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NC State trying to solidify 'program in transition'

Posted July 2, 2013
Updated July 3, 2013

— 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."

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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.

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  • bubbadoright Jul 4, 7:05 a.m.

    Let's see..UNC was ranked #11 in the preseason last year and bombed..finished unranked..more of... View More

    — Posted by jeff727

    Preseason 11 and finishing with poll votes versus preseason 6 and finishing with no afterthought of even having a team. I guess if that makes you feel better about the team and season they had, that's a positive.

  • bubbadoright Jul 4, 7:00 a.m.

    UNC fans need to worry about PJ hairston and losing to Kansas every year..not about State.

    — Posted by jeff727

    PJ needs to worry about PJ. If he did something wrong, then he will be punished. The cow college psychics say he did, so it must be true. He's a cog in the machine that will herd the bovines back to the pasture for another year of crushed dreams on beating UNC and delusions of relevance in college sports. If he is not able to play, another player will be added in his place and the chants of TAR....HEELS will continue to be heard.

    By the way, UNC is 6-4 against Kansas.

  • jeff727 Jul 4, 4:47 a.m.

    UNC fans need to worry about PJ hairston and losing to Kansas every year..not about State.

  • jeff727 Jul 4, 4:45 a.m.

    Let's see..UNC was ranked #11 in the preseason last year and bombed..finished unranked..more of that again this year..too much hype..too many losses.

  • dvdmaster89 Jul 4, 1:01 a.m.

    i would rather be in this third year coach than a 8 year old coach , i am happy with the progress . he did a good job with another coaches players , will be happy to see what he can do with his own

  • Hokies94 Jul 3, 4:43 p.m.

    Sid left him great talent two years ago. A sweet 16 by a first year coach is pretty impressive. He had these guys last season, plus some new guys that were really solid recruits. They underacheived. To lose this many players from last year would hurt any team. A lot of his players didn't gain much experience last season. I feel that CJ Leslie had a negative effect on this team and players. I even wondered why he played him as much as he did after some of his showings. They missed a solid chance last season. Rebuilding is never easy. Loads will be on Coach Gott this year. His media interview didn't help him much in one today either.

  • The Rameses Ultimatum Jul 3, 3:52 p.m.

    Kissing Tushie got banded with the defamatory comment towards gays...Hilarious, KT needing some... View More

    — Posted by The Rameses Ultimatum

    Sorry I'm not fond of your lifestyle, Miss Smitty Toolshed. I hear they're more accepting of it... View More

    — Posted by KT times infinity

    OK, not banded but some of your posts were deleted. Actually even Asheville, NC. It is what it... View More

    — Posted by The Rameses Ultimatum

    Interesting how you know the actual Asheville population numbers, Smitty Closetcase. Added to... View More

    — Posted by KT times infinity

    Uh no, 3% Nationwide. It's been repeated in the news due to the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage.

    LMTHAO at Kissing Tushie getting BeyotchSlapped by a fact and going all ignorant on us. Classic.

  • KT times infinity Jul 3, 12:27 p.m.

    Note to Mrs. Malcolm X. Bringing racism into every discussion is generally frowned upon in the... View More

    — Posted by KT times infinity

    Once you stop being such a proud loudmouthed bigot, I'll stop bringing it up.

    But then and only... View More

    — Posted by flagshipu

    Mmmmhmmm. Going to any black panther rallies today to fight the man?

    — Posted by KT times infinity

    Sorry but I don't make it a habit to publicize my comings-and-goings to loudmouthed internet... View More

    — Posted by flagshipu

    So you don't deny you attend those rallies, Mrs. Malcolm X? Added to your file of racism. You disgust me.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 3, 11:59 a.m.

    Have to say I was surprised at how candid Gott was. While I think he could have worded his... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    how many times have you heard ole roy say we are not that dang good- if you say never -you are... View More

    — Posted by gunny

    First, this story is about Gott and State, not Roy and UNC. I didn't bring up Roy, you did, and since you did, Roy's perspective can be negative, he's even admitted he's hard to please. Carolina can win by 50, and Roy would say something about one of his players missing a defensive assignment, that's Roy being Roy.

    I don't have a problem with what Gott said, and I do believe the message he gives his team behind closed doors is very different than the one he gives at a presser. At least I hope it is.

  • 4tarheels Jul 3, 11:58 a.m.

    It's still early in Gott's term. Gott seems to be able to recruit and that alone can turn a program around quickly.

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