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N.C. State will host three of the biggest names in the Class of 2016 on Saturday as it continues to try to build a blockbuster class.

Rawle Alkins, the 6-foot-5 guard from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy,?Bam Adebayo, the 6-10 forward from High Point Christian, and Udoka Azubuike, a 6-10 center from Jacksonville (FL) Potter's House Christian, will all visit the ACC school, sources told SNY.tv. Azubuike's brother, Harry Coxsome, confirmed the visit for his brother.

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The North Carolina schools continued their courting of Brooklyn guard Rawle Alkins on Tuesday.

After the 6-foot-5 guard took an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Sunday, head coach Roy Williams and assistant C.B. McGrath spent Tuesday visiting Alkins at Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God. Rawle Tweeted this picture of him with the staff.

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John Calipari visited Bam Adebayo on Monday.?(Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

A couple of interesting visits took place in North Carolina on Monday.

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One day after being visited in a helicopter by N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried, point guard Dennis Smith Jr. committed to the Wolfpack.

Gottfried also met with Smith Jr.'s mother.

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Maverick Rowan is off the board to N.C. State.

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N.C. State landed a commitment on Sunday from Torin Dorn, the Conference USA Freshman of the Year at Charlotte, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

The news was previously reported by CBSSports.com.

The 6-foot-5 Dorn, who?averaged 12.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, chose N.C. State over Miami.

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Kyle Washington has a list of potential destinations.

The 6-foot-9 N.C. State sophomore transfer told SNY.tv he's considering the following landing spots:

Arizona State

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West Virginia transfer Terry Henderson is headed to N.C. State.

"Wolfpack," he texted to SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Raleigh, N.C., visited N.C. State June 20 after also visiting Richmond.

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By JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK --?After trailing by 10 points at halftime and as many as 14 in the second half, Oak Hill Academy completed a tough?comeback, led by twin brothers Cody and Caleb Martin, to defeat Findlay Prep in the semifinal round of the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament, 64-56, at Christ the King High School.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- C.J. Leslie's chances of making the Knicks' final roster don't look good.

Not at all.

The former N.C. State forward didn't play at all in the Knicks' 98-89 win over the Washington Wizards Thursday in Baltimore.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- C.J. Leslie went undrafted last June, a shocking development for a guy who was once projected as a second-round pick.

The Knicks ended up signing the 6-foot-9 N.C. State forward in July as a free agent, and now he's looking to make the team's final roster -- and prove the doubters wrong.

"Oh yeah definitely. I gotta show people that I can come out here and actually play and let these teams know that they made a mistake," Leslie told SNY.tv this week during training camp.

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Unlike many recruits nowadays, Abdul Malik Abu?and?Jared Terrell?were able to keep their decisions under wraps right up until the time they announced on Saturday afternoon in Boston.

When they finally made their announcements, the 6-foot-8 Abu of Kimball (N.H.) Union) chose N.C. State and the 6-3 Terrell of Brewster (N.H.) Academy picked Oklahoma State.

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Gary Clark, a 6-foot-7 power forward from?Clayton (N.C.) High School, visited N.C. State Thursday and has several other visits planned.

An underrated big man who can score inside and out, Clark?averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds two years ago and was named to the Associated Press All-State team last season, according to HighSchoolOT.com.

"He is a player who is very good but not a finished product," Clayton coach Denny Medlin told SNY.tv. "Nobody knows what his ceiling is but he's going to keep getting better, and he's already very good."

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As reported here last month, the Knicks have signed N.C. State?s?C.J. Leslie?and he will play with their summer league team in Las Vegas and go to training camp in the fall.

The 6-foot-9 Leslie was projected as a second-round pick but went undrafted after suffering a hip injury.

Leslie worked out for the Nets June 17 but told SNY.tv then he had a hip issue.

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N.C. State continued to rebuild for the future Monday when it secured a commitment from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) power forward Lennard Freeman.

The 6-foot-8 Freeman announced his commitment on Twitter.

Freeman, who averaged 10.1 points and 7.8 rebounds at Oak Hill, ?also considered Villanova, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, UAB and DePaul

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N.C. State freshman guard Rodney Purvis and a trio of West Virginia Mountaineers are all transferring.

Aaron Brown, Volodymyr Gerun and Mount Vernon, N.Y., native Jabarie Hinds are all leaving Bob Huggins' program, the school announced.

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N.C. State juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown will both declare for the NBA Draft, an N.C. State source told SNY.tv.

The Brown news was first reported by CBSSports.com, and confirmed by the source, who added that Leslie will also declare.

The 6-foot-9 Leslie averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds this past season. He is projected as the No. 35 pick by DraftExpress.com.

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Julius Randle watched N.C. State put on a show against North Carolina.

With the 6-foot-9 Randle on an official visit, the No. 18 Wolfpack cruised past the arch-rival Tar Heels, 91-83, in ACC action Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

"It's a significant win for us," Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said. "To get where you want to be as a program, you have to take certain steps to get there. This was a big one for us."

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Julius Randle will headline a list of visitors to N.C. State beginning Friday.

The No. 18 Wolfpack hosts ACC rival North Carolina on Saturday.

"My next visit will be to N.C. State the weekend of Jan. 26, and I cannot wait to get down there to hang out with the coaches and my boy Rodney (Purvis)," the 6-foot-9 Randle out of Prestonwood (TX) Christian wrote on his USA Today blog. "I talk to him all the time and he tells me about how he?s doing and things like that. The whole team and staff seem pretty close, so I really like that."

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NEW YORK -- N.C. State's talented freshmen trio were not at their best during Tuesday night's victory over UConn in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

T.J. Warren (pictured), Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis -- all former McDonald's All-Americans -- combined for just nine points, five rebounds and two assists in the 69-65 victory.

But as the Wolfpack attempt to challenge for an ACC regular-season championship and an NCAA Tournament run going forward, the three frosh could play increasingly key roles alongside veterans C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, Lorenzo Brown and Scott Wood.

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The Tyler Roberson Sweepstakes is over.

The 6-foot-8 small forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic picked Syracuse on Friday over Villanova and Kansas.

"They're going into the ACC next year which is a really good conference," Roberson said on ESPNU as he pulled out a Syracuse shirt.

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Beejay Anya says he's "wide open" but will commit to a school Nov. 16.

"I'm completely wide open at this point," the 6-foot-8 Anya ?out of DeMatha Catholic told SNY.tv Wednesday night by phone. "Right now I'm completely wide open. Any school that's recruiting me is fair game."

Still, he said he has a date in mind to commit.

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B.J. Anya is down to N.C. State and Indiana and says he likely will choose from among those two schools sometime in the coming weeks.

"As of right now," he told SNY.tv by phone Monday morning. "That might change, but I doubt it."

The 6-foot-8 center from DeMatha Catholic took an official to N.C. State over the weekend and said he really enjoyed it.

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Coming off an official visit to Indiana last weekend, DeMatha Catholic big man Beejay Anya will take an official to N.C. State beginning Friday.

Anya previously told SNY.tv that he has a few connections to the Wolfpack.

Anya said N.C. State commits?Anthony ?Cat? Barber?and?Kyle Washington?have been in his ear.

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Dominic Woodson, the Rivals No. 2 center in the Class of 2013, visited N.C. State for Midnight Madness this past weekend and heads to Baylor and then Oklahoma next.

"It was good," the 6-foot-10 1/2, 295-pound Woodson told SNY.tv by phone Monday night. "I just chilled, went with the players, met all the coaching staff and just went around the campus and stuff.

"I really liked it."

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As reported earlier today on my Twitter, two of the top prospects in the Class of 2013 -- Jabari Parker and Beejay Anya -- will take key official visits to ACC schools at the end of October.

The 6-foot-8 Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013, will take an official visit to Duke the weekend of Oct. 27, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

Duke and Michigan State have long been considered the frontrunners for the Chicago Simeon forward.

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Kyle Washington is off the board.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy committed to N.C. State Sunday morning during an official visit.

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The good news just keeps rolling in for N.C. State and head coach Mark Gottfried.

Two days after securing a verbal pledge from 2013 point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber, N.C. State will learn that freshman guard Rodney Purvis has been "fully cleared" by the NCAA, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.

Purvis was initially ruled ineligible after the NCAA Eligibility Center?examed Purvis? high school coursework at Upper Room Christian Academy, but was cleared after an appeal, which rarely happens.

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The Anthony "Cat" Barber Sweepstakes is over and N.C. State is the winner.

The athletic, rugged point guard from Hampton (Va.) picked the Wolfpack over Alabama and Kansas on Saturday.

?N.C. State is the perfect place for me to reach my potential and to compete for ACC championships and a national championship!? Barber, the Rivals No. 3 point guard in the Class of 2013, told the Charlotte Observer by text. ?Coach [Mark] Gottfried and [assistant] coach [Rob] Moxley made me believe we can be great.?

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Despite a report that Kyle Washington has cut his list to four schools, Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith says six schools remain involved for the 6-foot-9 forward.

N.C. State, Ohio State, Washington, Marquette, Louisville and Iowa State remain in the mix, Smith told SNY.tv Friday morning.

"Baylor is out," Smith said. "Marquette is still involved, as well as Louisville."

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It was a rough go of it on offense for the Huskies in a 10-7 loss. I know the faithful want to jump off a bridge, but the Huskies didn't lose to La-Monroe at home, it was NC State, a team that is probably the fourth best team in the ACC and a borderline Top 25 team. They made QB Mike Glennon look ordinary, and the NC State offense wasn't much better than UConn's offense save for the turnovers. ?It was an even game, so don't read too much into it.

But don't dismiss it either.

The Huskies are really struggling on offense to the point I don't know who they are anymore. Where is the power running game? Where is the physical play on the line. The Huskies are passing better, Chandler Whitmer's consecutive 200 yard passing games despite his mediocre play is a good sign. He can get the ball downfield. The offense just seems slow. Slow not in speed, but mentally slow to react.

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Connecticut's Lyle McCombs (43) is tackled by North Carolina State's Thomas Teal, right, as North Carolina State's Dontae Johnson looks on during the first half of their football game in East Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

BY JOHN F. SILVER

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Left tackle Jimmy Bennett usually is one of the fastest guys to dress in the locker room after the game.

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N.C. State transfer Tyler Harris is closing in on a decision about his new destination.

The Long Island native is considering Providence, Temple, South Florida, UAB and Dayton and could decide later this week. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-8 Harris, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks rookie?Tobias Harris, averaged just 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds as a freshman.

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Tyler Harris is one and done at N.C. State.

"Tyler Harris has decided to transfer from N.C. State University this spring for personal reasons," his father, Torrel, told SNY.tv.

"He is extremely grateful for the opportunity he has been given by the coaching staff, administration and fans.

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The news that N.C. State sophomore forward C.J. Leslie will return to campus next year is good for the Wolfpack and bad for everyone else in the ACC.

"He could be the ACC Player of the Year next year," one ACC assistant coach told SNY.tv.

Leslie averaged 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last season as N.C. State made the NCAA Tournament under first-year coach Mark Gottfried for the first time since 2006. There, they beat San Diego State and Georgetown before losing to Kansas in the Sweet 16.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Take one look at N.C. State's loaded recruiting class for 2012 and you know they don't need any immediate help in that area.

The Wolfpack already have three McDonald's All-Americans in point guard Tyler Lewis,?combo guard Rodney Purvis and wing T.J. Warren signed, sealed and delivered.

Yet in the world of recruiting, you can never have enough good publicity and there is no better publicity than a run in the NCAA Tournament.

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Two-time N.C. State decommit Torian Graham has changed high schools, but apparently not his favorite college.

Ro Russell, Graham's coach at Creedmoor (N.C.) Christian Faith, said the Wolfpack are still Graham's top option.

'N.C. State still leads for him but he hasn't closed the door for other schools," Russell told SNY.tv Wednesday.

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Even though all three recruits in North Carolina State's 2012 recruiting class are from the Tar Heel State, the Wolfpack don't intend on limiting themselves to their immediate area.

"We want to win a national championship," N.C. State assistant?Orlando Early?told FiveStarBasketball.com in an exclusive interview. "We want to win what we think is the best conference in the country and we're actively recruiting the best players in the country."

So far, the Wolfpack's three-man class of North Carolina-based guards?Tyler Lewis?and?Rodney Purvis?and swingman?T.J. Warren?is ranked No. 3 by ESPN.com.

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T.J. Warren is staying home.

A Raleigh, N.C. native rated the No. 6 small forward in the Class of 2012, Warren announced Wednesday for N.C. State over Georgetown.

The 6-foot-7 Brewster (N.H.) Academy wing joins fellow Raleigh native Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis?of Statesville in coach Mark Gottfried's 2012 class.

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Torian Graham, the Rivals No. 5 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, has decommitted from N.C. State.

"I just feel like I made a decision too fast. I don't feel like I gave everyone a chance to recruit me," Graham told PackPride.com

"I'm still listing them. They are still at the top."

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N.C. State transfer Ryan Harrow says he has yet to decide on his future destination, but his mother said he will announce "next week."

"I haven't made any decisions yet," he said Thursday by text. "My mother and I have to talk and make the right decision."

Harrow is considering Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, Louisville and St. John's. He recently returned from a trip to four of the five schools, but missed out on St. John's because his mother had to return home for a business engagement in Raleigh, N.C.

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Torian Graham, the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals, has chosen N.C. State over Kentucky and Rutgers.

"For them to get a commitment from a Top 25 recruit, I think that's huge to the program," said DC Assault coach Damon Handon. "He's a big-time athletic scorer. I?think that his best basketball is ahead of him. I think Torian has a big upside."

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God opted to stay close to home, in part because his mother is ill and he wanted to be near her.

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New N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried spoke for the first time Wednesday night with N.C. State commit Tyler Harris and his father Torrel.

Tyler, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward from St. Benedict's Prep, was busy with a workout and was unavailable for comment but Torrel said the conversation went well and Tyler remains committed to N.C. State.

"We picked them and I want to give them every opportunity to see how Tyler can fit in at N.C. State," Torrel said.

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Just landed at LaGuardia after five days in Houston. Don't ever stay in the Crowne Plaza near Reliant Stadium, unless you like bugs and blood stains on the carpet.

To quote Bob Dylan, "I'm goin' back to New York City. I do believe I've had enough."

Here's a few quick hits from the Coaching Carousel:

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HOUSTON -- The N.C. State job is Shaka Smart's to turn down, according to a report by David Glenn of ACCSports.com.

?The Shaka Smart chapter of this search is going to come to a conclusion soon, probably today,? an agent who works with numerous college coaches told Glenn.

?Regardless of his response, the Wolfpack will have a new coach this week. That?s how most of these searches go nowadays. You talk with multiple candidates at the same time, usually on different timetables, and that?s what?s happened here.

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Torrel Harris is now in the unique position of having two sons whose coaches are out the door.

Tennessee fired head coach Bruce Pearl on Monday, five days after N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe resigned.

Tobias Harris just completed his freshman season at Tennessee and Tyler Harris has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at N.C. State next season.

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N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe has stepped down following Tuesday's meeting with AD Debbie Yow, according to NewsObserver.com.

Lowe has two years left on his deal and his buyout is worth $700,000, the newspaper reported.

?I?m a basketball coach,? Lowe told the Fayetteville Observer several days ago. ?So you?re always hoping to coach. So we?re going to sit down and talk. Debbie said that from day one. So we?ll sit down and talk and see where it goes from there?

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His name is God's Gift and according to his coach, he might just be that for some college program.

God?s Gift Achiuwa is a 6-foot-8 power forward originally from Nigeria who competes at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. His father is a minister in his home country and gave him the unusual name.

He is being recruited by Ohio State, Cincinnati, St. John's, N.C. State, Marquette, Hawaii and Niagara, according to Erie coach Alex Nwora.

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