"Jaqawn signed his papers this morning at 9:00," said Statesboro head coach Lee Hill. "It's real special for him to go and play at North Carolina State and play in the ACC. It's an honor for him and for us to have a player be given the opportunity to show what they can do on that level."
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," Coach 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. He committed to the old coaching staff, but firmed up his decision over the weekend after meeting with coach Gottfried and assistants Orlando Early and Bobby Lutz in Statesboro.
"They had a coaching change and obviously we had some concerns as to whether the new staff would honor the offer to him, but they did and not it is time for him to go in there and work hard and show what he can do," said coach Hill. ""They came down and looked at him because they really hadn't seen him play much, and they honored his offer. I appreciate them giving him to the opportunity to come and be a part of that program."
Raymond is NC State's second signee in the 2011 class, joining Long Island (NY) combo forward Tyler Harris. Raleigh (NC) Word of God center Joseph Uchebo had been a member of the Wolfpack's 2011 class, but he recently was granted a release from his letter of intent by coach Gottfried.
According to coach Hill, his star player is very underrated, and he believes that Raymond will succeed on the next level.
"I know all of you care about those five stars, but they don't measure a kid's heart," said coach Hill. "Jaqawn is an honor graduate with a 3.5 GPA, and he's going to work just as hard on the basketball court. He's going to come and give them some good offense because he can shoot the ball well, and he can defend because he is very athletic.
"I think folks are going to be very surprised with him if he does the things I feel like he is capable of doing."