High Point (NC) Wesleyan center Ian Steere visited NC State last month and raved about the trip. However, NC State didn't offer Steere, a four-star recruit, a scholarship at the time.
"Coach Keatts said he's been watching me for a while, even back when he was at Wilmington," Steere stated after the trip. "He said he loves my game and wants to watch more of me in July before offering. He told me that he didn't want me to take it as a bad sign that he hasn't offered yet, but he wants me to get to know them and vice versa because it's a two-way street and he's trying to recruit certain types of guys to NC State."
The opportunity for Steere to be seen by coach Keatts and his staff came about this past weekend at the Wolfpack's team camp. He made the trip to Raleigh with a local AAU team and spent four days playing in front of the coaches. His play led to a scholarship offer from Keatts.
I went up to a team camp at State and coach Keatts and the staff were watching me a lot," said Steere. "They offered me a scholarship the next day. I feel like I played at a very high level. They told me back when I first visited that they were watching me but wanted to see more of me in July so this was an opportunity for them to do that.
"The coaches talked about how they are losing a bunch of post players and that I'd have a chance to play a lot as a freshman. They also want to keep as many North Carolina kids in the state as possible. That was really a pitch."
Steere is an athletic post who can finish at the rim and contest shots in the paint. He rebounds his area and is developing a mid-range game. His play had already led to offers from Kansas, Clemson, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Maryland, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Florida State, UConn, Pitt, and Creighton among others.
The Sanford (NC) native was thrilled to pick up an ACC in-state offer.
"That was everything in North Carolina," said Steere. "Growing up playing basketball, you liked those local ACC schools and watched those schools. It is exciting to that opportunity from an in-state school."
What did Steere think of spending four days in Raleigh on NC State's campus?
"It was nice," he stated. "I got more of a feel of the campus. I think I spent four days there so I got to see a lot more than on my unofficial visit."
Steere now will turn his attention to the July period with Team Charlotte. He won't take anymore visits until August but added that there is no timetable to make a decision.
"I'll decide whenever I feel the most comfortable," he said. "I feel I'm getting close. I don't want to rush, but I don't want to wait too long either. I'm looking to be 100% comfortable w th my decision.
"I want to make the right choice based on fit. I want to go where I'll play and get a chance to have a starting position or play a decent amount my first year."
Steere, a four-star recruit, is rated the No. 9 center and No. 76 player overall in the 2018 class by Scout.com.