N.C. State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off their 2019-20 seasons with their annual “Primetime with the Pack” at Reynolds Coliseum on Friday night.
The arena was about three-fourths full of fans there to watch players dancing ad participate in skills competition, a dunk contest and a 3-point shootout. Several recruits and their families were also there.
Neither the players nor coaches were made available for comment after the event. But here are some highlights from Primetime with the Pack.
Kevin Keatts’ Yeezy sneakers
N.C. State men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts, who is known for his shoe collection, wore custom-made, red, white and black “Yeezy” sneakers with a Wolfpack Logo on the side.
During team introductions, Keatts came out with his youngest son, Kaden, who showed off his dance moves.
DJ Funderburk in the building
Junior forward D.J. Funderburk, who was suspended by Keatts indefinitely, was not on the bench or introduced with his teammates Friday, but he was in the building wearing street clothes. At N.C. State’s media day on Oct. 3, Keatts said Funderburk, who averaged 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds last season, hadn’t met Keatts’ expectation of “what I think an N.C. State player should be.”
Freshman Dereon Seabron can dunk
Freshman Dereon Seabron won the dunk contest. The 6-7, 180-pound forward beat senior guard Markell Johnson and junior guard Blake Harris. His best dunk was a one-handed dunk over two teammates — 6-1 guard Chase Graham and 6-foot guard Braxton Beverly.
Torry Holt, Nick Gwiazdowski guest judges
College Hall of Fame wide receiver Torry Holt and former two-time NCAA national champion wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski served as guest judges for the dunk contest. Senior guard C.J. Bryce, Erika Cassell, a senior forward on the women’s team, and Landon Morrill, a student, served as the remaining judges. Holt was toughest judge among them.
Pat Andree can shoot the 3
Lehigh transfer Pat Andree won the 3-point contest for the men. He beat women’s basketball senior guard Aislinn Konig in the final round by one shot. Andree averaged 12.9 points and made 41.9 percent of his 3-pointers as a junior for Lehigh during the 2018-19 season. Beverly also participated but lost to Jakia Brown-Turner, a guard on the women’s team.
Women’s team picked to finish second
The Wolfpack women’s basketball team, which was picked in the preseason to finish second in the ACC this season behind Louisville, will have a mix of experience and youth. The Wolfpack has four seniors, a graduate student and five freshmen.