Recent moves put NC State in excellent shape down low

What a difference a week can make for NC State’s men’s basketball program, especially it’s frontcourt.

From May 13-19, the following happened:

  • Three-star forward Darius Hicks, a one-time Mississippi State commitment from Quitman, Mississippi, who played prep basketball at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, picked NC State over Cincinnati and Tulane last Friday. The 6-7, 210-pound Hicks averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor.
  • International star center Omer Yurtseven, considered by some a 5-star prospect and ranked by as the No. 14 prospect in the 2017 NBA Draft, picked NC State over Syracuse and Utah on Monday. The 7-foot, 240-pounder was fresh off scoring 91 points in one game while playing for the Turkey U-18 National team.
  • Rising junior forward Abdul-Malik Abu and rising senior center BeeJay Anya confirmed on Thursday that they were withdrawing from the NBA Draft to return to school. Abu in particular is a key cog back after he averaged 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in ACC play. Anya is the school’s all-time leading shot-blocker.

What does this mean for NC State?

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