NC STATE'S STEPH CURRY..?
"We just chose NC State because it was a good fit for me, a good fit for my family, and I think my dad would love this pick." - Breon Pass
Breon Pass, a 6’0 3-star point guard out of Reidsville High School, chooses to stay home and go to North Carolina State University. When asked about why he chose State, Pass said:
"We just chose NC State because it was a good fit for me, a good fit for my family, and I think my dad would love this pick."
He chose State over schools like Providence, East Carolina and Georgia Tech. He joins Terquavion Smith and Ernest Ross as part of State’s top 20 rated 2021 recruiting class.
Breon pass was also a 3-star rated wide receiver on the football team with a slew of offers for that sport as well, so it came as a surprise to some when he chose basketball over football. When asked why, Pass said he was
“really just going with his heart” and that “a basketball has been in my hand since day one”.
In spite of this, he still plans to play both sports for his senior year of high school.
Let’s take a look at Breon’s game. He is a shifty guard who spends most of his time getting crafty in the lane with his finesse-filled layup package and clean floaters. But don't discount his passing skills or three point shot as he averaged 7.1 APG last year and shot 44.2% from behind the arc. He led his team Reidsville to a 26-3 record last year ultimately losing to South Granville in the fourth round of the 2A state playoffs.
What does this mean for North Carolina State? Well, Pass will join a State team with two point guards ahead of him - 2020 recruits Shakeel Moore and Cam Hayes - this means he will have to fight for playing time. While he may not be an impact player right away he definitely has the skills to step up and become a great point guard for the Wolfpack in the future.
[editors note via @HoopStateWebb]
Sooo where TF did Steph Curry come from?
First of all, clickbait, obviously. But hear me out for one second...
Steph is 6'3" but he was 6'0" going into his senior year, Breon? 6'0" at the same stage.
Curry was a 3-star coming out of high school, ranked the 52nd best point guard in his class. Breon? Going into his senior year, Breon is a 3-star, ranked the 34th best point guard in his class.
“Stephen’s explosiveness and athleticism are below standard.” said a 2009 Draft report Curry read in the CoachUp commercial. “He’s not a great finisher around the basket. He needs to considerably improve as a ball handler… Stephen must develop as a point guard to make it in the league.”
If you've seen Breon play the game, I think you like his odds versus this old Steph Curry scouting report from high school. The similarities may be marginal but, simply put, the way Breon scores the ball is special and if hard work meets circumstance - sky is the limit.
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