Five-Star Classic: Wolfpack Prospect Updates

<b>Boston, MA.--</b> This past weekend the Five-Star Classic was held on the campus of Northeastern University. StateFans was able to catch up with a few Wolfpack targets to find out how their recruitment is going.

After a month-long absence due to mono, David McClure returned to the court this past weekend at the Five-Star Hoop Classic in Boston.

The smooth Connecticut swingman is still considering N.C. State, although it will be a major coup for the Wolfpack if they can gain ground with McClure's co-leaders, Duke and Notre Dame.

The Blue Devils and Irish – both of whom McClure has taken official visits with – are clearly the frontrunners. He has also taken an unofficial to Villanova.

"I still want to make my decision by the end of this school year," said McClure. "I want to visit Villanova and N.C. State or Florida State, but the problem is that I can't make official visits once school ends. The problem is that all the colleges are out now and I wouldn't really get to meet the players and see the atmosphere."

McClure played well in his first tournament since the Providence Jam Fest (R.I.). He didn't log a ton of minutes, but he displayed his usual mid-range game, strong rebounding skills and a knack for filling up the stat sheet.



Marquie Cooke, who is arguably the Wolfpack's top point guard target, was also in attendance in Boston.

Cooke is one of the strongest floor leaders in the nation and is nearly unstoppable at getting to the basket, but he needs to work on his perimeter shot.

Cooke maintains that Virginia and N.C. State are his two leaders at this point, but he rattles off a list that also contains Georgetown, Florida State, Miami, Charlotte, UConn and Michigan State.

"I really love the campus and the coach at N.C. State," Cooke said.

"The most important thing to me is being able to trust the coach," he added of choosing between several shools. "I also want to look at the players they have coming in."

Cooke's summer school will include the U.S. Olympic Festival, NBA Players Association Camp, Nike All-American Camp, Peach Jam and AAU Nationals.



Now that Maryland has fallen down the list a bit, it appears that a new leader has emerged for Rudy Gay.

The 6-8, 210-pound junior forward, who will also attend the U.S. Olympic Festival and the Nike Camp, isn't set on the Terrapins these days after a recent pickup of forward James Gist.

Syracuse is likely the current leader for Gay, who also mentions N.C. State, Indiana, Arizona, Marquette, UConn and Villanova as possibilities.

"I've got to get it down to five schools and that's going to be real hard," Gay said.

"I like N.C. State because they're in the ACC. I think I can come in and get immediate playing time. They aren't as big right now and I think if I work on my game, I can get them to a higher level."

The only schools that Gay said he will definitely take official visits are Syracuse and UConn.


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