UNC-Wilmington lost head coach Kevin Keatts this offseason and now its leading scorer is out the door as well. Shooting guard C.J. Bryce has gotten his release from UNCW, as Phenom Hoop Report first, er, reported, and will be a coveted free agent this late in the recruiting cycle.
Bryce averaged 17.4 points for Keatts at UNCW this past season. He is an undergraduate transfer—he’ll sit this year, then have two years remaining. NC State is interested in several undergrad transfer guards, in case you haven’t noticed. These are players that can be part of a foundation rather than just a one-year stopgap.
And Bryce would likely help a whole lot at NC State. He is already familiar with how Keatts likes to do things, and also he is good at basketball. He made 53.2% of his twos and 33.6% of his threes as a sophomore. He scored 24 points in the CAA tourney title game that put the Seahawks in the NCAAs.
He has proven that he can handle a heavy workload at the college level and his effective shooting inside the arc is impressive for a 6’5 kid. His shooting stroke needs work but he has peripherals that definitely will translate to the Power-6 level.
Ken Pomeroy’s website tracks 17 different statistical categories for each individual player. Bryce ranked among the top 25 in the CAA in 14 of those categories.