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NC State basketball adds grad transfer from Lehigh

N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts instructs his team before N.C. State’s game against Hofstra at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts instructs his team before N.C. State’s game against Hofstra at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 19, 2019. ehyman@newsobserver.com

N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts wanted more shooters. He got one on the graduate transfer market on Wednesday.

Pat Andree has committed to play for the Wolfpack next season and announced his decision on social media. The 6-8, 225-pound forward averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for Lehigh last season.

He will graduate in May and finish his career with Keatts and the Wolfpack. Andree shot 41.9 percent from the 3-point line last season. He made 70 of his 167 attempts. He was second in the Patriot League in 3-point percentage and fifth in 3s made per game (2.4).

Braxton Beverly was the only N.C. State player to make more 3s (76) than Andree did last season and Markell Johnson (42.2 percent) was the only Wolfpack player with a better 3-point FG percentage. In 2017-18, Andree made 42.9 percent of his 3s (79 of 184) and averaged 12.6 points per game.

With Andree’s size, and rebounding ability, he could fill the hole left in the lineup by departed senior Torin Dorn.

Keatts went into the offseason with four open roster spots. He has since added guard Thomas Allen, a transfer from Nebraska and Andree. A pair of freshmen have also committed to play for the Wolfpack next season.

Guard Jalen Lecque, the top freshmen signee, is in the process of trying to enter the NBA draft. Johnson, a junior last season, has also put his name in the NBA draft. Both still have the ability to play for the Wolfpack next season.

Keatts is also involved in recruiting a pair of graduate transfers: Charleston Southern guard Christian Keeling and Valparaiso forward Derrik Smits.

N.C. State went 24-12 last season and reached the NIT quarterfinals.

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