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July 3, 2013
Rivals.com updated and expanded its class of 2015 rankings Wednesday, with two of the top three players NC State targets.
The Wolfpack have offered and hosted Jackson (Miss.) Callaway High junior guard Malik Newman on an unofficial visit in the past. The No. 1-ranked Newman was named the FIBA Americas under-16 championship MVP on June 11-15 in Maldonado, Uruguay. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Newman led the 5-0 USA squad with 16.2 points per game and shot 46.9 percent from the field and 35.7 on three-pointers (10 of 28).
Newman's teammate on the USA squad included junior power forward Ivan Rabb of Oakland Bishop O'Dowd High. The 6-9, 195-pound Rabb was ranked No. 3 in the country by Rivals.com, and was third on under-16 squad with 12.0 points per game, and led the team with 9.8 rebounds. He added 13 blocks and shot a blistering 61.9 percent from the field.
NC State has offered and been tracking Rabb since Sept. 2012, and recently watched him with the Oakland Soldiers during the April evaluation period.
NC State has also offered three other members of the top 10 — No. 8-ranked Tyler Dorsey of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, No. 9 Elijah Thomas of Dallas Prime Prep and No. 10 Jaylen Brown of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler.
The 6-4, 180-pound Dorsey was recently offered following the NBPA Camp in mid-June, and played with Belmont Shore and ICP this past spring.
NC State offered the 6-9, 235-pound Thomas after watching him in a Thanksgiving tournament last November.
The 6-6, 200-pound Brown and prep and traveling teammate Daniel Giddens, a 6-10, 215-pound center, were both offered by NC State during their sophomore season at Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler High. Giddens was ranked No. 14.
Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley point guard P.J. Dozier was able to attend NC State's home win over North Carolina last January, and is getting strong Wolfpack interest. The 6-4, 180-pounder is ranked No. 18 overall.
No. 31-ranked Bennie Boatwright, a 6-8, 195-pounder from Chatsworth (Calif.) Bishop Alemany High was offered by NC State following the April evaluation period. Right after him, guard Eric Davis of Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill High is ranked No. 32, and he also attended the UNC game, and recently returned to NCSU for team camp last week.
Long-time Wolfpack target Brandon Ingram, a 6-6, 180-pound small forward from Kinston (N.C.) High, earned an NCSU offer last March. Ingram was ranked No. 36 in the country.
Three additional players in the top 50 have unofficially visited NC State in the past. Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI High teammates Franklin Howard and Marcus Derrickson check in at No. 40 and No. 45 respectively. The 6-4, 175-pound Howard, a combo guard, and 6-7, 250-pound power forward Derrickson play on different age groups of Team Takeover, and were offered by NC State last fall.
Power forward Trevor Manuel of Lansing (Mich.) Sexton High unofficially visited last fall for the Florida State at NC State football game. The 6-8, 195-pound Manuel checks in at No. 42 in the rankings and plays with Davis on The Family.
No. 72-ranked power forward Aaron Falzon of Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's is one of the top three-point shooters in the country. The 6-7, 220-pounder has received Wolfpack interest over the last year and a half.
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