5 takeaways from a turbulent NC State basketball for men out of season

North Carolina State head coach Kevin Keatts leads his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Raleigh, NC, Saturday, February 26, 2022. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome)

Kevin Keatts will be back for a sixth year in 2022-23, but almost everything else around the NC State men’s basketball program has changed since Wolfpack ended a memorable season last month.

Despite All-ACC seasons from guards Dereon Seabron and Terquavion Smith, NC State put an all-time program mark in vain with its 11-21 season in 2021-22. Wolfpack went 4-16 in the ACC, the worst of the conference’s 15 teams, and lost to Clemson on the opening day of the ACC tournament.

A lot has happened since that loss on March 8th. Here is a summary.

Test of draft water

North Carolina State's Dereon Seabron (1) dribbles up the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson during the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in New York.

Seabron, ACC’s Most Improved Player and an All-ACC Second Team Selection, announced on April 2, he would participate in the 2022 NBA Draft while retaining his eligibility for college. It was an expected move for the 6-foot-7 redshirt sophomore guard, who has appeared as another round pick in various mock drafts.

Seabron averaged 17.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. match, all team highlights for NC State and shot 49.1% from the field and 71.3% on free throws. He was one of only four Division I basketball players for men, and the only one in a power conference to lead his team in these four statistical categories.

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