Claxton Talks NC State Offer

NC State is the latest school to offer Legacy Charter (SC) standout forward Nic Claxton.

Legacy Charter (SC) standout forward Nic Claxton plays with Team South Carolina and SC Raptors Elite on the AAU circuit, and this past weekend he was in Dallas at the adidas Uprising with Team South Carolina.

"Well, we went 1-3," said Claxton.  "We played inconsistent and was missing a player, but I thought I did well individually.

"This weekend we'll be back on adidas in Atlanta.  Team SC and the Raptors, we're basically a mix of players so we can play together at different tournaments."

Checking in at 6-foot-10, Claxton has a unique skillset.  Thin and long, he has range to the 3-point line and can score from mid-range. 

"I view myself as more of a wing," he said.  "I'm real versatile and that can pose a lot of problems for other teams on offense and defense." 

He also grew up around the game of basketball.  Nic's father, Charles Claxton, was a 7-foot center at Georgia, averaging 11 points and seven rebounds during his four-year career (1991-1995).  Nic grew up a fan of his father's alma mater, but doesn't feel any pressure to follow in his footsteps.

"I grew up liking Georgia, but I'm wide open," said Claxton.  "There's no pressure to go there because my dad did.  He wants me to find the best fit."

Claxton certainly has options.  He already held offers from Baylor, Georgia, Maryland, Florida State, and South Carolina prior to the first evaluation period.  He then added an offer from Texas A&M before NC State joined the mix with an offer Tuesday evening. 

"NC State came to all my games this weekend and really liked how I played," he said.  "Coach Pierre was there... he recruited Jawun [Evans] to Oklahoma State from our AAU team when he was there."

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried called Claxton to inform him of the scholarship offer and give an initial pitch.

"Coach Gottfried said that he likes my game and I'm real versatile," Claxton stated.  "He wants me to go there and help them knock off some of the schools in the ACC."

What does Claxton think of the NC State offer?

"It meant a lot," he said.  "I know they are up-and-coming. They have Dennis Smith coming in, and they are looking to turn things around and make some noise in the ACC."

Claxton added he is in no rush to make a decision and maintains there is no leader.

"I'm going to be looking for a school I can go to and play," said Claxton.  "I want to go to a school that wants me and will have good academics."

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