Scouting Report: N.C. State

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Starters

#11 Gavin Grant, 6’7”/212, Jr.
15.6 ppg — FG% 47 — 3FG% 30 — FT% 78

SOLID, ALL-AROUND GUARD. Filling in at the point during #14 Atsur’s absence and doing a passable job. His natural position is at the off-guard, and playing out of position detracts from his ability to create offense away from the ball. Very good athlete that uses hesitation moves and ball-screens to get in the lane; possesses an excellent mid-range game (i.e. loves the pull-up shot). Absolutely at his best in the open court scoring in transition. Will knock down 3s with time and space. Only average point guard skills (not a tremendously good or quick ball-handler). Prefers to play off the ball and because he’s somewhat begrudgingly accepted his role lacks some confidence as a PG.

Point of Emphasis: Pressure!!

1. Be active on the ball – don’t let him get comfortable (he’s uncomfortable playing out-of-position already … make him even more so)
2. Stop the ball in transition
3. No open looks

#4 Courtney Fells, 6’5”/194, So.
11.7 ppg — FG% 43 — 3FG% 30 — FT% 79

ATHLETIC SLASHER. Loves to put the ball on the floor attacking the goal; his “go-to” move is the drive left (usually off one dribble) and pull-up jumper. At his best attacking the rim. Not a great stand-still shooter. Poor ball-handler and decision-maker. Will be forced to back up #11 Grant if #14 Atsur cannot play.

Point of Emphasis: Find and contain.

1. Make him a contested jump-shooter by allowing no dribble penetration
2. Close out short and low to take away drive first (be the second one off the floor on the jumper)

3. Look to take charge from the weak-side

4. Pressure intelligently because weak with the dribble in open floor

#31 Dennis Horner , 6’7”/200, Fr.
6.2 ppg — FG% 55 — 3FG% 47 — FT% 80

SHOOTER EXTRORDINAIRE. Almost automatic when left open beyond the arc. Only a freshman (has only recently begun to earn more minutes) but will one day be a consistent league-leader in 3-point shooting efficiency. Intelligent player who understands his limitations,

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