NC State landed a huge commitment today when Concord (NC) Robinson 2017 point guard Lavar Batts Jr. committed to the Wolfpack.
"Coach Keatts was recruiting Lavar for a long time when he was at Wilmington," said Batts' father and coach, Lavar Batts Sr.. "Lavar had his release, we just didn't want to put that out publicly because of the media attention, but coach Keatts came down and we had a nice meeting. We liked everything he had to say to us about the situation at NC State.
"Lavar just felt that he had a great relationship with coach Keatts. We've watched them play for two years at Wilmington and got to know him well."
According to his father, Batts has long been a fan of the NC State program.
"He loved NC State from the beginning," said Batts Sr. "He's always loved NC State and that program. Coach Lutz and coach Moxley, they all loved him too, but I guess coach Gottfried had a different opinion because he never pulled the trigger on an offer. We was right behind the bench when they beat Duke, went to football games, and Lavar told me that was where he wanted to go. He would have committed to NC State first if they had offered.
"But, God works in mysterious ways. Maybe it was mean to be for coach Keatts to end up at NC State and for Lavar to now end up at NC State."
Batts, a four-star recruit, originally signed with VCU but was released from his letter of intent after Will Wade left VCU for LSU. At 6-foot-3 he has great size and athleticism for the position, and his father discussed his game.
"He's going to push the ball and play with tempo," said Batts Sr. "He's going to attack the rim, and he's a good all-around player who will get out and defend as well as play on the offensive end. He's a leader on the floor as well.
"He needs to continue working on his shot and we've done that, but he needs to get it more consistent. Coach Keatts's teams compete very hard and I think that's what he expects out of Lavar. He wants him to get after people and play at a high level in the ACC."
According to Mr. Batts, Lavar and his family will take a visit to Raleigh once the dead period is over, and they are all in on NC State.
"Coach Keatts was extremely excited when we told him the news," said Batts Sr. "He said it made his day.
"Wherever Lavar went, we'd all be happy for him. We wanted him in the best situation. Personally I didn't care where he went as long as he stayed focused and put everything I taught him into motion. I believe he'll definitely do that at NC State."
Pack Pride will have more from Batts on his decision so stay tuned.