RALEIGH, N.C. Coach Sidney Lowe and the NC State coaching staff had a busy spring trying to round out the roster for the upcoming 2009-10 season, as the Wolfpack officially added three players during the spring signing period which ends today.
Joining the Pack this fall will be forwards Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) and DeShawn Painter (Norfolk, Va.) and center Jordan Vandenberg (Melbourne, Australia). Those three will join the three players that signed in the fall signing period, guards Lorenzo Brown (Roswell, Ga.) and Scott Wood (Marion, Ind.) and forward Richard Howell (Marietta, Ga.), as incoming freshmen for the 2009-10 season.
In the latest national rankings, the Pack’s six-member signing class is ranked #11 by ESPN.com and #13 by scout.com.
Raleigh, N.C. Athens Drive High School
Prep: Enters his senior season at local Athens Drive High School in Raleigh ... Coached by Robert Clemons ... Averaged 25.4 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior ... Scored in double figures in 27 of the 28 games as a senior, and went over 30 points seven times and over 20 points 22 times ... Had a season high of 37 points ... Helped team to a 22-6 record and into the state playoffs ... Averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists as a junior ... Named MVP of the 2009 North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star Basketball Classic in Myrtle Beach ... He scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds in his team’s 106-82 win, setting an all-time game record for most rebounds.
Norfolk, Va. Hargrave Military Academy
Prep: Played his final season at Hargrave Military Academy ... Coached by Kevin Keatts ... Previously attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Va. ... Averaged 14.4 points and 10 rebounds his junior season ... Selected All-Eastern District First-Team as a junior ... Competed for Team USA between his sophomore and junior years of high school ... Originally signed with Florida in November of 2008, but was released in April of 2009 ... Ranked the No. 20 power forward, No. 69 overall and a four-star prospect by Scout.com ... Rated the 18th-best center and No. 127 player overall by Rivals.com ... The No. 64 player nationally, and No. 19 power forward according to ESPNU ... No. 71 nationally by PrepStars.
Melbourne, Australia Australian Institute of Sport
Prep: Played his final year of high school basketball at Australian Institution of Sports ... The AIS selects the 14 best players from various provincial teams around the entire country and provides scholarships for them to attend ... That school has produced NBA players Andrew Bogut, Luc Longley, and Luke Schenscher ... A left-handed player ... Likes to step away from the basket shoot jumpshots out to 15 feet ... Attended the 2008 Albert Schweitzer Games ... Considered a top-10 center and top-30 prospect overall among Australian’s 2009 prospects by ESPN.