The Wolfpacker

September 2018

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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SEPTEMBER 2018 ■ 81 ■ BASKETBALL RECRUITING heavily evaluated over the last year. Buford (Ga.) High senior wing Marcus Watson, who ranks as the No. 76 over- all player nationally, narrowed his list to NC State, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Or- egon, Virginia Tech and Texas Tech. The 6-6, 195-pounder is originally from Clemmons, N.C., but made the move to Buford for his sophomore year. Five-Star Set To Visit Moore, who ranks as the No. 26 overall player in the class of 2019, played his last game with the CP3 traveling team at The8 Tournament July 26-28 at Las Vegas. He was even coached by the team sponsor himself, point guard Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets who directed the team to a second-place finish. Moore averaged 17.3 points, 6.4 re- bounds and 3.7 assists per game for CP3 in 22 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League contests. Now, he's preparing for his next chapter, which starts with an official visit to Raleigh. "I just want to get a better feel for NC State," Moore said. "I've been around the basketball side, now I want to see the school side of it and what they do in their daily life. I want to see how I'd fit in with a program like that. "The NC State coaches told me they would be at every single game, and they have been. They said they'll be sticking with this to the end." When Keatts was hired by NC State on March 17, 2017, recruiting Moore became one of his first priorities. The entire Wolf- pack coaching staff watched Moore and Cox Mill High repeat as North Carolina 3A state champs at Reynolds Coliseum this past March. "Our relationship is getting stronger ev- ery day," Moore said. "He texts me, he calls me and he checks up on me to see how I'm doing. Our relationship is great." The passion of NC State basketball fans has also impressed Moore during the re- cruiting process. He attended the home vic- tory over Duke and the home loss against North Carolina this past season. "They take this seriously, very seriously," Moore said. "That school takes their sports seriously." Each of the four in-state ACC colleges offer something different, Moore added. Or as he likes to say it, they each have a certain "swagger." He hopes to make a college decision before the start of his high school season. "The decision is going to be so hard," Moore said. "At some point, I'm going to Supplier of high quality warm season turf for golf courses, athletic fields and residential lawns since 1985. Varieties include: • Bermudas • Centipede • St Augustine • Zoysias 1-866-259-3064 Burgaw, NC "Let us help you create your lawn, fairway or field of dreams!" A Charter Partner of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and a major sod supplier during construction. Quality Turf, Inc. Alfred Wooten, Turfgrass Management Class of '77 in a field of Empire Zoysia ready for harvest. Go Pack!

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