Top Recruits Visit Raleigh
Sunday was a productive day for North Carolina State basketball. Dealing in the present, the Pack defeated North Carolina on the heels of a win over Duke earlier in the week. In regards to the future, it was a big recruiting afternoon in a great college basketball atmosphere at the RBC Center.
Herb Sendek and his staff rolled out the red carpet for no less than 8 recruits on Super Bowl Sunday. The extra large gathering of prospects focused solely on the future and underclassmen that the Pack is showing interest in.
The Pack had one recruit in the building who is already earmarked for a locker in Raleigh. Junior power forward Cedric Simmons was near courtside for the contest. He committed to the Pack before the start of the school year.
Making the furthest trip for an unofficial visit was Illinois junior guard Justin Cerasoli. The West Aurora senior watched the game with his father. Cerasoli was a prime time performer at the KMOX Shootout. In addition to NC State, he's been to an Ohio State game this year.
Nanesmond River point guard Marquie Cooke, a serious Pack target, came up from Suffolk, Va. Cooke is receiving serious recruiting attention from NC State, Kentucky, Georgetown and Virginia. He'll be on display at Thomas Leachman's Richmond Slamfest this coming weekend.
Making the trip north were two teammates from the sophomore class. South Gwinnett's Louis Williams and Mike Mercer were in the stands along with their high school coach. Williams is having an exceptional season and is one of the best scorers in the Class of 2005. Williams is also hearing from the Tar Heels.
Lynchburg, Va., is the new home to 6-4 sophomore swingman Jose Garcia. The native of Angola and current resident of Belgium came to the United States five months ago. Since that time, he's posted serious numbers at Holy Cross Regional, visited Wake Forest and Virginia to watch hoops games and somehow mastered the English language.
Garcia will be in Charlottesville in a few weeks for the Cavs game with Florida State and sometime in February he'll watch a North Carolina Tar Heels game in Chapel Hill. In the meantime, you can continue to expect him to post big numbers. In his last game against Benedictine, he scored 31 points to go with 16 rebounds.
Garner junior forward James Mays had the shortest trip of all the Sunday recruits. Mays is having a fine season for the Trojans. Another in-stater, sophomore Jason Battle from New Hanover, was also in attendance.