That makes it two for two for transferring Friars returning home to North Carolina to continue their respective college careers. Following Kris Monroe’s commitment to head home to play for NC Central, Greg Gantt has announced that he will be heading back to The Tar Heel State as well and joining the Wolfpack of NC State.
Gantt took just 18 days to make his destination decision after entering the transfer portal very soon after the end of Providence’s basketball season. Gantt will still have three years of eligibility left as this past year didn’t count against anyone’s eligibility, so he will have plenty of time to become acclimated to the team and their style of play. The Wolfpack did offer Gantt coming out of High School as a Top-60 recruit playing at Trinity Christian in Fayetteville, NC and he took an early unofficial visit to the school way back in 2017, so there was some mutual interest, at least at the beginning.
The one aspect that Gantt clearly needs to work on to get some serious run in the ACC with NC State is his three-point shot. At 6’8” and 220 pounds, Gantt is definitely sporting size, but as a natural 3, he needs to complement his game with a strong outside shot in order to reach his potential. All of the attributes are there for him to succeed but he has to improve his 25.5% mark from distance over his first to seasons of college ball and regressing from 30.0% to 22.9% from his Freshman to Sophomore seasons.
The Wolfpack currently have Jericole Hellems (Jr.) and Dereon Seabron (Fr.) as similar sized wings (both 6’7”) but Senior guard Braxton Beverly announced he was transferring from N.C. State. The team is still waiting on the decisions from D.J. Funderburk (Sr.) and Devon Daniels (Sr.) on if they plan on returning for an additional year, but if one or both of them do end up leaving or transferring, that will immediately open up playing time and opportunities for Greg to fill. Daniels and Funderburk were 1st and 3rd, respectively, in scoring for The Wolfpack last season.
Of course, here are some highlights for Greg…
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