Iowa Wing Forward Has NC State's Attention

Jimmy Binnie may not have the national rep of guys like Corey Brewer, Roy Bright or James Mays, but he's earned himself a spot on the Wolfpack's priority evaluation list for next month.

The Johnson (Iowa) High 6-6 ½, 190-pound wing forward is an excellent defender who can shoot the ball from the perimeter and has made a name for himself in the spring while playing with Hank Huddleson's Martin Brothers program.

Binnie excelled at the recent Memorial Day Classic in Bloomington, Ind., leading the Martin Brothers to a surprising title while putting up 17.4 points in pool play. Binnie led the team with 18 in the title game, a 73-61 victory over the Illinois Warriors.

Binnie averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a junior and will attend the Nike All-American Camp in July. He'll also travel to the Peach Jam, the Super Showcase and the AAU Nationals with his AAU team.

"I play anywhere from the one to the four, but I think I'm more of a two at the next level," Binnie said.

Binnie mentioned N.C. State right atop his current list of favorites, but the Wolfpack wouldn't have an easy task in landing Binnie, who is also interested in his home-state Iowa Hawkeyes. Binnie is also considering Wisconsin and Marquette.

"The most important thing for me will be how I get along with the coaching staff and the players," he added.

For now, Binnie is concentrating on getting ready for July, where he is hoping to solidify his position as a high-major national recruit. In the meantime, he picked up a job working at a golf driving range.

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