Baylor redshirt junior guard Allerik Freeman was in Raleigh this weekend for his first official visit, checking out NC State. He arrived on Friday and left late Sunday night.
"My family got there before me, and they had a great time with the coaches," said Freeman. "They went out to dinner, and from what I heard when I got there, they asked a lot of tough questions but kicked back and had a great time. They really loved the coaching staff and were able to have a good time with each other."
Freeman also enjoyed his time with the coaches who didn't have to really explain their style of play.
"They are laid back and real down to earth," he said. "They are people I can relate to. Coach Keatts is successful, and I was able to talk with them about basketball and learn from them. We share a lot of the same perspectives and approaches to basketball, so that was refreshing.
"They are going to do what they do. Coaches are creatures of habit so if you go back and watch how they play at Wilmington, from what he's told me,they are going to try to implement the same style."
During his time he had a chance to check on PNC Arena, the Dail Center, and the rest of the Wolfpack's facilities.
"The facilities were cool," Freeman said. "It's North Carolina State so obviously they have a lot of money. You can tell they put a lot of money into their athletic facilities. They were all nice, but I've been in school for four years so it wasn't like that mattered as much to me... it was more of a business trip, if that makes sense."
Freeman didn't have a chance to interact with most of NC State's players, but he was hosted by a potential returning sixth-year senior.
"Terry Henderson was my host," he said. "It was cool. He was a year ahead of me coming out of high school, but I remember watching him in AAU. He also went to West Virginia so I saw him play when I was redshirting. He was really cool. He's been around the program a number of years now so it was good to be with someone familiar with the program and excited about coach Keatts.
"Most of the rest were gone. I came on the weekend and not during the week, but I met Torin Dorn and had a chance to watch Lennard Freeman work out. I had a chance to meet the nutritionist, but as far as the other players, a lot of them were gone."
As a grad transfer, Freeman will enroll at the school of his choice with essentially one season of eligibility remaining, so obviously playing time and role will factor heavily into his decision. What was NC State's recruiting pitch?
"Their pitch was for me to go where I can play my natural brand of basketball," Freeman said. "That is going up-and-down, playing fast, playing aggressive, and playing off ball-screens. I should go somewhere I could have the ball in my hands and that I could be a leader, walking in there as a fifth-year guy. I feel I'm best when the game is going fast so I feel with how they play, the style fits me well."
One visit down and potentially one to go for Freeman.
"I have Pittsburgh this upcoming weekend, and I'll go from there," he said. "I've narrowed down my list. There are a couple of schools like Nevada and Middle Tennessee State that I have some interest in, but the only two visits right now are NC State and Pitt. I'm working on Santa Clara but don't have the details yet."
With that being said, NC State is in a good position.
"Definitely," Freeman replied when asked if the Wolfpack helped their chances this weekend. "It's a program that's bringing a lot of excitement with a new coaching staff. It's an exciting situation. I'm in no rush to make a decision, but I was definitely impressed with what I saw on the visit."