NC State trying to solidify 'program in transition'
Posted July 2, 2013
Updated July 3, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Five days after the NBA Draft, North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried is still unsure what makes a professional general manager tick.
"I was disappointed in the draft,” Gottfried admitted Tuesday. “I thought that Lorenzo (Brown), and the teams I talked to, would've been picked higher.
“Calvin (Leslie) was all over the board. A lot of teams candidly did have a lot of concerns about how hard he played and some teams did like him when I talked to them. Some teams had their minds made up, and it was hard to change them."
NC State's future, meanwhile, starts in the present.
Tuesday marked the first day of on-court workouts as freshmen and transfers joined returnees Tyler Lewis, TJ Warren and Jordan Vandenburg on-campus.
Step one for Gottfried and the Wolfpack: find almost an entirely new starting five.
"There's a ton of questions about our team," Gottfried said. "It's kind of a blank slate as far as having all these new guys, and we're not really sure who can do what."
It will be trial-by-fire for Gottfried's self-described "program in transition" come November when W’s and L's will be determined by how quickly his team grows up.
"I'm realistic to know that our expectations aren't very high, obviously, right now," Gottfried said. "I go to the grocery store and I have the old guy in the grocery store come over and say, 'hang in there coach, I know it's gonna be a long year for you.'
“If I had to walk in my mind, up-and-down the league, and who has what coming back, we're going to be near the bottom. But, maybe, we can surprise some people."
When challenged to handicap the rest of the ACC, Gottfried is giving lots of love to his triangle brethren - pegging Duke and North Carolina as No. 1 and No. 2 in the new-look league, respectively.