N.C. State has been a major presence in the recruitment of four-star Class of 2017 small forward Chuck O'Bannon Jr. for the last few years.
The Wolfpack have positioned themselves in O'Bannon's top five schools as he's very comfortable with the program and head coach Mark Gottfried. N.C. State is firmly in the mix for the 6-foot-5 O'Bannon along with Cal, Texas, UCLA and Washington.
"They started recruiting me a long time ago. They were one of the first schools that started recruiting me. So we've always had a special bond," O'Bannon said of N.C. State. "Coach Gottfried is a great guy. I took an unofficial out there in August, really enjoyed it. I loved everything about the campus. I loved the way they played and Coach Gottfried lets his guys go, so I like that."
Even though O'Bannon clearly has some good feelings towards the program, he's currently open among his top five schools.
"Really every school that is recruiting me [is even]," O'Bannon said. "I want to see all of my options recruiting me."
O'Bannon has taken a couple of unofficial visits to see the schools on his list, but he doesn't have a plan when it comes to official visits. When O'Bannon ends up deciding on a school, he has a few things that he's looking for.
"The play style, the coaching -- and location does matter -- but not distance, just weather. Nothing extreme, nothing too cold," O'Bannon said.
The start of the spring has been a bit of a struggle for O'Bannon and his Las Vegas Prospects teammates in the Nike EYBL as the team is off to a 2-5 start. O'Bannon is averaging 20.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 41 percent from three-point range.
"Overall, I feel like I'm playing decent but it's not enough for what we're doing right now as a team," O'Bannon said. "Right now we're 2-5 after second session and we need to pick it up before the final two sessions."
O'Bannon is currently regarded as the No. 49 overall prospect in Scout.com's Class of 2017 national rankings.