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Ken Medlin

Wood and Howell leave their mark

Posted March 7, 2013

There's an often-quoted phrase about leaving a place better than you found it. Scott Wood and Richard Howell have certainly done that.

Wood and Howell went out winners on Senior Night at North Carolina State University Wednesday, but the impact their careers have had on the Wolfpack basketball program goes a lot deeper than simply one game. NC State takes 81-66 win over Wake Forest NC State takes 81-66 win over Wake Forest

These two seniors signed with State during lean times in West Raleigh, and they endured back-to-back 5-11 ACC seasons as freshmen and sophomores.

But during their upper-class years, Wood and Howell became leaders on a team that underwent a resurgence – winning 24 games and making a Sweet Sixteen run as juniors, and almost assuredly leading the Pack back to the NCAA tournament as seniors.

When he's finished, Wood will likely go down as State's all-time leader in 3-pointers. And Howell? Well, one can make an argument he was the best player in the ACC this season. (I don't think Howell will win the conference player of the year award, but I do think he merits serious consideration)

The bottom line is, these guys made a difference. And while they've played their last home games for the Wolfpack, they still have a lot of basketball left to play this season.

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  • Hokies94 Mar 9, 3:54 p.m.

    Howell is the most consistent of all on this team. Leslie needs some of his attitude.

  • natsfan1965 Mar 8, 2:24 p.m.

    Wood and Howell will be sorely missed next year. Leslie leaving will be addition by subtraction. He is selfish and doesn't show up many nights. Brown will be back. He will have a chance to greatly improve his draft stock as he will be the focal point of the team next year

  • peyton1717 Mar 8, 10:15 a.m.

    I read in some of the Draft mocks and discussions that Brown, Leslie and Howell will ALL be first round picks. Only a couple have any one of them in early 2nd round. Would love Brown and Leslie to stay but if they are getting the same feedback that I have been reading about then they will be gone.

  • Gunnstigator Mar 7, 5:02 p.m.

    I say that Howell is the best quiet player on the state team. He should be first team all-ACC!... View More

    — Posted by rlee1117

    Agree about Howell. He has really improved his game and has had a very consistent, good year.

  • Gunnstigator Mar 7, 5:00 p.m.

    I will be shocked if Howell, Brown and Leslie are not first round draft picks. Woods is a great... View More

    — Posted by shakennotstirred

    I have to disagree. I think both Brown and Leslie will be back. State didn't live up to the... View More

    — Posted by kikinc

    It may be wishful thinking on my part, as a Heels fan, but I think Leslie and Brown are NBA-bound. They had contemplated leaving before this year. State may not have lived up to pre-season hype, but they had a good year, and Brown especially was very consistent. I hope Howell is a first round pick - the guy works his buns off every play, every game, and I hope he's rewarded by a being a first round draft pick.

  • PackisBack Mar 7, 1:50 p.m.

    There's no way Brown comes back. He is one of the top guards in the country. Probably a top... View More

    — Posted by rocket

    now that's funny. there is no way he is top ten. NO WAY.

    — Posted by vile garbage

    Neat how your name equals your remarks.

  • vile garbage Mar 7, 1:29 p.m.

    There's no way Brown comes back. He is one of the top guards in the country. Probably a top... View More

    — Posted by rocket

    now that's funny. there is no way he is top ten. NO WAY.

  • rlee1117 Mar 7, 12:57 p.m.

    I think Leslie lost ground this year in the draft and needs to come back for another year and maybe a top 5 pick if he regains what he had in his first year @State! Right now I do not see him as a high first round pick.

  • rlee1117 Mar 7, 12:52 p.m.

    I say that Howell is the best quiet player on the state team. He should be first team all-ACC! He is a rebounding monster like rodman was in the NBA!

  • rocket Mar 7, 11:49 a.m.

    There's no way Brown comes back. He is one of the top guards in the country. Probably a top ten pick.

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