Pack Pride Basketball Recruiting Board

The July evaluation period is over, and NC State landed two legitimate high-major prospects during the month. Now it appears the Wolfpack is looking to add quality depth in the 2009 and 2010 classes while getting a headstart evaluating a talented 2011 class.

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 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

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. He also led his team to the a third-place finish at the AAU Nationals, with game-highs of 41 and 36 points. His final AAU tournament will be in mid-August at the GBOA Natonal 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. "Get him an open look and he'll put it down," says Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep.



G Lorenzo Brown

Lorenzo Brown

Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
High School: Centennial High School
Vitals: 6-4/180
Schools of Interest: NC STATE COMMITMENT
AAU Team: Lou Will Elite/WorldWide Black

Brown Profile: Brown is ranked the No. 8 shooting guard and the 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 was a bit slower as he'll play in the Peach State Summer Classic and in Las Vegas.

On the recruiting front, he committed to NC State late in the Evaluation Period after making a silent verbal to the Wolfpack a few months earlier.

"State's coaches were excited, but they already knew," said Brown. "I did a quiet commitment on the low with them a long time ago. When I took my visit there, I liked everything. I liked the town... it seemed pretty quiet, and it's calm there. That's how I like things. Their facilities were real nice and the fans were just crazy."

As a junior for Centennial High, Brown averaged 25 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.



F Richard Howell

Richard Howell

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
High School: Wheeler High School
Vitals: 6-8/230
Schools of Interest: NC STATE COMMITMENT
AAU Team: Worldwide Renegades

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 struggled a bit in the process. But after becoming healthy, he emerged this spring and summer as a focal point for the Wolfpack. Following a stellar week at Reebok U., he continued his strong play at the 2008 Peach State Summer Showcase.

In three games, Howell posted two double-doubles, including a 32-point, 15-rebound effort in the opener. He followed that up with a 20-point, 10-rebound game and in his final contest he totaled 20 points and eight boards to lead his World Wide Orange squad.

NC State offered after the Peach State Summer Showcase, and tracked his play in Las Vegas where he was one of the top performers in attendance.

With offers on the table from Oregon, Marquette, Tennessee, Texas, Memphis, Oklahoma State, and NC State among others, Howell sat down with his family after the Las Vegas tournaments and reached a decision. He'll be playing college basketball at NC State. NC State assistant Larry Harris headed up his recruitment, and he was the first to hear the news from Howell.

"At first I called coach Harris and told him I wanted to commit there," said Howell. "After I talked with him, I called coach Lowe and told him the same thing. They acted real happy. They were real excited for me to say that.

"My family thinks that I made the best decision out of all of the choices."


Class of 2009 Targets



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

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.

It appears that Favors won't be announcing a decision until the spring.



PG John Wall

John Wall

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Word of God Academy
Vitals: 6-3/180
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), Baylor (offer), Memphis, (offer), Kansas (offer), Kentucky (offer), Oklahoma State (offer), Miami (offer)
AAU Team: D-One Sports/Carolina Ravens

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 were in the mix, but it appeared that Wall was on the verge of committing to Baylor. AAU coach Dwon Clifton was recently hired by the school, and most believed Wall will announce his attentions as early as this week.

However, there have been some rumors swirling that Wall is far from a done deal to Baylor, and teams like Memphis, NC State, and Kansas are under consideration.

Should he delay his decision, NC State could become a factor for the elite point guard.



F Keith Dewitt

Keith Dewitt

Hometown: High Point, NC
High School: Charis Prep
Vitals: 6-10/215
Schools of Interest: Offers from Missouri, Marquette, LaSalle, Cincinnati, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Carolina
AAU Team: NONE

Dewitt Profile: Checking in at 6-foot-10 and 215 pounds, Dewitt averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists for Charis Prep. A combo forward with playmaking skills, he's likely slated to play the power forward spot on the college level.

Dewitt has traveled a long road. Originally hailing from High Point, North Carolina, he played just one year of high school ball, the 2003-2004 season as a sophomore at High Point Andrews. Personal problems derailed his high school career, and the lack of a positive influence in his personal life played a major factor. He reached out for help from Charis Prep head coach Carlos Peralta and is now on the right track with a chance to attend college right in front of him.

"Like I said, I'm really proud of Keith," said coach Peralta. "A lot of the things he went through was because he didn't have a typical home life. It's something you don't want to talk about, but he really came from a tough family background. He came here with a lot of rough edges, but he wanted to improve on his life and that is what matters.

"We're a Christian school... we work on certainly more than just basketball. We work on academics and maintaining a spiritual life. He embraced that. He's really grown as a person, and he's learned a lot about life. It's almost something you can see happen before your eyes everyday."

NC State is also in the mix. Assistant Pete Strickland visited on Monday and head coach Sidney Lowe was expected to check in on Tuesday. Being a North Carolina product, Dewitt is very familiar with the NC State program.

"I really like them and Keith does as well," coach Peralta stated. "It's probably the school that, for Keith, has the biggest name recognition. He's certainly aware of coaches like Bob Huggins, but growing up in North Carolina you know about NC State, Duke, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. That is certainly a good program and they are right there.

"Coach Strickland has been by, and coach Lowe... They are recruiting him hard like all the others."

Despite reporting otherwise earlier, coach Peralta recently informed Pack Pride that Dewitt doesn't have a firm scholarship offer from NC State. However, he could be receiving one in the very near future.



G/F Garrius Adams

Garrius Adams

Hometown: Holly Springs, North Carolina
High School: Middle Creek High School
Vitals: 6-5/180
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), South Carolina (offer), Miami (offer), Virginia Tech(offer), Wake Forest (offer), South Carolina
AAU Team: Garner Road

Adams Profile: Adams has had a big spring and summer on the AAU circuit, and colleges are taking notice. He's been the go-to player for Garner Road, a local program coached by former University of North Carolina star Donald Williams.

"I think I've been playing really good," said Adams. "I've been a team leader, and we're winning some games. I've been runing the floor and showing more of my overall skills. It's fun playing in front of these coaches."

NC State was the latest school to offer Adams a scholarship, doing so right after the Evaluation Period.

"NC State offered me yesterday morning," said Adams. "It was coach Lowe who I was talking to on the phone. He was talking to me and was in the room with coach Harris and coach Towe. He offered me right there on the spot.

"I was excited to get another offer and have that option. I was very excited. My parents were happy about it. State is about 20 minutes from my house and if I went there they know they could go to almost all my games."

Adams now has offers from Miami, NC State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

"I don't have any favorites right now, but I would say I have a top five," he said. "Those would be Miami, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and NC State.

"The biggest factor now is when I take my visits and meet up with the coaches. I want to see how they are and how I get along with the players. It will be a lot of things, but mostly I'm going to go where I feel the most comfortable."

"My goal is to make a decision before my basketball season starts," added Adams. "I really want to take some visits and see how everything goes. There is no set timeframe for me."



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

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 K.J. Sherrill

K.J. Sherrill

Hometown: Mt. Ulla, North Carolina
High School: West Rowan
Vitals: 6-6/215
Schools of Interest: NC State, Winthrop (offer), UNC-Wilmington (offer), Charleston (offer), Virginia Tech
AAU Team: Carolina Phenoms

Sherrill Profile: NC State evaluated Sherrill down at the AAU Nationals, where he impressed Scout.com's Dave Telep.

"The North Carolinian is a horse at 6-6," wrote Telep. "He's becoming a flavor of the day and lots of eyeballs are on him. Love his strength and explosiveness in the paint. If he gets close he's trying to hammer it down."

Sherrill is the cousin of former NC State standout Scooter Sherrill. He is likely a backup option at this point for NC State.



F Sasha Borovnjak

Sasha Borovnjak

Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
High School: Veritas Christian Academy
Vitals: 6-8/227
Schools of Interest: NC State, Xavier,
AAU Team: Carolina Raptors

Borovnjak Profile: Borovnjak averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds as a junior for Veritas. A combo forward with a European game, he played sparingly over the spring and summer and interst in him should pick up during his senior season.

Borovnjak is likely a backup option at this point for NC State.


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

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

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: NC State, Clemson, Maryland, Wake Forest
AAU Team: CP3 All-Stars

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

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 tracked him closely during the 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

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.


Class of 2011 Potential Targets


G/F LaQuinton Ross

LaQuinton Ross

Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
High School: Word of God Christian Academy
Vitals: 6-7/185
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), Baylor (offer), Florida (offer), Ole Miss(offer), Kentucky (offer), Memphis (offer)
AAU Team: MBA Hoops

Ross Profile: Ross might be the top prospect in the 2011 class, he's that good. At 6'7, he is a deadly scorer capable of taking over basketball games.

NC State jumped on him early, and Ross heading to Word of God could help the Wolfpack as he will be right in Raleigh.

He's already a major target for the Wolfpack.



G/F Rodney Hood

Rodney Hood

Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi
High School: Meridian High School
Vitals: 6-6/175
Schools of Interest: NC State (offer), Baylor (offer), Duke, Ole Miss, Clemson (offer)
AAU Team: MBA Hoops

Hood Profile: An AAU teammate of Ross, Hood also projects as one of the top players in the 2011 class. Unlike Ross, it appears he'll continue to play his prep ball in Mississippi.

He has great length and athleticism, and continues to develop his perimeter skills. He's another to watch.



G Bishop Daniels

Bishop Daniels

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
High School: Word of God Christian Academy
Vitals: 6-2/160
Schools of Interest: NC State, Wake Forest (offer), Clemson
AAU Team: Carolina Raptors Select

Daniels Profile: Daniels burst on the scene with a solid effort at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, where he was among the top 10 scorers at the camp (14.6). He followed it up by performing well all spring and summer for the Raptors Select.

He attended Elite Camps at NC State and Wake Forest, and the Deacons have reportedly offered him a scholarship.

He'll form a dynamic backcourt this year with John Wall at Word of God. Daniels is headed to Word of God after spending his freshman season at Leesville Road.



F Bernard Sullivan

Bernard Sullivan

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
High School: North Mecklenburg High School
Vitals: 6-7/190
Schools of Interest: NC State
AAU Team: United Celtics

Sullivan Profile: He entered his freshman season with high expectations and performed well.

However, he battled nagging injuries this spring and summer and played very little on the AAU circuit.

NC State has been on Sullivan early, and it appears he could become a priority for the Wolfpack.



G Deuce Bello

Deuce Bello

Hometown: High Point, North Carolina
High School: Westchester Academy
Vitals: 6-2/160
AAU Team: D-One Sports

Bello Profile: Playing sparingly for a loaded D-One Sports, Bello is likely the future for the program. He began his prep career at Jamestown (NC) Ragsdale, but transferred last fall to Westchester Academy, the former high school of AAU coach Dwon Clifton.

Bello was strong at the Carolina Challenge, and had his moments this summer. The future is bright for this explosive athlete.

"Take note because this young man is improving and doing so at a rapid pace," Scout.com's Dave Telep said recently of Bello. "He entered the spring with a reputation as a high-flier (which he's fulfilled). After Vegas, his jump shot and overall talent level are new topics for conversation. His improvement is what happens when talent meets physical maturity and opportunity knocks."



C John Cannon

John Cannon

Hometown: Burnsville, North Carolina
High School: Mountain Heritage High School
Vitals: 6-10/220

AAU Team: Charlotte Royals

Cannon Profile: Already checking in at 6-foot-10, the rising sophomore continues to improve on both ends of the floor. He turned heads at the Carolina Challenge.

"The big fella from the mountains got better because of the competition he faced," wrote Scout.com's Dave Telep. "He has great hands and already a good feel in the post."

NC State's Monte Towe is recruiting him for the Wolfpack.



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