introduced to their weight room on a daily basis." -- Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels

ANTHONY BARBER VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

C BeeJay Anya []
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
High School: DeMatha Catholic
Vitals: 6-9/270

BeeJay Anya was the last of NC State's signees to commit, picking the Wolfpack during the fall signing period over Indiana and several others.

Rated the No. 7 center in the country by Scout.com, Anya is ranked No. 60 overall in the 2013 class.

The four-star recruit is expected to play right away with the graduation of Richard Howell

Scouting Report: "The thing about BeeJay is he's just massive. He has this big, strong body with a huge wingspan and he uses it to impact the game on the defensive end. He really locks in on his area from a rebounding perspective and will definitely contest shots.

"Now, moving forward he will need to develop his offensive game. In high school he has overpowered defenders, but I think he'll need to develop some post moves and counter moves. He's one of the top centers in the country and will definitely help State from a rebounding standpoint in the paint." -- Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels

BEEJAY ANYA VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

PF Kyle Washington []
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
High School: Brewster Academy
Vitals: 6-9/220

Kyle Washington, a versatile post capable of playing both frontcourt positions, committed to NC State following a September official visit.

A coveted recruit, Washington picked the Wolfpack over offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Marquette, Miami, Minnesota, Notre Dame, and Ohio State among others.

Like Anya, he is expected to contribute right away for the Wolfpack. Washington is currently attending Brewster Academy, one of the top prep schools in the country.

A four-star recruit, Washington is rated the No. 12 center and No. 92 player overall in the 2013 class by Scout.com.

Scouting Report: "Kyle is a guy who I thought over the summer really made some drastic improvements. He plays very hard... really gets after it on both ends. He has a good set of hands and has developed a jump hook.

"As with all these guys he has to get stronger and continue to develop counter moves, but he has come a long way and really improved. At 6'9 he'll make plays around the basket, but most of all he just plays hard. I just love the energy he brings to the table." -- Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels

KYLE WASHINGTON VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

2013 Targets
NC State could potentially take as many as five more players in the 2013 class if they chose to do so, but they are expected to hold some scholarships for the 2014 class.

Size: 6-8/220 |

Quick Take: One of the top post prospects in the 2013 class, Randle is an aggressive low post scorer but also a willing passer and playmaker. He is so highly coveted because of his ability to impact right away on the college level.

Randle's recruitment appears to be nearing the end. He has already taken official visits to Kentucky, Florida, NC State, and Texas, and he will be visiting Kansas this weekend.

NC State hosted Randle a few weeks back, and the Wolfpack made a huge impression. He was in Raleigh when State knocked off North Carolina, is a huge fan of the Wolfpack's UCLA offense, and is close friends with freshman guard Rodney Purvis. Orlando Early is recruiting Randle for State and has worked extremely hard to keep them in the mix.

Most believe NC State, Kansas, and Texas are in the lead group at this point.

A five-star recruit, Randle is rated the No. 1 power forward and No. 5 player overall in the 2013 class by Scout.com.

List Of Schools: NC State, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, and Texas

JULIUS RANDLE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Size: 6-4/185 | NR

Quick Take: One of the top junior college players in the country, Lee is averaging 21.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. The 6-foot-4 guard is shooting 45.5% from the field, 79.5% from the free throw line, and 36.7% from three.

Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, Lee spent a year at Heat Academy (and signed with UTEP but failed to qualify) before heading to New Mexico JC.

A prolific scorer who can also defend on the perimeter, Lee holds overs from several programs but is in no rush to make a decision. His head coach, James Miller, said that Lee likely won't focus on recruiting until after his season is over, but he has already taken official visits to Colorado State and Duquesne.

NC State is in the mix. The Wolfpack have offered, and assistant Rob Moxley is heading up his recruitment. State is one of the schools closest to Lee's hometown (where he has a daughter residing), and are recruiting him very hard. The next step is securing an official visit from Lee.

"Coach Moxley is really recruiting Des," Miller said of NC State. "I think that NC State's interest is really starting to pick up. They've been on him for a few weeks, and I think this is a time of the year where they may have a hole in their roster... may start to know who is coming back, who is going.

"They are really recruiting him hard and have been very aggressive over the last few weeks. NC State is close to home, and he knows about them. They have Cat Barber going there who is from the same area of Virginia. Des know about Cat."

List Of Schools: Creighton, Miami, Auburn, Arkansas, Colorado State, Duquesne, NC State, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Washington, and Illinois among others

DESMOND LEE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Size: 6-7/220 |

Quick Take: Freeman is one of the top remaining unsigned big men, and he holds multiple high-major offers.

A terrific athlete, Freeman is a strong rebounder and competes on both ends. He is still looking to develop his offensive game and is a bit undersized, but he brings intensity and effort each time out.

NC State extended an offer to Freeman, who attends Oak Hill, in December, and the Wolfpack is in pursuit. Freeman played AAU basketball on Team Takeover with BeeJay Anya.

List Of Schools: NC State, Xavier, Temple, Villanova, Pitt, and Memphis

Size: 6-10/220 |

Quick Take: Mohamed Djitte has been on campus for both of State's big home wins, and he is seriously considering the Wolfpack.

At 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds, he is athletic and very competitive, but he has only been in the United States for a year and is raw.

"Sidy has good footwork, and he's very intelligent on and off the court," said his AAU coach, Curtis Wheeler. "He's actually a good passer, and he can make shots out to about 10-15 feet. He runs the floor, and he really competes, especially when it's against great players. On this level, I think he is a game-changer, especially on the defensive end... blocking shots and rebounding.

"Where he can improve... he can work more on his back to the basket game. Also, he can finish with dunks more around the rim, that's just not his thing. He can do it, but he just doesn't all the time. I'd like to see him do that more."

Mohamed Djitte is in no rush to make a decision. The Fayetteville (NC) Northwood Temple Academy standout is considering several offers and will likely start to take his official visits next month.

List Of Schools: NC State, Clemson, Cincinnati, Houston, and UConn among others

SIDY MOHAMED DJITTE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

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