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September 5, 2012
The Rivals150 for the class of 2014 is littered with NC State recruiting targets.
NC State has already hosted a handful of the players on unofficial visits — No. 14 Theo Pinson of High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian, No. 40 Caleb Martin and No. 42 Cody Martin of Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County High, No. 48 Isaac Copeland of Crozet (Va.) Miller School, No. 63 Shelton Mitchell of Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson High and No. 87 Phil Booth of Baltimore (Md.) Mount St. Joseph.
Pinson and the Martin twins play on the wing, Copeland is a combo forward, Mitchell is a skilled point guard, while Booth can play both backcourt spots.
A few other players from the Rivals 150 have unofficially visited in the past including No. 1-ranked Andrew Wiggins of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep and No. 2-ranked Jahlil Okafor of Chicago Whitney Young High.
Pinson, the Martin twins and Copeland all have offers from the Wolfpack. The four in-state products — Copeland is originally from Raleigh — are joined by one other player from the state on the rankings, point guard JaQuel Richmond, who plays with Pinson at Wesleyan Christian.
Pinson and wing Jalen Lindsey of Nashville (Tenn.) Christ Presbyterian Academy were perhaps the first two players in the class to receive offers.
The Wolfpack coaches zeroed in on Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances forward Dwayne Morgan (No. 21), Los Angeles Loyola High point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (No. 37) and power forward Ray Kasongo (No. 150) of Lick Creek (Ky.) East Ridge High, throughout the July evaluation period.
NC State has also recently offered point guard Joel Berry (No. 25) of Apopka (Fla.) Lake Highland High, small forward Justin Jackson (No. 32) of Houston and shooting guard Grayson Allen (No. 47) of Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence Catholic.
No. 51-ranked Tadric Jackson and No. 67-ranked L.J. Peak also claim NC State offers. Jackson attends Tift County High in Tifton, Ga., and can play both guard positions, while Peak has made the move from Gaffney (S.C.) High to Chicago Whitney Young, where he'll play on the wing with Okafor.
Top 20 players D'Angelo Russell (No. 13) a shooting guard from Louisville, Ky., who attends Montverde (Fla.) Academy, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station power forward Leron Black (No. 18) and Evansville (Ind.) Bosse High point guard Jaquan Lyle (No. 19) also picked up offers this past summer.
NC State also has contacted former Indiana commit Trey Lyles of Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, who is one of the top power forwards in the class and ranked No. 8.
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