ESPN No. 33 ranked high school senior small forward Saddiq Bey has committed to NC State.
The 6-7 wing averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2 steals last season for Sidwell Friends School (Washington DC), leading the team to the state championship.
The fast-rising Bey has improved tremendously since coming to Sidwell.
“Bey was not always pegged to be a Division I player. He got to Sidwell Friends as an undersized guard with a good jumper, then grew 10 inches across his first three years of high school,” wrote the Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty. “He led the Quakers to a Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship [as a junior] after [top player Jelani] Williams tore his ACL in December.”
Then he also performed well during April’s live evaluation periods and something clicked.
“I hit a stride then, and I just got the confidence that I really belonged playing with top players,” said Bey.
It’s Bey’s long road to the top that fuels him.
“I go into every game like I have a chip on my shoulder,” Bey told the Bleacher Report. “I’m humbled and hungry by everything that has happened.”
And since he started high school as a backcourt player, it has made him more versatile.
“He’s still a point guard,” Bey’s Sidwell coach Eric Singletary told the News Observer. “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.”
The Wolfpack beat out the likes of Florida, Pitt, Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Penn to land Bey.
At NC State, Bey will join fellow 2018 recruit No. 78 Immanuel Bates.
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