'I'm Ready'

Shannon (MS) High star Courtney Fells suffered a setback midway through his senior season, but that didn't stop him from ending his high school career with a bang.

"I had a concussion early and I missed some games, but after that I averaged over thirty a game," Courtney Fells told Pack Pride. "People were telling me I wasn't playing at my potential and after that injury I made it a point to play as hard as I could every night. It was kind of scary, but overall it made me a better player because I learned to not take any plays off and go after it all the time."

Fells, a super 6'6 swingman who signed with NC State in November, finished the year averaging nearly 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists a game. After signing with an ACC program, he knew entering the season that he would get the opposition's best effort every night out.

"Everybody was pumped up everytime they played us," Fells said. "I guess they felt they wanted to show they could play an ACC player, but I love those challenges and it made me play better."

Following a playoff loss where he scored 35 points, Fells high school career is now over, but he still has another game to play in before heading to NC State. He was selected to play in the annual Commonwealth Classic, an all-star game based in Richmond, Virginia that pits the state's top high school players against elite national competition.

"I'm playing in the Commonwealth Classic and it's on April 1st," Fells said. "I'm just excited to be able to play in any game. It didn't really matter to me which all-star game it was."

"I wanted to play in the McDonald's game, but I don't think people saw enough of me," he added. "It doesn't really matter to me though. I know I can play with all of those guys."

Fells has had a chance to watch NC State play several times this season on television.

"One night they will be shooting well, and the next night they won't," he said. "I think if I keep my jumpshot straight then I'll be able to get some playing time and help when I come in."

Months after making his commitment official, is Fells still happy with the decision he made?

"No doubt about it," he said. "I just wish I could be down there now. That's about the only problem I would have with it."

Additional Notes: Fells also stated that he will likely take an unofficial visit to NC State after playing in the Commonwealth Classic on the 1st of April. He is fully qualified to play as a freshman.

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