Ian Steere, a 4-star forward from Northwood Temple in Fayetteville, and a N.C. State commitment, was injured during the second half of the Hoops & Dreams Showcase Saturday.
Steere, who committed to coach Kevin Keatts and the Wolfpack last month, was walking with a noticeable limp in the first half. Already playing with a wrap on his left wrist, Steere took a hard fall in the third quarter and was down under the basket for several minutes. After being helped to the Northwood bench, Steere never returned to the game. Moments after taking a seat behind the bench, Steere was seen with a bag of ice over his left knee, clearly upset, covering up his face with his jersey.
Eagles head coach Corey Baker said Steere was on his way to get an MRI after the game.
“They were saying he might have fluid on his knee,” Baker said after the Eagles fell to Huntington Prep, 91-69. “We’ll know more probably later tonight.”
The cause of the limp in the first half, Baker said, was from an injury Steere has “had for a while.” The fall in the second half didn’t help.
“Before the game, he was favoring it some,” Baker said. “I think that play when he got hurt, I think that’s the play that did it. We’ll find out and see what happened from that.”
Steere, the No. 8 ranked player in North Carolina in the Class of 2018, transferred to Northwood Temple this season after playing at High Point Wesleyan last season.