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Incoming freshman Saddiq Bey asks for release from scholarship, will not enroll at NC State

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All the things are occurring!

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been an eventful day on the recruiting trail, especially by college basketball standards. Not long after Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones announced his commitment to NC State, the news dropped that incoming freshman Saddiq Bey will not be enrolling in Raleigh. Killeya-Jones’ addition briefly made 14 scholarship players on the roster, which is one over the NCAA limit.

It’s unlikely that Bey’s departure came as a response to Killeya-Jones’ addition, but rather that the coaching staff was aware that some additional attrition was coming and recruited Killeya-Jones accordingly. As the old line goes, the coaches can count. And usually a departure like this has been percolating for a while.

Strange day given the timing off all this stuff, though. If we could manage through the rest of the week and/or offseason without any loud noises, I’d appreciate it. Not that I’ll be holding my breath over it.

Anyway, best of luck to Bey at his next stop.