Gottfried: We'll be a lot different next year
Posted April 7, 2014
Updated April 8, 2014
NC State head basketball coach Mark Gottfried told Adam Gold and Joe Ovies on 99.9FM The Fan Monday that he believes next year's squad is going to be a lot different than his 2013-14 team.
"If you think about the way this particular team this year needed to win it needed T.J. Warren to score a lot. Now next year… I can see our team next year being a lot more balanced," said Gottfried.
Gottfried would not say if Warren has decided to stay or leave early for the NBA but knows the decision is coming soon.
"First thing with him is I’ve tried to support him either way. I’m not one of those coaches that’s going to get in the room and try and twist his arm, tell him all the reasons he should stay, I don’t know that that’s the right thing to do," Gottfried said. "What I want for T.J. is I want him to have success. That’s the bottom line. If it happens this year for him and he’s comfortable in his mind going, hey, I’m 100 percent behind him."
But with a more balanced team on the horizon, losing the ACC player of the year and the team's go-to scorer wouldn't mean just one person has to fill Warren's shoes.
"I think it could be a number of guys. Ralston Turner gained great confidence as the year went on," said Gottfried. "Trevor Lacy, Desmond Lee will be better. Those inside guys [Kyle Washington and Lennard Freeman] I think they’re going to really improve, they’ve got a year under their belt and Cat [Barber's] another guy, he’s not afraid to be that guy."
Alabama transfer Trevor Lacy had to sit out last season but practiced with the team every day. At 6' 4" Gottfried said the guard can play point or the off guard positions. During two seasons at Alabama Lacy averaged 9.4 points per game and 3.2 assists.
Gottfried also said that freshman forward BeeJay Anya's ability to lose more weight will be a big thing for the team.
"If he gets down under 300 and plays at 280, he becomes a really really good player," said Gottfried. "We gotta work hard this summer, we gotta get better. But we do have some pieces in place that are going to make it exciting."