NC State men's basketball head coach Kevin Keatts announced the signing of guard Lavar Batts to a national letter of intent Wednesday. Batts will join the Wolfpack basketball program for the 2017-18 season.
"I'm ecstatic to have Lavar Batts joining our program," Keatts said. "He is a player that we have seen grow and improve through his high school career, and I couldn't be more excited to have him be the first recruit we sign at NC State. He is a quality young man that comes from a great family.
"Lavar is the prototype for what we look for – great character, athleticism, speed, strength, aggressiveness – in a player for our system."
Batts is ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout and is listed as the top-ranked player in the state of North Carolina by 247Sports and Rivals.
The consensus four-star recruit played for his father, Lavar Batts Sr., at Jay M. Robinson high school. Batts ended his prep career as the all-time leading scorer by a public-school player in Cabarrus County history with 2,174 points.
Batts led his team to the state quarterfinals as a senior, averaging 23.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He was a first-team North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-State team selection, as well as a first-team Charlotte Observer All-Region pick.
As a junior, Batts averaged 20.7 points, 5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game to lead J.M. Robinson High School to the North Carolina Class 3A State Championship. Batts had 16 points and the game-winning assist in the Bulldog's 59-55 win in the state championship game. He was named the game's most outstanding player. He was a first-team NCBCA All-State selection and was the South Piedmont Class 3A Conference Player of the Year.
Batts closed his prep career by being named the North Carolina MVP of the Carolinas Classic and was the MVP and slam dunk champion of the CabCo Classic All-Star game.
Batts played on the AAU circuit for Chris Paul's Team CP3.