Raymond Talks Commitment

Statesboro (GA) senior guard Jaqawn Raymond told Pack Pride last week that if NC State extended an offer while he was on campus for his official visit he likely would commit to the Wolfpack.

Statesboro (GA) senior guard Jaqawn Raymond told Pack Pride last week that if NC State extended an offer while he was on campus for his official visit he likely would commit to the Wolfpack.

Raymond landed his offer and gave his word to the NC State coaches on Sunday.

"When I talked to coach Harris and met with coach Lowe, that's when I knew I wanted to commit," said Raymond. "It's a nice campus, and they play in what I think is the best conference in the country."

Raymond averaged 23 points, six rebounds, and three steals as a senior, leading Statesboro to a 20-10 record and a playoff appearance. According to Hill, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is a versatile guard who leads on the floor.

"He had a great year," Statesboro head coach Lee Hill previously stated. "I play him at the one and the two... he was a great offensive player for us. He can shoot the three, and he's very athletic. He's a strong outside shooter, and he plays good defense... a true combo guard.

"Jaqawn isn't our biggest vocal leader, but he leads with his play on the floor. He works extremely hard, and he has a high basketball IQ."

"I'd say shooting the ball and finishing in transition is what I do best," Raymond said. "I need to improve my handles and defensive technique, that's about it."

Raymond held offers from Furman, Jacksonville and College of Charleston prior to committing to the Wolfpack.

What did he like about his visit?

"I had a lot of fun," Raymond said. "I liked that it was a good town and a nice area where people care about basketball. They had great facilities and a lot of different majors I could be interested in.

"The arena was real big, like a NBA arena, and I can go play in the practice facility anytime I want to. Probably the best part of the trip was being with the coaches and players. They are good people... always smiling, and they seem to have good chemistry."

He is expected to add depth at the guard position as NC State will currently return just three scholarship guards next fall.

"Playing time really was a factor for me," he said. "I know that I can go in and if I work my butt off I'll play sooner than later."

Joining Raymond on the visit was his mother and younger sister, who both drove up from Statesboro to check out Raleigh. In fact, his sister, Shanqwa Buie, is a talented basketball player as well. Just a freshman, Buie was a major contributor on Statesboro's girl's team that finished the year 26-4 and in the state's Elite Eight.

"She loved it too," said Raymond. "She can play for sure... hopefully she'll be there with me later on. I know coach Towe told the NC State women's coach about my sister and how she can play."

Raymond is happy to have his college decision behind him. He'll play in a local all-star game on April 23rd and plans to enroll at NC State over the summer after inking in the spring signing period.

Solid in the classroom, Raymond said he hopes to major in Engineering or Sports Management.

"I was really happy to commit," he said. "Now I can focus on finishing my senior year strong." "He's a special kid," said coach Hill. "He's a good student. He has a 3.5 GPA and has scored a 21 on the ACT so he has he grades. You don't have to worry about his grades, and he wants to major in Engineering which is a strong field.

"He has the same high IQ on the basketball floor. He's been a three-year starter for us. He's one of those kids that you don't have to worry about on or off the court."

Raymond is the third commitment for NC State in the 2011 class, joining fall signees Tyler Harris and Joseph Uchebo.


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