Pack Pride Basketball Recruiting Board

The July evaluation period is here, and NC State is looking to finish the 2009 class with a bang. With at least two scholarships available, the Wolfpack hopes to add quality depth by landing top-notch players in the 2009 and 2010 classes.

The Pack Pride Recruiting Board is in no way connected with the NC State coaching staff. This board is for our readers to remain updated with the recruitment of players who have shown an interest in NC State. Players are listed according to their interest in NC State through various media outlets. We will update this board throughout the recruiting year when new information is reported.



Class of 2008 Signees



G/F C.J. Williams

C.J. Williams

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
High School: Jack Britt High School
Vitals: 6-5/190
Schools of Interest: NC STATE SIGNEE

Williams Profile: As a senior, Williams played some point guard for Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt as he averaged 15.7 points, seven rebounds, and 3.5 assists in leading his team to the 4A East Regional Finals. He also chipped in 61 blocks for the Bucs.

He finished his career at Jack Britt with 1,488 points, 648 rebounds, 195 blocks, 182 steals, 236 assists, 107-of-300 3-pointers (36%), 263-of-366 free throws (72%), and 559-of-1097 field goals (51%). Williams is the all-time leader in Jack Britt High School history in points, rebounds, and blocks and he is near the top in steals and assists.

He signed with NC State over offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina among others.



G Julius Mays

Julius Mays

Hometown: Marion, Indiana
High School: Marion High School
Vitals: 6-2/180
Schools of Interest: NC STATE SIGNEE

Mays Profile: Julius Mays was one of the most productive prep players during his career at Marion (IN) High. The 6-foot-2 combo guard led the Giants to the state title game, where they lost on a basket at the buzzer.

As a junior, Mays averaged 19.6 points and 4.6 assists while shooting 46% from the field, 42% from 3-point range, and 82% from the foul line. He was tabbed Conference Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year, all-conference, all-region, and he was a first-team all-state selection.

Mays made an early commitment to NC State, verbaling to the Wolfpack prior to the first game of his junior season. A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, he verbaled to NC State over early offers from Indiana and Xavier. Cincinnati, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Penn State were expressing heavy interest.


Class of 2009 Commitments



G Scott Wood

Scott Wood

Hometown: Marion, Indiana
High School: Marion High School
Vitals: 6-6/180/20 PPG
Schools of Interest: NC STATE COMMITMENT
AAU Team:
SYF Players
Notable Events Remaining: Milwaukee, WI: NY2LA Sports Next Level Invitational (7/6-7/8), Indianapolis, IN: Best of the Midwest (7/13-7/15), Orlando, FL: AAU Super Showcase & Nationals (7/20-7/31)

Wood Profile: Wood drained 86 shots from behind the 3-point line for the season and finished at 44.3 percent on the year. He set the school's career record for most 3-pointers made and has another year left to improve on the mark. He finished the year shooting 45.4 percent on all field goal attempts and averaged 15.7 points a game, and missed five games with a deep leg bruise.

Prior to his injury, he was averaging 20 points per game and leading the Giants in scoring and rebounding.

Playing this spring and summer with the SYF Players, Wood has had several big tournaments. He led his team to the state AAU title, and was named MVP of the GBOA North Tournament.

Wood committed to NC State earlier this season after considering offers from NC State, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, St. Louis, and Butler among others, and he had received heavy interest from Pittsburgh, Florida, and Indiana.

Wood is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.


Class of 2009 Targets



G Lorenzo Brown

Lorenzo Brown

Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
High School: Centennial High School
Vitals: 6-4/180
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), Memphis (offer), Florida (offer), Texas (offer)
AAU Team: Lou Will Elite/WorldWide Black
Notable Events Remaining: Peach State Summer Classic (7-11/7-13), Orlando, FL: AAU Super Showcase & Nationals (7/20-7/31)

Brown Profile: Brown is ranked the No. 8 shooting guard and No. 29 overall by Scout.com in the 2009 class.

Brown had an extremely busy June. After returning home from Memorial Day weekend's Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Brown traveled to Portland, Oregon for a tournament, to Winston-Salem for Chris Paul's Skills Academy, to NC State for the Wolfpack's Elite Camp, up to Richmond for the NPBA Top 100 Camp, and back to Atlanta where he played with Lou Will Elite in the GBOA South Tournament.

Taking some summer school courses to stay on track academically, Brown's July is a bit slower as he'll play in the Peach State Summer Classic and the AAU Showcase and Nationals in Orlando.

On the recruiting front, NC State remains the team to beat with Memphis, Florida, and Texas behind the Wolfpack. Brown could be looking to make a decision at the end of the month, but he might wait until the fall before announcing. Stay tuned!



PG John Wall

John Wall

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Word of God Academy
Vitals: 6-3/180
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), Memphis, (offer), Kansas (offer), Kentucky (offer), Oklahoma State (offer), Miami (offer)
AAU Team: D-One Sports/Carolina Ravens
Notable Events Remaining: LeBron James Skills Academy (7/6-7/8), Peach Jam (7/12-7/15), Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26)

Wall Profile: Rated the No. 1 point guard and the No. 3 player overall in the 2009 class by Scout.com, John Wall has had a huge spring. He already has a host of scholarship offers and more will come as the process extends.

With NC State being the hometown school, the Wolfpack are certainly in the mix. Wall has already taken a few unofficial visits to NC State and is developing a relationship with the coaching staff.

As it stands now, he will be making a late decision, possibly after his senior season. NC State appears to be a major contender, along with Memphis, Kentucky, Oregon, Baylor, and Oklahoma State.



F/C Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
High School: South Atlanta High School
Vitals: 6-9/220
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), Duke (offer), Florida State (offer), Georgia (offer), Georgia Tech (offer), Auburn (offer)
AAU Team: Atlanta Celtics
Notable Events Remaining: Cincinnati, OH: Adidas Take 5 Classic (7/6-7/8), Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26)

Favors Profile: The crown jewel of the 2009 class, Favors remains the No. 1 prospect in the country according to Scout.com.

NC State has been recruiting Favors for a long time, and have made him a priority in the post. However, it will be a battle to land his signature, as he is coveted by nearly every program in the country. In-state programs Georgia Tech and Georgia are believed to be major contenders, although Favors has never publicly named a leader.



F Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Ravenscroft School
Vitals: 6-10/200
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), North Carolina (offer), Wake Forest (offer), Georgetown (offer), Vanderbilt (offer), Notre Dame (offer), Virginia (offer), Virginia Tech (offer), Davidson (offer)
AAU Team: D-One Sports/Carolina Ravens
Notable Events Remaining: Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26)

Kelly Profile: What a difference a year makes! After entering the spring of his junior year as a mid-major player, Kelly has blossomed into one of the elite players in the 2009 class.

Kelly's emergence as a high-major target has come about because of his toughness in the post, ability to score from the perimeter, and the fact that he keeps growing.

As a sophomore Kelly averaged 14.5 points and nine boards for Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft. Tabbed Conference Player of the Year as a junior, Kelly led Ravenscroft to a 24-6 record by averaging 24 points and ten rebounds a game.

A local recruit for NC State, it will be hard keeping him in Raleigh. A host of programs are heavily involved, and Kelly maintains that he is wide open.



C Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Ravenscroft High School
Vitals: 7-0/225/
Schools of Interest: NC State, South Carolina (offer), Davidson (offer), UNC-Wilmington (offer), Clemson (offer), Southern Cal (offer)
AAU Team: United Celtics
Notable Events Remaining: Cincinnati, OH: Adidas Take 5 Classic (7/6-7/8), Peach State Summer Classic (7-11/7-13), Orlando, FL: AAU Super Showcase & Nationals (7/20-7/31)

Wilson Profile: A late-bloomer, Wilson is coming on strong following a big spring.

Wilson began his prep career playing three years at Raleigh (NC) Millbrook High School before reclassifying and transferring to Ravenscroft. Last year was his first with the Ravens, and if you ask Wilson he'll tell you he didn't play up to his potential.

"It was my first year at Ravenscroft, and I was just getting used to the system," said Wilson. "I think a lot of times during the year I was thinking more about what I was supposed to do instead of just going out there and playing. It kind of hurt my confidence.

"I think when you look at the big picture I probably didn't play up to my potential as well as I should have. I am now comfortable in our system, and people have seen it at these team camps. I think next year is just going to be completely different for me as a player at Ravenscroft."

NC State is heavily involved after Wilson turned in a strong performance at the Wolfpack's team camp. Others in the mix include South Carolina, Davidson, and UNC-Wilmington.

Wilson is currently rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com.



F Karron Johnson

Karron Johnson

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
High School: Mt. Zion Christian Academy
Vitals: 6-7/205
Schools of Interest: NC State, Memphis (offer), Miami (offer), Virginia (offer), Seton Hall (offer)
AAU Team: Richmond Squires
Notable Events Remaining: Cincinnati, OH: Adidas Take 5 Classic (7/6-7/8), Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26)

Johnson Profile: Johnson is a combo forward capable of impacting the game on both ends of the floor. He's tough, athletic, plays with a mean streak, and demands attention.

Hailing from the same school that produced Tracy Smith, expect Johnson to get a strong look from the Wolfpack. Academically he has to stay on track, and the majority of programs continue to track his maturation on and off the court. Talent-wise, he can play with anybody.

Johnson is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 15 power forward in the country by Scout.com.



F Tristan Spurlock

Tristan Spurlock

Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
High School: Montrose Christian
Vitals: 6-8/215
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), Virginia, (offer), Clemson (offer), Georgetown (offer)
AAU Team: Boo Williams
Notable Events Remaining: LeBron James Skills Academy (7/6-7/8), Peach Jam (7/12-7/15), Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26)

Spurlock Profile: Being recruited by Pete Strickland, Spurlock is capable of playing both forward positions.

A strong spring led to a good list of scholarship offers, and it appears he'll take some visits before deciding.

Teams believed to be heavily involved include Virginia, Georgetown, NC State, and Clemson.



F Richard Howell

Richard Howell

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
High School: Wheeler High School
Vitals: 6-8/215
Schools of Interest: NC State, Michigan State (offer), Tennessee (offer), Marquette (offer), Virginia Tech (offer), Auburn (offer), and Oregon (offer)
AAU Team: World Wide Orange
Notable Events Remaining: Cincinnati, OH: Adidas Take 5 Classic (7/6-7/8), Peach State Summer Classic (7-11/7-13), Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26)

Howell Profile: A very solid player, Howell is a combo forward who plays with a strong basketball IQ and does a lot of the little things.

He was tracking as an elite prospect early in his career, but a knee injury sidelined him and he's rounding his game back into shape.

Howell attends J.J. Hickson's old high school and plays for his AAU team... NC State will be evaluating him in July. This is a big month for Howell's recruitment.


Class of 2010 Commitments



F C.J. Leslie

C.J. Leslie

Hometown: Holly Springs, NC
High School: Word of God Academy
Vitals: 6-8/200
Schools of Interest: NC STATE COMMITMENT
AAU Team: World Wide Renegades Black
Notable Events Remaining: Cincinnati, OH: Adidas Take 5 Classic (7/6-7/8), Peach State Summer Classic (7-11/7-13), Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26) Leslie Profile: A frequent visitor at NC State basketball games, Leslie was offered a scholarship after attending the Wolfpack's camp in 2007 and quickly accepted.

"I'm a big man and I can handle the ball a little," Leslie said. "What I really wanted to do was to go a good ACC college close to home. Coach Lowe said that I could do it in the system. He's got Brandon Costner and he lets him shoot outside and I thought it would be a good fit."

A member of the heralded 2010 in-state class, Leslie is a combo forward who is already 6-foot-8 and nearly 200 pounds. His body is still maturing and filling out, but he is already very skilled with the basketball. He has solid footwork in the post, already has a couple of go-to post moves, and he hits the boards with a purpose.

He needs to work on strength, conditioning, and controlling his emotions, but Leslie has major upside. He is considered one of the top players in the state, regardless of class.

After a stellar sophomore year at Raleigh (NC) Word of God, Leslie has been tearing it up on the AAU circuit and is currently a five-star prospect rated No. 14 in the 2010 class.



PG Ryan Harrow

Ryan Harrow

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
High School: Walton High School
Vitals: 5'11/150
Schools of Interest: NC STATE COMMITMENT
AAU Team: Lou Will Elite
Notable Events Remaining: Milwaukee, WI: NY2LA Sports Next Level Invitational (7/6-7/8), Peach State Summer Classic (7-11/7-13), Orlando, FL: AAU Super Showcase & Nationals (7/20-7/31)

Harrow Profile: NC State's latest commitment, Harrow is currently playing with the Lou Will Elite 17's in Milwaukee. He'll head to Augusta, Georgia for a tourney next weekend before ending the month in Orlando for the AAU Showcase and Nationals.

Harrow earned an offer from NC State after showcasing his talents at the Wolfpack's Elite Camp. After a couple of weeks, he visited Raleigh with his mother and verbaled shortly afterwards.

As a sophomore at Concord (NC) Cannon School, Harrow was averaging 16 points and five assists, leading the team in both categories, when he left the team during towards the end of the season to transfer back to Marietta (GA) Walton where he could be with his mother following the death of his grandmother.


Class of 2010 Targets



F Tashawn Mabry

Tashawn Mabry

Hometown: Rocky Mount, North Carolina
High School: Rocky Mount High School
Vitals: 6-6/200
Schools of Interest:
AAU Team: CP3 All-Stars
Notable Events Remaining: Morgantown, WV: Triple "S" Harley Davidson (7/14-7/16), Orlando, FL: AAU Showcase/Nationals (7/20-7/31)

Mabry Profile: Mabry picked up an early offer from NC State and has since claimed offers from Wake Forest, Xavier and Clemson. He stated that he's hoping to camp at Wake in the near future.

NC State is recruiting Mabry as a wing/combo forward. A bouncy athlete with range to the 3-point line, Mabry does a good job of filling the stat sheet and is a solid all-around player. With a couple of extra inches, he could be one of the best at his position in his class.



F Melvin Tabb

Melvin Tabb

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Enloe High School
Vitals: 6-8/210
Schools of Interest: NC State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia
AAU Team: Carolina Raptors Select Notable Events Remaining: Cincinnati, OH: Adidas Take 5 Classic (7/6-7/8), North Augusta, SC: Peach Jam Summer Showcase (7/11-7/13), Las Vegas Tournaments (7/22-7/26)

Tabb Profile: Tabb's been on the radar for a while now but is starting to pick his game up as he's closer to 100% following a knee injury he suffered a couple of years ago. The explosiveness is coming back and it's making him a different player.

He emerged at the Hoop Jamboree and high-major coaches will be tracking his progress during the July Evaluation Period. Expect NC State to watch the local product... also rumors are he could end up at Word of God Christian Academy with Wall and Leslie this year.



F C.J. Fair

C.J. Fair

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
High School: Baltimore City College
Vitals: 6-7/185
Schools of Interest: NC State, Kentucky, Georgetown, Maryland (offer), Virginia (offer), Louisville (offer), Florida (offer)
AAU Team: Baltimore Stars
Notable Events Remaining: NONE (INJURED)

Fair Profile: Currently rated the No. 6 power forward and a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Fair is one of the top talents in the 2010 class.

However, he's going to be sidelined for a while after tearing his ACL. A host of programs are in the mix and they will likely re-evaluate Fair when he returns to the hardwood.




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