NC State is replacing two of its departed graduate transfers from a year ago with another one.
The Wolfpack added experience to its backcourt Monday after Florida International grad transfer Eric Lockett announced his intent to transfer into the program, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
N.C. State has landed grad transfer Eric Lockett, he told ESPN. Averaged 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds last season at FIU; began his career at George Mason.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 14, 2018
Lockett began his career with George Mason but has spent the last two seasons with FIU. Last season, he started in 31 of 32 games for the Golden Panthers and averaged 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also shot 46.6 percent from the floor.
NC State lost leading scorer Allerik Freeman and Sam Hunt at season’s end, both of whom were grad transfers. Freeman averaged 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Hunt tallied 5.5 points per game and shot 41.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The Wolfpack also had freshman guard Lavar Batts depart after he did not see as much playing time behind freshman Braxton Beverly.
Lockett will be asked to help fill the void by those departures. He joins a backcourt that includes Beverly, Torin Dorn and Markell Johnson, all of whom averaged more than 8.9 points per game last season.