Gottfried aware of gaps in Pack offense
Posted March 26, 2013
Updated March 27, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.