Cerasoli's Recruitment Adding Another School?

Could the N.C. State Wolfpack try and get back into the race for Guard Justin Cerasoli? <P> Rumors are swirling that just may be the case, and Justin's certainly interested.

Last weekend, Cerasoli reportedly put on a show at the Las Vegas Big-Time Tournament. He was named to the All-Tournament team and a host of coaches, including N.C. State's Herb Sendek and Larry Harris, were on hand.

"I was glad to see them there," Cerasoli said. "It makes me feel good to know they are interested in me and I've liked N.C. State for a long time. Early on, they were right at the top of my list and I was going to take another unofficial visit down there, but then they got the guy from Georgetown so they backed off."

Well, apparently the Wolfpack are trying to get back involved with the versatile guard from Illinois. He's had a terrific summer on the AAU circuit and is now considered a consensus top-30 recruit. N.C. State has taken notice of his recent surge and the versatility that he presents.

"I can tell you that they were at all of Justin's games and seemed to like what they saw," Paul Cerasoli, Justin's father, told us.

After a great sophomore season where he led the Wolfpack in scoring, 6'6 swingman Julius Hodge could in fact look towards the NBA if he has another banner year. With that being said, Cerasoli feels if he inked with the Wolfpack, he could certainly fill the role of Hodge.

"Yes I think we are similar players. I'm a good enough ball-handler and shooter to play his role, and I think I'm versatile like he is. I can play any of the three backcourt positions and anywhere a school needs me to."

After such a strong summer, Justin's recruitment is wide-open, so team's like N.C. State have the opportunity to jump back in the Cerasoli sweepstakes.

"I'm still wide open on my recruitment, but the ones I had been looking at are Seton Hall, Villanova, Ohio State, Memphis, and Georgia Tech. I like the ACC alot, the Big East, SEC... pretty much any of the bigger conferences."

"Playing time's going to matter to me and if I feel like I can go into a school and play as a freshman then I'm sure that I'll look at them."

Cerasoli, who plans on making a decision and signing in the Fall, is not sure if he will take all five official visits, and does not have a leader at the moment. However, we have learned that he still has heavy interest in the Wolfpack.

"I like N.C. State because it's in the ACC and when I went down there for an unofficial visit I had a good time. They give their backcourt alot of freedom to do things and that's my style. They also have good coaches and it's a good school."

If N.C. State does indeed turn up the heat, they could become a major contender for the versatile guard Justin Cerasoli.

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