Just got an email from a good friend sharing the insight that Johnny Thomas is staying local – much more local than Josh Davis – and could end up at Appalachian State or UNC-Wilmington. (Link to entry from earlier in the week)
Good luck to Johnny wherever he ultimately chooses…but, boy do I ever wish he would stay in Raleigh for the next couple of years. As Derek previously highlighted:
This move also makes a mark on the 2010-2011 season more than you might think because of the depth Thomas would have provided at the small forward position. Unless the Pack take a transfer NC State will enter fall camp with 10 scholarship players, three of which will be freshmen. Obviously those freshmen will be more advanced than the freshmen from recent classes, but they will still be freshmen. Thomas would have been an important part of practice and early season games from a depth and experience point of view. His departure may not impact the point and rebound sections of the box score, but it will make a mark on minutes.
I have to tell you that I am absolutely dumbfounded at the recent events within the Wolfpack’s Basketball Program as it relates to this 3F / wing forward position. In less than a month NC State has failed to pursue/land Tashawn Mabry on the recruiting trail and then lost Josh Davis and Johnny Thomas to transfers…supposedly because of playing time.
No offense to the intellect of these kids…but…guys…if there aren’t any other players on the roster at your position then you have a super chance of getting playing time!?! I do not know to whom you are listening, but I’m presuming they aren’t a math major(s).
The following roster will outline the current condition NC State’s depth. You will see a problem in experienced depth for this team after the departures of Mays, Thomas and Davis. You will also note a very serious issue with scholarship spacing and upper classmen in the future. (By the way, we’ve been running these rosters and using this format for at least four years and we see exact cuts and pastes of work pop up all over the internet. Is it really that hard to ask that you acknowledge where you got ‘your’ work?)
Projected 2009-2010 NC State Basketball Roster
(1) Javi Gonzalez (PG)
(2) Tracy Smith (4F)
(3) CJ Williams (Wing)
(4) Scott Wood (Wing)
(5) Richard Howell (PF)
(6) Jordan Vandenberg (C)
(7) DeShawn Painter (PF/C)
(8) Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG)
(9) Ryan Harrow (PG)
(10) CJ Leslie (WF/PF)
(11) Joseph Uchebo (C)
(1) Departure of Javi Gonzalez
(2) Departure of Tracy Smith