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Replacing Warren priority No. 1 for Pack

Posted July 8

— With TJ Warren now gone for the NBA, North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried’s first order of business is figuring out how to replace 25 points per game.

“We lose TJ, which is going to hurt us,” Gottfried said Tuesday at his annual summer press conference. “It creates different opportunities for everyone else to step forward. You are going to give guys step up, step forward and be better.”

Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey is one of the many expected to fill the void of Warren.
“Coaches like to use the term, ‘he’s got a high basketball IQ,” Gottfried said. “He really does. He makes the game easy. My expectation is going to be really high for him. I think he can be an impact guy in this league.”

While Lacey will play predominately as a shooting guard, Gottfried indicated that he may see a good bit of time at the point as well when Anthony “Cat” Barber needs a spell.

“You have two guys that have the ability to run a team and lead a team,” Gottfried said. “I like that either guy can bring the ball in the break and you have two guys that can really attack, play defense and think like guards.”

State also has something in short supply in today’s college game – depth and experience in the front-court. Kyle Washington, Lennard Freeman and BeeJay Anya all three saw big minutes down the stretch for the Wolfpack’s NCAA tournament run a season ago.

“They tasted the NCAA tournament and were able to win a game in the tournament,” Gottfried noted. “We have some young players that need to really improve this offseason, get better. A lot more will be expected of them than last year.”

NC State will be down a superstar from last year, but they have experience that may be the difference maker come winter.

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  • sportznutv2.11 Jul 10, 9:21 a.m.

    At State, we don't rebuild. We RELOAD. :)

    — Posted by LuvsThePack

    cap guns aren't real and thus not reloadable
    Moo U reStocks up on caps-

  • LuvsThePack Jul 9, 11:54 a.m.

    At State, we don't rebuild. We RELOAD. :)

  • tann84 Jul 9, 10:52 a.m.

    "Stop Sucking" as you put it is a process. The foundations is being laid right now, State can't just go out and pluck the best talent int he country, although it gets some very good talent. State needs to focus on keeping guys in the program. Imagine this year team with a Rodney Purvis, Lewis, and a TJ Warren. They probably wouldn't have a desmond lee but still it would be a top 10 team. State can't keep its good players, they either leave for the pros or transfer out or if they do stay they're head cases. I'd give Gott two more years before making a final assessment on him. But we should at least start to see them beat the teams they should beat and not have any slip ups (like NCCU last year). If they can make the tournament this year without having to fight the bubble I think that is a good step forward, also I think they can be in the top 4 of the ACC too. Duke, UNC, Pitt, NC State ('cus, Clem, Louisville lose a lot of good payers).

  • KTS BAAAAAAACCCCCCCKKKKK Jul 9, 10:31 a.m.

    I'd say "Stop Sucking" would be an even higher priority.

    — Posted by UNC Two Out Of Three

    They've tried to get you to quit, but you just won't stop.

  • UNC Two Out Of Three Jul 9, 9:39 a.m.

    I'd say "Stop Sucking" would be an even higher priority.

  • I Carry even in Cary Jul 9, 8:42 a.m.

    I just want to have something to watch again! Im going through sports withdrawal...

    Good luck NCSU, I hope you all have a great season!

  • Pops49 Jul 9, 8:16 a.m.

    I agree with you jmcdow2792. Does anyone remember how many years some people dwelled on replacing DT? It just doesn't work that way. Gotta build on what you've got. Old saying 'play the hand you're dealt.' Norm Sloan told Dominique Wilkins when he was recruiting him that Dom could be the 2nd David Thompson. Dom told Norm that he didn't want to be the 2nd DT. that he wanted to be the first Dominique Wilkins. He went to Georgia.

  • sportznutv2.11 Jul 9, 6:28 a.m.

    The title should be "Lucy promises State fans she won't pull the football away again this year"

  • dooksuckso Jul 9, 6:18 a.m.

    22-2 has State boys down.

    :-)

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 9, 5:23 a.m.

    So how about we talking about the upcoming team shall we? State has a dynamic PG in Cat Barber... View More

    — Posted by tann84

    Me too. Could be another exciting team to watch and no soap opera.

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