Raymond Signing This Week

Statesboro (GA) guard Jaqawn Raymond met with the NC State coaching staff over the weekend, and he left the meeting knowing that his scholarship offer would be honored and he will be playing his college ball in Raleigh.

Statesboro (GA) guard Jaqawn Raymond met with the NC State coaching staff over the weekend, and he left the meeting knowing that his scholarship offer would be honored and he will be playing his college ball in Raleigh.

"The coaches, they came up and met with me on Saturday," said Raymond. "I played some pickup with my teammates and then we sat down and talked about my scholarship since I had committed to the other coaches and not them.

"Basically, coach left it up to me to decide. He told me to talk it over with my mom, but they wanted to let me know that I still had my scholarship offer."

The spring signing period actually began last Wednesday, but Raymond will have waited a week before he finalizes his commitment.

"I'm signing at my school on Wednesday," he said. "I've talked it over with my mom, my coach, and the coaches. That's where I want to be at, NC State."

Raymond indicated that he was impressed with NC State head coach Mark Gottfried and assistants Bobby Lutz and Orlando Early. All three coaches came up to meet with him Saturday morning before heading back to Raleigh for the Wolfpack's spring football game.

"They are very honest," said Raymond. "They are trying to sign the best players they can because they want to win a national championship. I understood where they were coming from because they hadn't seen me play so I knew it wasn't going to be automatic that they would honor my scholarship.

"Now that I know I'm going to North Carolina State, I plan on going in there and working hard because I want a chance to play."

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."

NC State has just three returning scholarship guards for next season in sophomores Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown and senior C.J. Williams. Raymond has a chance to come in play right away for the Wolfpack.

"That's what I'm hoping to do," he said. "I know I've got to work hard and that's what coach said, whoever works hard and earns it they will play. It's really up to me."


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