It’s a slow time in the recruiting season, as members of the class of 2017 have made their decisions. Now the focus is on the 2018 recruits.
About twice a month, I’ll answer readers’ recruiting questions about Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and East Carolina. Tweet your questions to @jonmalexander and use the hashtag #AskJMA. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
@brangle_ asks N.C. State is definitely going to need some big men after ’17. Who is on the radar for ‘18? Who are some realistic targets? Thanks.
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@jonmalexander says Abdul-Malik Abu, Lennard Freeman and Tucker Thompson are all seniors. I also think given Omer Yurtseven’s decision to test the NBA draft waters this year, he will declare for the draft next year also.
At this point, it is difficult to tell who is realistic because many of the prospects have not really narrowed their lists yet.
Some of the options I’m sure will depend on how well the Kevin Keatts-led N.C. State Wolfpack does this season and whether recruits see potential in his program.
As far as forwards go, Ian Steere of Wesleyan Christian in High Point is a target and will probably a realistic one since he is an in-state recruit. The 6-9, 230-pound four-star recruit visited N.C. State last week. Steere is an athletic forward. I saw him play in Greensboro at the Josh Level Classic. Many of the top recruits were there, including N.C. State signee, Lavar Batts Jr., UNC signee Jalek Felton and UNC commit Coby White. Steere put on a show, as did Batts.
He twice dunked on North Carolina signee Brandon Huffman, which then led the crowd to rush the court. To Huffman’s credit, he did block Steere once and wagged his finger. While it was just an exhibition game, it’s easy to see that he will be a good player in college. Steere would be a great pick up.
Kris Monroe of St. David’s, a 6-7, 220-pound small forward is a possibility. Former N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried originally offered him a scholarship. Keatts re-offered him a scholarship last week.
Four-star guard Jamie Lewis, of Westlake High in Atlanta, committed to the Wolfpack on Thursday. He decided between N.C. State and Wake Forest. The 6-3, 185-pound point guard is ranked No. 60 nationally, according to 247sports’ compositie rankings.
Four-star guard Devon Dotson, who plays for Team Charlotte and Providence Day School, is also a possibility. The 6-2, 180-pound guard is the second-highest ranked player in the state. He’s rated No. 40 overall, according to 247sports’ composite rankings. He is said to be still early in the recruiting process.
But Kansas fans are making a strong push for him. One Twitter user has created a Twitter page called “Devon Dotson to KU,” and it has gotten attention from Dotson and other top recruits.