FELLS COMMITS TO NC STATE

Courtney Fells only needed one visit. To Raleigh. <P>

Courtney Fells only needed one visit. To Raleigh.

The 6-5, 190-pound Shannon High (Miss.) senior wing, who burst onto the scene at the Kingwood Classic in April, is one of the top outside shooters in the country and committed to the Wolfpack on Sunday. He took an official visit to N.C. State last month and was blown away.

``I knew what I wanted to do the whole time," Fells said. "I didn't want to waste other schools' time. I just wanted to get it done so that other schools could fill their spots."

Fells becomes the first commitment in the Class of 2005.

"I love how the coaches are at N.C. State with the players every day," he added. "They check on you and make sure you go to class. The education is good and I like the coaching staff."

Fells returned from team camp at Mississippi last week and has a jam-packed July which includes ABCD Camp, an all-star game in Jackson, Miss., a trip to Las Vegas with the Magnolia Stars and then the summer concludes with the AAU Nationals with the Lighthouse team.

``I feel like I'm at home when I'm there," Fells said of the N.C. State campus. "If I feel that way, that's where I need to be. It's a great school."

Fells, a 3.47 student who averaged 20 points in his junior campaign and was also the starting quarterback a year ago, also considered taking a visit to Georgia Tech and was also looking at Ole Miss. However, in the end, he felt extremely comfortable with the Wolfpack coaching staff and the environment. Alabama, LSU, and Mississippi State were all in the mix – but Fells had essentially eliminated all of them a couple weeks ago.

``It's been amazing how things changed after Kingwood," he added. "I'm still humble and trying to get better."

``In the beginning, I was really liking the recruiting process," Fells said. "As it was going on, it got a little tiring. That's not why I committed, though. I committed because I believe in my heart this is where I should be."


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