Mississippi Swingman Favors N.C. State Early

Kyle McAlarney came out of nowhere as one of the Wolfpack's top recruiting targets – and Courtney Fells isn't far behind. <P>

Kyle McAlarney came out of nowhere as one of the Wolfpack's top recruiting targets – and Courtney Fells isn't far behind.

Prior to this past weekend, when the Shannon High (Miss.) 6-5, 190-pound junior wing went off in front of a packed gym of college coaches at the Kingwood Classic, Fells was getting letters from Oklahoma State, Florida State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and Texas Tech.

This past week the schools stepped up – not only in numbers.

Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech came in to meet with Fells. He even took an unofficial trip down the road to Mississippi State. So far, the offers have come from N.C. State, Mississippi, Mississippi State and LSU.

But one school already stands out as the clear leader: N.C. State.

"At this point, I'm going with N.C. State as my leader," Fells said. "I just feel more comfortable with their style of play. Their academic program is strong and plus, I'll play in the ACC against some of the top players in the nation."

Fells, a 3.47 student, is a dead-eye shooter who knocked down eight trifectas in a game this past weekend. He averaged 20 points as a junior and also was the starting quarterback on the football team – although he gave up his career on the gridiron to concentrate solely on basketball.

McAlarney, a point guard from Staten Island (N.Y.) who also came out of relative obscurity, will visit the Wolfpack next Wednesday and Thursday – and Fells plans to take an official visit less than 24 hours after McAlarney's departure.

"I'm going to visit next weekend," said Fells. "I'm really looking forward to it, but there's no way I'll commit on my visit. I want to wait and make sure I make the right decision."


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