Raymond Plans to Meet Gottfried

Statesboro (GA) standout Jaqawn Raymond committed to NC State in early March following an official visit to Raleigh. The spring signing period begins this week... will he ink with the Wolfpack?

Statesboro (GA) standout Jaqawn Raymond committed to NC State in early March following an official visit to Raleigh.

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

However, just days later, Lowe resigned as head coach at NC State, and Raymond, who couldn't sign a letter of intent until April 13th, wondered how it would impact his recruitment. With that being said, he feels like his commitment was to NC State and not necessarily the previous coaching staff.

"I'm still committed to NC State," said Raymond. "It's in the ACC, and that is the best conference to play in. Plus, the city was nice. I met some fans when I was there, and I could tell they love basketball. For me it was more about the school and the league than the coaches, even though I liked them."

Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Raymond averaged 23 points, six rebounds, and three steals as a senior, leading Statesboro to a 20-10 record and a playoff appearance.

"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 hasn't had a chance to meet with new Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried, but plans to do so this week. While he can sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, he is waiting to meet with Gottfried before making his commitment official.

"The signing period starts Wednesday, but I'm going to wait and talk to him first," said Raymond. "I've only had a chance to talk with him for a minute or two on the phone, but he is supposed to come down this week to see me, I think Saturday, so we'll talk more then.

"I want to hear what his plans are, but the main thing is I want to make sure he still wants me... and if I'm going to keep my scholarship. That's why I want to talk and meet with him."

Raymond admits that he doesn't know a whole lot about Gottfried, outside of the little he has heard about his success at Alabama.

"I don't know too much," he said. "All I know is he was head coach at Alabama when they were No. 1 and he led them deep in the tournament a few times."

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

He will be playing in a local all-star game on April 23rd and participated in the Mo Mentorship All-Star Classic last month.

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

"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."

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