On paper, State’s starting lineup looks like: Javier Gonzalez at the point, Brown at the 2-guard, C.J. Williams at small forward, Howell at the 4 and Smith at center.
Off the bench State has guards Julius Mays, Farnold Degand and Wood. At forward, Dennis Horner and Johnny Thomas are the other returning scholarship players, plus Davis.
Additionally, Ken Tysiac has added a great blog entry about the Wolfpack’s prospects next year that can be seen here.
When you look at the roster the Wolfpack has returning, itâ€™s impossible to deduce that the team will be better off without Costner and reserve guard Trevor Ferguson, who also is leaving.
As a whole, this roster will not scare North Carolina when it gets off the bus next season at the Smith Center. Against the rest of the ACC, N.C. State might hold up OK because there is a lot of backcourt talent leaving from the traditional middle-of-the-pack schools.
Toney Douglas, Tyrese Rice and Jack McClinton all were seniors, and Marylandâ€™s Greivis Vasquez has already announced his intention to test the NBA waters.
But hoping the competition falls back to N.C. Stateâ€™s level is not a where the Wolfpack hoped to be in Sidney Loweâ€™s fourth season.
Coach Sidney Loweâ€™s incoming recruiting class might turn out to be his best yet. But the members of his past classes will be sophomores and juniors next season comprising the bulk of N.C. Stateâ€™s roster. Loweâ€™s initial difficulties gaining a foothold as a recruiter after coming to N.C. State from the NBA look like they will come home to roost next season.
Projected 2009-2010 NC State Basketball Roster
(1) Dennis Horner (F)
(2) Farnold Degand (PG)
(3) Javi Gonzalez (PG)
(4) Tracy Smith (4F)
(5) Johnny Thomas (Wing)
(6) Julius Mays (PG/SG)
(7) CJ Williams (Wing)
(8) Scott Wood (Wing)
(9) Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG)
(10) Richard Howell (PF)
(11) Josh Davis (WF)
(12) Jordan Vandenberg (C)
(13) Hold for top player if we can get the commitment
(12) Ryan Harrow (PG)
(13) CJ Leslie (hopeful)
(1) Departure of Dennis Horner if no other scholarships issued for 2009 class
(2) Departure of Farnold Degand if no other scholarships issued for 2009 class
(1) Departure of Javi Gonzalez
(2) Departure of Tracy Smith