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Dereon Seabron drives to the basket during Wednesday night's game in Woodstock as Fork Union's O'Neil McBride, left, and Timon Jones, center, defend on the play.

WOODSTOCK – Massanutten Military Academy point guard Dereon Seabron said two weeks ago, when discussing his college basketball future, that he was searching for a school that fit his style of play, that could offer early playing time, that was a winner and could help him become a better man on and off the court. He found that school on a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, last weekend.

Seabron, who chose the postgraduate basketball route out of Lake Taylor High School to increase his exposure, took an official visit to North Carolina State last weekend and left with a scholarship offer from the Wolfpack. He announced via social media on Monday night that he had committed to N.C. State.

“When I was on my visit I just loved the atmosphere,” Seabron said after piling up 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds in MMA’s 82-55 win over Fork Union Military Academy on Wednesday night. “I like their style of play. I have an opportunity to play right away next year because they have two guards leaving that play a lot of minutes for them. And it’s not that far away from home.”

The Norfolk native saw his number of Division I scholarship offers grow to include about 20 schools since his arrival at MMA in August, and Seabron said he “really liked” Providence and Virginia Commonwealth University among the other programs he’d considered. Seabron said he’d also planned to take an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh, which extended an offer last week before he made his verbal pledge to the Wolfpack.

Seabron was in attendance for No. 17 N.C. State’s 86-80 win over Pitt on Saturday.

Though the Wolfpack was late in offering Seabron a scholarship, MMA head coach Chad Myers said back in September that N.C. State was interested in the 6-foot-7 combo guard, who was named the Virginia High School League Class 4 State Player of the Year after leading Lake Taylor to a state title in 2018.

Seabron said on Wednesday he’d felt the Wolfpack would be one of his top choices if they extended him an offer, citing N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts -- a Lynchburg native and a former assistant postgrad coach at Hargrave Military Academy -- and the exposure he’d get playing in the ACC as major selling points.

“When I was on the visit, after the game and stuff, I went out for dinner with the coaches and everything, and I already kind of knew that I was gonna do it,” Seabron said of his commitment. “I just wanted to get back and talk to my past high school coaches and talk to my family about it.”

Seabron is averaging 16.9 points per game this season at Massanutten Military Academy (16-2), where he is playing point guard for the first time.

Contact Brad Fauber at bfauber@nvdaily.com