A Dream Comes True

Chris Corchiani Jr. let it be known on Twitter a few days ago that he had elected to walk-on at NC State, and he finalized that decision Tuesday afternoon when he met with Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried.

Chris Corchiani Jr. let it be known on Twitter a few days ago that he had elected to walk-on at NC State, and he finalized that decision Tuesday afternoon when he met with Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried.

"That meeting was great," Corchiani Jr. said. "I went over after school and talked with coach Gottfried and coach Early, and we just kind of went over what's expected of a walk-on. Coach Gottfried talked to me about coming in and getting acclimated to college this summer.

"I've known coach Gottfried for a long time, and he's seen me play a lot. He said that he's always thought I was a tough competitor and had the all-in mentality he's looking for. He told me that he's really excited about me walking on, and he knows that I'm going to bring energy whenever I can."

The decision was simple for Corchiani Jr. He knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, Chris Corchiani, the best point guard to ever play at NC State.

The elder Corchiani departed NC State as the NCAA's career leader in assists (he now ranks second) with 1,038, becoming the first player in NCAA history to break the 1,000 assist plateau.

"My mom and dad attended NC State so they were really excited about my decision," Corchiani Jr. stated. "They would support any decision I made, but I knew they were going to be excited if I chose to walk-on at State."

Corchiani Jr. had some scholarship options from smaller programs, but he felt like pursuing his dream.

"I never really fell in love with any of the schools recruiting me," he said. "Growing up a diehard State fan and having State in my blood, I felt it was the right place for me.

"Before I transferred to Ravenscroft I played at Broughton with Cam, coach Gottfried's son, so I got to know coach Gottfried, and he talked to me about being a preferred walk-on early on. I knew it was an option. I feel really comfortable with doing that."

Corchiani Jr. averaged 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists as a senior for Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft. He added that having a father who also played point guard was beneficial growing up.

"That was definitely key for me," he said. "We played the same position and have the same body type so I could always go to my dad for basketball advice and know that what he's telling me was true.

"He taught me so much... things like how to be mentally tough and not to ever back down from anyone even if I might be smaller. He told me to always play with a chip on my shoulder. That's what I try to do."

What type of a player is Corchiani Jr.?

"I really like to attack the rim offensively, and I have a pretty good three-point shot," he stated. "But, I'm more of a pass-first point guard. I like to get into the lane, and I think I'm surprisingly quick... I'm pretty quick.

"Defensively, I have a lot of pride there. I like to get after it. When I'm on the scout team I'm going to try and push the starters and scholarship guys as much as possible."

This summer Chris Corchiani Jr. is set to enroll at NC State, and in November he will run out on the PNC Arena floor as a member of the Wolfpack.

"Just thinking about it... it's unbelievable," he said. "That's something I've always dreamed of growing up, being able to play basketball at NC State.

"To be honest, I don't know what it's going to feel like. All I know is I can't wait to do it."


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