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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."

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  • thomasew Apr 11, 2014

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    The college game is nothing but a feeder to the NBA. The college game that we knew growing up watching and loving has disappeared, never to return. $$s have invaded, and that is the end of the story.

  • Packfanindahouse Apr 9, 2014

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    LOL

    being home Saturday of the ACC tourney still stinging, lil pansy????

    #YouPoor,Poor,Lil,Pansy

    :)

  • littleriver69 Apr 9, 2014

    You will be no different. Below average team at best.

  • Packfanindahouse Apr 8, 2014

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    one problem here JPD.... you deal in FACTS, whilst the pansy (hansy) LOVES to LIE and deals entirely in SPECULATION.

    #NeatHowThat(Reality)Works

    :)

  • Super Hans Apr 8, 2014

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    Please. He can go make millions in the NBA and be set for life. What good is a college degree next to that?

  • ericevenson Apr 8, 2014

    Well, I admit I missed that call. I guess he will now likely ride the pro bench for a few years and pay half of his salary in taxes to the government. He had a free college education with some pretty good teammates next year. Finishing college is a good thing for a young man to do, IMHO.

  • JPDOhio Apr 8, 2014

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    I guess I don't understand how three straight NCAA appearances constitutes "the same thing going on for decades". We can argue about how much better (or not) the Pack will be going forward, but the facts don't support Gott's first three years as being worse or even the same as the time under Lowe or Sendek.

  • heelsforever Apr 8, 2014

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    Oops!

    I actually think this team is going to struggle to score 70 points most nights next year.

  • Super Hans Apr 8, 2014

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    Oh, please. I heard the EXACT same thing last year how we were going to be better. Then after the expected egg-laying, I heard how Gottfried had to replace his entire starting 5. This same nonsense has been going on for decades.

  • JPDOhio Apr 8, 2014

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    Thanks for providing the perspective that was sorely needed in this discussion. TJ will certainly be missed, but those of us who followed the Pack all year saw several players step up at different times to support TJ (see Ralston Turner in the game that TJ missed, for one example). Now that TJ is officially gone, I expect several players to assume more of a scoring role. Specifically, watch out for Turner, Barber and Washington. Des Lee could be better offensively as well and I understand that Trevor Lacey is really good too. Bottom line-this is a team that with a normal amount of continued improvement should be better than they were this past year.

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