Mark Thomas

Gottfried aware of gaps in Pack offense

Posted March 26, 2013
Updated March 27, 2013

— The 2012-13 NC State Wolfpack basketball team finished the season before they wanted to.

After losing to Temple in their first game of the NCAA Tournament, Mark Gottfried is getting prepared for next season. It ends and begins just that fast for a college basketball coach. But before we take a look at next season, let’s take a look at what the Wolfpack was able to accomplish this season.

When Gottfried’s squad had their names called on Selection Sunday, he became only the third coach in ACC history to take his team to the NCAA tournament in his first two years on the job. (The two others were both at UNC: Bill Guthridge and Roy Williams).

He lead the Pack to 24 wins, the highest total for the team since the 1983 National Championship team won 26. Adding the win total this season to last (22), Gottfried has now won more games in his first two seasons with the Pack (48) than any coach in school history with the exception of Everett Case (55) in 1947 and 1948.

And while those numbers are solid, Gottfried feels like there was more that could have been accomplished. “It was a good season, not a great one. We didn’t meet all of our goals, and that’s frustrating,” he has said.

The Wolfpack was the preseason pick to win the ACC by the media. And while the Pack didn’t live up those expectations, they still were able to have a season that showed marked improvement since Gottfried's arrival in Raleigh.

Now on to next season ...

The biggest question has to be: how does the Wolfpack continue to build on the momentum generated over the first two seasons? It’s simple. Just get back-to-back top recruiting classes in the country to play elite basketball. Simple right?

You already know my feelings about recruiting websites that predetermine how great athletes are before they play a game. When it comes to basketball recruits as opposed to football, we have a better idea of how talented these players are from AAU and other all-star games. But players still have to get over the biggest hurdle of their lives. That hurdle is being put on a team where they’re not the best player and having to learn how to read scouting reports. And that is to be determined.

Remember this name? Ralston Turner. The transfer from LSU will have two years left to play for the Wolfpack after sitting out this season. Aside from the play of the incoming freshman, a replacement for three-point wizard Scott Wood is of some concern. Turner is ready for the opportunity, however he did want to caution the Wolfpack faithful. “Nobody can ‘replace’ Scott," he said.

"Scott is a great shooter. I don’t think fans realize how good he is. They’ve gotten spoiled on a guy who will leave as the all-time greatest three-point shooter in NC State history. Those are big shoes to fill.”

While that statement is true, the Pack has a guy in Turner who can elevate with defenders in his face and hit shots. He, along with rising sophomore Rodney Purvis, will have to find their rhythm to open up the inside passing of the high-post offense that Gottfried runs.


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  • HeelHater Mar 27, 2013

    Not really feeling the digs towards Wood. There's been several occasions he's pulled more than his weight. Also not feeling the quickness to give up on Coach G and his vision. He needs more time. We went to the dance for two seasons, didn't finish this season well, but this is still an upward trend considering the Lowe program. We're talking two seasons here folks, calm down.

  • rherring23 Mar 27, 2013

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    Ok, anybody that would say grab Howland has just proven themselves to be an idjut. In all the years Tubby has been coaching how many championships does he have. Look at the great teams he has had that never met expatiations. As far as State next year, they will be competitive and a tourney team again. With Warren, Purvis, Lewis coming back with more experience and outside chance of Brown and/or Leslie coming back, plus the addition of Turner from LSU and the highly recruited big man, can't remember his name, coming in, along with Barber, State will be just fine and probably as good or better than this year. They have a highly rated recruiting class coming in next year. Turner is very good, Warren will just get better and better, Lewis will run the offense well and improve with more playing time and Purvis will will be the player he was projected to be. Anthony Barber has the potential to be off the charts.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Mar 27, 2013

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    We weren't the ones that picked State to finish #1 in the ACC, or that ranked us 6th in the nation in the preseason. Basketball analysts and coaches did. We had a great returning lineup, and three great recruits coming in. Going in, there was no reason to think we shouldn't improve on last season. We finished strong, with chemistry, went to the Sweet-16 and came very close to advancing even deeper. We didn't lose much from that team, either. We had every reason to LOGICALLY expect the same or better. It's not fair to act like the fans were crazy for expecting something this year. Logic dictated it would happen, and so did the analysts.

    State underachieved, and your Heels overachieved. And we had pretty much equal final results. Only your win total barely included any great wins, where ours did. We had more potential and flopped. It happens. Even to your Heels. To get back to the top is a long journey that will include growing pains. We experienced that this year. Another pain is the pain of rebuilding. We stand to lose a LOT from this team, so we'll likely be bad next year. But we have great recruits coming in next year, and the year after that (unless something changes). So we'll climb back up.

  • goode88 Mar 27, 2013

    I'm very greatful for what is going on in Raleigh and any other State fan should be as well, if not please put on a blue shirt and hit the road. Thanks for making me a State fan and grad proud! Go Pack!!!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Mar 27, 2013

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    If that's his ultimate dream job, then he should go for it. I'm on the fence, personally. Some believe he is successful because of his staff. I don't really know what to think. All I know is if he leaves, we'll hire someone else. It's not the end of the world.

  • rherring23 Mar 27, 2013

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    What is there to take responsibility for. More wins than in other coach at State in his first 2 years other than E Case. Only the 3rd coach in ACC history to lead his team to the NCAA Tourney his first 2 years. He has accomplished a lot at State and anybody expecting more is unreasonable. Sure it would have been nice to go further in the tourney or win the ACC, but only Williams and Guthridge have accomplished as much in their first 2 years and they took over programs that were loaded and already use to the type of program they ran. Anybody that expects a coach to come in and take a team with absolutely no chemistry and all of a sudden be a great team is just no too bright. Gott never said this team was going to win the ACC or anything else, only the media and a few unreasonable State fans did. Sure the talent was there, but it takes a while to get the program in place, they has been many teams that were expected to win it all that didn't even come close. UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, UNLV, etc all have been heavy favorites in the preseason just to see them not win their conference and exit from the tourney sooner than expected. As a State fan I am very happy with Gott's first 2 years and the direction he is leading this program in. He has more wins than Valvano or Sloan had in their first 2 years and as long as he keeps up the recruiting and keeps moving the program forward, the future will look bright and the program will get better and better. Will he win a championship, who knows, a lot of good coaches have and a lot haven't, but with the progress he is making I like the chances.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Mar 27, 2013

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    More money, higher profile program (it's in LA, and it has arguably the top history of all basketball programs), recruiting... I wouldn't blame him if he left.

  • Native NC gal Mar 27, 2013

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    UNC never thought this was going to be a banner season and never foolishly stated it would be. NC State fans thought they had it in the bag and shouted it at the top of their lungs.

    I realize it's been a loooooonnnnnnnnggggggg time since State basketball was at the top of it's game but UNC and Duke have been there to varying degrees for the last 20 years and know the ups and downs. I think the excitement got the best of State fans.

  • kikinc Mar 27, 2013

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    I like what Gottfried has done with the program. He's only been here two years. I'd like to give him a couple more and see what he can do in terms of constant recruiting and team management. I take a class with someone who is like a second mother to someone on that team. She was telling me that chemistry, or lack there of, was the issue with that team. If they can work on that, they still have the opportunity to become a very good team, regardless of losing seniors and others possibly to the NBA.

  • Barely Mar 27, 2013

    I am just a tad tired of the State fans that have been jumping ship or crying about failure. We have a much improved team that was accomplished with another coach's players. The recruiting classes coming in are a huge leap forward. And the coach has a clear plan that has been proven to work at other schools. State has a bright future if the nutso fringe would just chill the heck out.




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