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NC State lands verbal from former Wake Forest commitment Jaylon Gibson

It didn’t take Kevin Keatts long to fill the scholarship left vacant by Josh Hall.

NCAA Basketball: N.C. State at Virginia Tech Michael Thomas Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

Big man Jaylon Gibson announced via Twitter on Thursday that he is committed to NC State. Gibson, who is a member of the 2020 class, originally signed with Wake Forest last fall but received his release after the Deacs fired Danny Manning.

Gibson told The Wolfpacker that he was also considering Syracuse and Miami because he wanted to stay in the ACC, but the Pack had a significant advantage by being close to home.

He’s an interesting prospect—listed at 6’11 and 200 pounds by 247Sports, he’s not highly-rated nationally, but he also went through a significant growth spurt in high school while maintaining some wing-player skills. He’s No. 11 in the below video.

Dude will need to add some strength at the next level, but NC State also isn’t recruiting him to play center—the Pack wants him at the four.

Gibson gives Kevin Keatts two freshman bigs to complement Manny Bates and (hopefully) D.J. Funderburk, and both newcomers measure 6’10 or thereabouts. All of the sudden State has a lot of height to work with in the paint, and Gibson’s quickness in particular seems a good fit for a pressure defense.