One of the new players that NC State is involved with in the Class of 2017 is Texas native and point guard R.J. Nembhard.
With the addition of new assistant coach Butch Pierre, the Wolfpack have made the 6-foot-4 guard from Houston Hoops an early priority, as the NC State staff has been in touch.
"Well, Coach Butch from Oklahoma State was the one who was recruiting me hard. When he went to NC State, he said I was the first one that he wanted to get out of the 2017 class to come from Texas," Nembhard told Pack Pride. "That means a lot, so Coach Butch has been on me hard. The head coach is looking to build a relationship with me too."
The relationship is just beginning for NC State with Nembhard, but it's quite clear that he's very familiar with Pierre. Now, Nembhard's goal is to learn a bit more about NC State as a program and what they're about.
"[I don't know] too much," Nembhard admitted. "I know they're in a great conference in the ACC. Once I get up there, I'll get a better feel for things."
Nembhard is being recruited by high-major programs from all over the country. He mentioned that Baylor, Cal, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, SMU Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and Virginia Tech were some other programs strongly involved. He doesn't have any visits currently set up, but he has a little bit of an idea of what he's looking for when it comes to a visit agenda.
"Official visits, I'll probably go outside the region," Nembhard said. "I haven't set the date for any official visits yet, but I've been taking some unofficials and stuff like that.
"I'll probably take an official [to NC State] during the summer after July."
During the first two sessions of the Nike EYBL, Nembhard has been working to adjust with playing with a loaded Houston Hoops team that includes five-star wings Jarred Vanderbilt and Billy Preston. Despite the team's talent on paper, they've sputtered to a 2-5 start.
"I think I've played pretty well. Staying steady at the point position and leading my team. It's been okay the first two sessions, I'd like to get some more wins," Nembhard said.
Through seven games of EYBL play, Nembhard is averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists per game for Houston Hoops. Although he plays a bit of both guard spots with Houston Hoops, Nembhard said that most college coaches see him as a point.
"The coaches, they want me as a point, but I can stretch to the two whenever. But I'm being recruited as a point," Nembhard said.
"[I bring] a little bit of everything. I'm mostly a playmaker, getting my teammates involved. Being able to get mine whenever."
Nembhard is still sifting through all of the recent interest and scholarship offers and he's still wide open in the process. He'll likely wait to cut his list and could decide this fall.
"Probably in the next few months I'll cut my list and hopefully I'll decide before the signing period," Nembhard said.
Nembhard is currently regarded as the No. 58 national prospect in the country as Scout.com views him as the No. 13 overall point guard.