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NC State Basketball: Georgetown transfer Dontrez Styles makes Raleigh his new home

North Carolina State will become Styles' third home after already making two stops.
Dontrez Styles is coming off his best season in college basketball.
Dontrez Styles is coming off his best season in college basketball. / G Fiume/GettyImages

Dontrez Styles, after spending two years in North Carolina (we'll get back to this later on) and a year at Georgetown, finds himself back in the Triangle area. Although some could argue that it's the heart of the ACC, more often than not, success comes from either UNC or Duke and just recently, NC State.

The Kinston, North Carolina, native made his decision on April 18th, per Joe Tipton.

It's very crazy to think that Styles started his career in a Carolina uniform and will now play for a nearby foe in the Wolfpack. This is an unusual situation that has North Carolina fans scratching their heads in awe as this surprise event unfolds.

Styles played a huge role as a freshman during Carolina's run to the Final Four back in 2022. Hitting a big-time three to begin overtime against the No. 1-seeded Baylor and reigning national champions at the time was crucial to how Coach Hubert Davis secured the dramatic win.

This past season, playing for Coach Ed Cooley benefited Styles' game tremendously, as he experienced what being a starter in the college basketball world was like—gaining a much more significant role. The 6-foot-6 guard jotted down 13 points, six rebounds, and one assist per game while shooting 43 percent. Plus, 37 percent from the three-point line as well.

To add more context, he accumulated only two points and two rebounds per game as a frosh during Coach Davis' first year as head coach. However, he did see extended minutes during the big dance, as hinted above.

Styles' best game happened against Mount St. Mary's, scoring 26 points on top of his eight rebounds and four assists. He was able to make 53 percent of his shots, including three from downtown, marking 50 percent from that range.

College Basketball Scouting provides a great look at his game—an athletic guard who lives in the paint. Unlike his first two years, he has gained tremendous confidence to step outside and drain a three. His game has transformed into a very dynamic skillset, where at times it felt like his only option was to drive. Styles can also knock down the mid-range jumper with ease.

Coach Keatts is coming off a historic Final Four season and is beginning the reloading phase after losing DJ Burns and DJ Horne to ineligibility.

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