RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts announced the signings of four recruits to National Letters of Intent on the first day of the fall signing period Wednesday.
Keatts and his staff signed four-star recruits Manny Bates, Saddiq Bey, Jericole Hellems and Ian Steere. The four players will be freshmen on the 2018-19 NC State basketball team.
“I’m very excited about this class,” Keatts said. “My staff and I were able to go out and add players that fill immediate needs. We got four talented young men that represent everything we look for in a student-athlete. They are great people, students, and last, but not least, talented basketball players.
“We signed players that will fit in very well with the culture we have at NC State.”
Manny Bates – Fayetteville, N.C. (Northwood Temple Academy)
Consensus four-star recruit … ranked as #78 overall player in his class by ESPN … ranked as #95 by 247Sports … regarded as one of the best shot blockers in the 2018 class … as a junior led Northwood Temple Academy to NCISAA IA State Semifinals … spent his sophomore season at Jack Britt High School … played AAU basketball for Team Felton … averaged 8.4 points on 64% shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in 17 games for Team Felton in the spring … chose NC State over Georgetown, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Coach Keatts on Bates: "Manny is one of the most improved players in the 2018 class. He absolutely exploded this summer on the AAU circuit. He's a mobile post player who is great at altering and blocking shots. He is another kid who checked off all the boxes we look for in terms of recruiting a total student-athlete. He will be an asset to not only our program, but the entire NC State community."
Saddiq Bey – Washington, D.C. (Sidwell Friends School)
Consensus four-star recruit … ranked as #83 overall player and #2 player in Washington D.C. area in his class by 247Sports … ranked as #96 overall player by Scout … averaged 14.2 points as a junior to lead Sidwell Friends to Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship … scored a game-high 29 points in Conference Final victory over rival Maret … honorable mention All-Met selection … played AAU basketball for DC Premier … chose NC State over Xavier, Miami and Pittsburgh.
Coach Keatts on Bey: "Saddiq is an extremely talented player, who fits our system perfectly with his ability to play and guard multiple positions. Saddiq's freshman year at Sidwell Friends School he was a 6'1” point guard and has since grown to 6'7” while still having those same guard skills. He will be just as valuable to our program off the floor from a character standpoint as he is on it."
Jericole Hellems – Hazelwood, Mo. (Chaminade)
Consensus four-star recruit … ranked as #100 overall player in his class by Rivals … ranked as #88 player by Scout … ranked as #3 player in Missouri by 247Sports … as a junior averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal for Chaminade … scored 47 points in Belleville East Classic game against Althoff … helped lead Chaminade to second consecutive Class 5 State Semifinal berth … All-Metro selection as a junior … played AAU Basketball for Bradley Beal Elite … chose NC State over Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Coach Keatts quote on Hellems: “Jericole is a hybrid forward who is a tremendous shot maker and can really stretch the defense. His basketball pedigree, and his ability to play outside-in is what makes him unique. He had a tremendous summer, and his best basketball is ahead of him."
Ian Steere – Sanford, N.C. (Northwood Temple Academy)
Consensus four-star recruit … ranked as #104 overall player in his class by 247Sports … ranked as #105 overall player by Rivals … attended Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C. as a junior and helped lead them to a 28-5 record and a runner-up finish in the NCISAA 3A State Championship … played AAU Basketball for Team Charlotte … chose NC State over Creighton, Arkansas, Clemson and Missouri.
Coach Keatts on Steere: “Ian is a physically gifted athlete that will help us in the paint. He already possesses a college ready body without having really lifted any weights, and has a knack for keeping plays alive on the offensive end. Ian is one of the most physical players in the country, and the way he carries himself both on and off the court will translate right away when he arrives on campus."