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Dennis Smith, Jr.’s triple-double not enough as NC State blows lead to Syracuse

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Dennis Smith, Jr.’s fantastic freshman season became historic Wednesday.

The NC State point guard became the first player ever to record two triple-doubles in ACC play in a season by  recording 13 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists, but it wasn’t enough to protect a 16-point second-half lead as the Wolfpack fell to Syracuse, 100-93, in overtime at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Smith’s feat, as noted by Patrick Stevens, is actually more incredible than a single-season achievement. No other ACC player had recorded two triple-doubles against fellow ACC opponents in an entire career.

That put Smith in rarified air. It’s a level of air he just invented, actually.

He accomplished it in a game with a wild ending that featured dueling-3s from the Wolfpack’s Maverick Rowan and Syracuse’s John Gillon that forced the game into overtime.

Gillon may have actually had a more impressive night that Smith, even if Smith’s statistical quirk and NBA draft stock make his evening a bit more notable.

The 6-foot senior scored 43 points on 10 of 13 shooting, including an incredible 9 of 10 from beyond the arc and 14 of 14 from the free-throw line. He added nine assists and four rebounds for good measure.

That allowed the Orange to erase a 16-point deficit with just over 8 minutes to play in the second half. It was Syracuse’s third-straight win and their first on the road all season long.

But to return to Smith.

Everyone is aware of Markelle Fultz toiling away for a non-tournament team at Washington, but Smith has been similarly brilliant while playing for a Wolfpack team that has struggled throughout much of this season and is now 3-7 in conference play.

Coming into the night, Smith was averaging 19 points, 6.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. HIs first triple-double came last month when he put 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Virginia Tech in a 104-78 win.

He’s lived up to his billing as a top-five pick, even if NC State is yet to make an impact in the ACC.

Whatever happens the rest of the way for NC State, Smith’s spot in the record book – and at the top of the lottery – is secured.

VIDEO: Jay-Z’s nephew posterizes nation’s No. 1 recruit Marvin Bagley III

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Nahziah Carter is an unsigned 6-foot-6 wing in the Class of 2017.

He’s also Jay-Z’s nephew, and he just so happened to posterize Marvin Bagley III — the clearcut No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018 — while Hova was in the stands watching him.

NCAA denies extra-year request by NC State guard Henderson

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.

Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.

The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.

Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer

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South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.

Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.

A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.

Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.

Mississippi State losing two to transfer

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Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.

Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.