The Wolfpacker

March 2018

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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68 ■ THE WOLFPACKER ■ BASKETBALL RECRUITING State, New Mexico State, Old Dominion, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have all offered him. However, he hasn't attended any college basketball games this winter. Springer was able to see NC State unof- ficially as part of attending the CP3 Rising Stars Camp in August of 2016 before his freshman year. New head coach Kevin Ke- atts stepped up with a scholarship offer last summer, and Springer returned to watch the Syracuse at NC State football game Sept. 30. "That was really my first time actually being invited to NC State," Springer said. "It was a great experience, and I got to see a bunch of other top players around there. I also got to watch a great football game." Springer has been paying attention to NC State's season, which includes wins over Ari- zona, Duke and North Carolina. "I saw that, and it's cool," Springer said. "I like the style of play. When we watched them practice, they practice hard. "It was good intensity and everybody was involved. It was a great way with a great coaching staff." Motivated To Surpass His Father Maxwell has gone from a 5-10, 150-pound freshman guard to now one of the top pros- pects in the state of North Carolina as a soph- omore. He has sprouted up to 6-3 and 180 pounds, and he likely isn't done growing. The Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklen- burg High standout became the first in-state class of 2020 prospect that the new NC State staff offered, when they did so June 23 of last year. The Wolfpack were his first high-major scholarship offer, and Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Ohio State also have entered the mix. "I was very excited and glad that they of- fered," said Maxwell, 15. "When I was there, they told me a lot of things about the program and how they'd do things. I'm mainly looking at the education." North Meck is where NC State junior shooting guard C.J. Bryce played in high school. The Wolfpack are recruiting both Maxwell and junior power forward Jae'lyn Withers from the program. "C.J. Bryce is my guy," Maxwell said. North Mecklenburg veteran head coach Duane Lewis has noticed the strides Maxwell has made in his game, beyond just the big growth spurt. "Last year he came to fit in as a ninth grader, and he was a jump shooter," Lewis said. "He averaged about 14-15 points per game for us. This year, we expect more be- cause we lost two guys who went to college. "Now, he is more aggressive. We are tell- 2400 Reliance Ave, Apex, NC • 919.362.5959

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