N.C. State will bring a talented perimeter group into the new ACC next season, but theteam’s frontcourt remains suspect. The Wolfpack suffered a frontcourt talent drain following this past season that will endanger it next year versus top opponents — including top-heavy Syracuse — but Mark Gottfried took a step to relieve some pressure prior to the Class of 2013’s conclusion.
Lennard Freeman, a 6-8, 230-pound forward from Washington, D.C., who attends Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, will join the program and give the club another big body the next four seasons. He chose NCSU over Pitt, Seton Hall, Villanova, UAB, DePaul and others after visiting Raleigh earlier this month.
State’s pipeline to the nation’s capitol continues to pay dividends. Center BeeJay Anya inked with the Wolfpack this past fall, and several upcoming targets — including touted sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson — also hail from the Beltway area.
No one should harbor illusions about what this is, though: Freeman generally ranks as a three-star talent and someone who’d typically be considered marginal for a program of NCSU’s caliber.
That said, Freeman has competed for not only Oak Hill but also Team Takeover, always a physically and mentally tough outfit on the Nike EYBL circuit. Thus, Freeman certainly has received exposure to top-shelf competition and already possesses a body to bang inside.
The ‘Pack’s 2013 class now includes Freeman, Anya, elite point guard Anthony Barber, sturdy power forward Kyle Washington and juco scoring guard Desmond Lee.