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NC State basketball hopes to land Saddiq Bey, a top 100 recruit, on Thursday

N.C. State’s Kevin Keatts laughs during Primetime with the Pack at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh on Oct. 20, 2017.
N.C. State’s Kevin Keatts laughs during Primetime with the Pack at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh on Oct. 20, 2017. ehyman@newsobserver.com

N.C. State target Saddiq Bey, a four-star recruit, will announce his college decision on Thursday, his high school coach, Eric Singletary, said Tuesday.

Bey, the No. 83 ranked recruit in the country, is choosing between N.C. State and Xavier, and he will make his announcement at a local Boys and Girls Club in Washington D.C. at 8 p.m.

If N.C. State were to land Bey, he would be the highest ranked recruit head coach Kevin Keatts and his staff have landed from the 2018 recruiting class. Over the last two months, N.C. State has landed one top 100 ranked recruit, and two recruits ranked just outside the top 100. All three recruits – Immanuel Bates, Ian Steere and Jericole Hellems – were four-star prospects.

Bey, a 6-7, 195-pound small forward, plays for Sidwell Friends School, a private school in Washington D.C. As a junior, he averaged 14.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. He also helped lead his school to a state championship after the team’s best player went down with an injury, Singletary said.

Singletary said Bey started out as point guard when he came to Sidwell. He was 5-9 in ninth grade, and hit a growth spurt over the next two years.

“He’s still a point guard,” Singletary said. “He’s a great rebounder, has the ability to lead the break, can score from all three levels. He’s a very versatile player with great upside.”

Singletary said Bey is a “gym rat” who loves to get better. He said he’s also a strong student. Bey’s mother is an educator, he said.

Singletary said Bey likes what N.C. State has been putting together with its 2018 recruiting class. He would be expected to be the focal point of that class. Bey took an official visit to N.C. State on Oct. 6.

For Xavier, Bey likes the “pedigree” the school has established over the years. He visited Xavier on Sept. 15.

According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictor, 100 percent of experts believe he will choose N.C. State.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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