O'Bannon: "I Really Enjoyed It"

Bishop Gorman (NV) wing Chuck O'Bannon Jr. discusses his recent NC State official visit.

Last weekend was huge for NC State, as the Wolfpack hosted a couple of official visitors, including four-star wing Chuck O'Bannon Jr.  One of NC State's top remaining targets, O'Bannon Jr. left impressed with what he saw.

"I really enjoyed it," he said of the visit.  "The coaches... they showed me a lot when I was there.  It was a big visit for me."

O'Bannon quickly responded when asked what was the highlight of his trip.

"Primetime [With The Pack]," he stated.  "That was the highlight... easily that.  Honestly, we don't see stuff like that on the west coast. The environment and atmosphere, the fans... that was a lot of fun."

The Wolfpack's relationship with O'Bannon and his family is lengthy.  Mark Gottfried coached his father, Charles O'Bannon, at UCLA. The elder O'Bannon played for the Bruins from 1993-1997 and was a starter on the program's 1995 national championship team.  He averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds during his career and was drafted No. 31 overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1997 NBA Draft. 


"If I ask about the past and all that he'll tell me, but my dad is letting me make the decision," said O'Bannon Jr.  "He was at NC State with me, and I know he liked it a lot too."

O'Bannon Jr. also got a chance to interact with the Wolfpack's players.   

"They were all real cool guys," he said.  "[Laughing] They talked a little funny, but they were all cool."

Prior to leaving campus he spent time with coach Gottfried and the staff.  They wanted to discuss with him about how he could potentially fit if he picked the Wolfpack.

"The meeting was great," said O'Bannon Jr.  "They said I would be a perfect fit, and that the offense relies a lot on the wings.  They believe I could come in and help them out."

Decision time is almost here for O'Bannon Jr.  He's already taken official visits to NC State, UCLA, and USC, and he will be taking a trip to Texas on November 11th.  After that visit he will finalize his choice and announce, but he doesn't have a date scheduled.

"No leaders," he said.  "I'll be looking at playing time, playing style, college atmosphere and the coaching staff.  Those will be the major factors."

O'Bannon is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 82 player overall in the 2017 class by Scout.com.

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