New NC State head coach Kevin Keatts is already paying dividends at his new gig.
Fresh off of a successful stint leading UNC-Wilmington, Keats earned a commitment from Class of 2017 talent Lavar Batts on Saturday morning.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard is one of the best players in North Carolina. The four-star talent from Jay M Robinson High School (Concord, NC) had been committed to VCU, but the Rams lost Will Wade to the head gig at LSU. Keatts offered Batts a scholarship to UNC-Wilmington last year, so he obviously was a player that intrigued him.
The Wolfpack will get a player who will fit in nicely with the fast-paced offensive system and high-pressure defensive style that Keatts is bringing to Raleigh.
Batts is considered one of the quickest guards not only in the state but in this entire class, and he averaged 23.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest in 2016-17. He’s arguably the top recruit in the state, and he should thrive in an system that will showcase his skills up and down the court. The up-tempo, aggressive style of play is a big reason why Batts had originally committed to VCU. The Rams recently released him from his letter of intent after Wade left for Baton Rouge.
The Wolfpack are losing star freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. to the NBA Draft, as he recently announced that he was leaving school early for the pro game. So Batts has a chance to step in right away and be the leader of the Wolfpack offense in 2017-18.