Charlotte native and four-star Class of 2018 wing Jairus Hamilton continues to be a major recruiting priority for NC State and new head coach Kevin Keatts and the Wolfpack coaching staff.
The 6-foot-8 Hamilton has stressed over the last few weeks that NC State has showed a lot of love when it comes to recruiting him as he hears from the team's coaching staff.
"They want me hard. They want to build the team around me," Hamilton said. "I've talked to Coach Keatts a lot. I talk to all of the assistants. All of them have my phone number."
Hamilton is starting to develop more of a relationship with Keatts over time as NC State continues to pursue him like a No. 1 target.
"I like him a lot. They talk about me being the guy on the team," Hamilton said of Keatts. "They talk about me being the go-to guy like I'm the No. 1 priority right now. It's very nice to hear that and stuff. They just love my game. They see me as a guy who can be a two and a three. Even run some plays if I want sometimes. I like what they're talking about."
N.C. State's pitch to Hamilton has started to register a bit as he sees the program having a similar plan of how he envisions his future.
"It means that they have a bright future for me and they see a future as bright for me as I see for myself," Hamilton said. "So it's really something I like to hear, but it's something that makes me want to keep working hard."
Besides for N.C. State, Hamilton mentioned Arizona, Duke. Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Wake Forest as still being in the mix. The Blue Devils joined the other in-state schools in offering Hamilton a scholarship last week, but he's still trying to wait and see what comes of recruiting before forming any kind of list.
Hamilton could look to also take some local unofficial visits in June, but nothing has been decided yet.
Hamilton has spent this spring playing with the Georgia Stars in the Nike EYBL as he continues to look like one of the most versatile players in his class. Capable of playing multiple spots on the floor, Hamilton has shown a developing skill level to go with good size on the wing as he currently checks in as the No. 45 overall prospect in the Class of 2018.