Tyler Lewis at the Bob Gibbons TOC

I went to the TOC this past weekend to watch Lewis play and came away very impressed. A year and a half ago I saw Lewis play in the Glaxo Invitational. Back then you could see his potential, he had a strong sense of the game and was fun to watch. He has improved his game tremendously. He is so much stronger with the ball. The other team was switching defenders, playing very physical and doing everything they could to bother him. Lewis was great at getting his shoulder past his man and then staying in front of them. This would force the other players to make a decision to either let him shoot or double on him. Neither option worked. He was excellent with changing his speed to throw off the defender. His shot has improves a lot too as he was hitting 4 or 5 feet past the three point line with ease. I think he will be an excellent addition to NCSU. BTW he scored 47 points and had 17 (I think) assists.

I also saw TJ Warren play. I hope he joins the Pack. He is a strong small forward that is surprising effective. His shot is unconventional but he was hitting three pointers with ease. I was shocked at the end of the game when they said he had 41 points. It was the quietest 41 points I have ever seen. I was thinking he had 20 or so.

If you went to any of the games please add what you thought.

Here is a link to the N&O story on the game

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1992 and 2002 graduate from NCSU. Born and raised an NCSU fan. I remember the good ol' days and they weren't in the last 20 years.

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14 Responses to Tyler Lewis at the Bob Gibbons TOC

  1. tann84 05/31/2011 at 1:01 PM #

    Graham and Purvis would complete the 2012 class. I know a lot of ppl want a big man but I think they will come in the 2013 class.

    But the 2012 class can be special and if we start putting together classes like 2010 and 2012 together on a regular basis then we’ll have some serious talent on our hands and will easily be the at least the 3rd best team in the ACC, we’ll need a good coach to actually move higher, we’ll see if Coach G can accomplish that.

  2. Rick 05/31/2011 at 1:12 PM #

    I have not seen Graham or Purvis play.
    Graham is already committed so I assume you mean Warren. If so I agree.

  3. tann84 05/31/2011 at 1:23 PM #

    I have no idea why I keep mixing the two names up. I do mean Warren.

  4. MrPlywood 05/31/2011 at 1:48 PM #

    What was the final score? Lewis had a part in at least 81…

  5. Rick 05/31/2011 at 2:14 PM #

    I think it was 90 to 81.
    It was a blast to watch. At one point TJ and Tyler were scoring back and forth like a horse game.

    BTW the defense was much better than it sounds like.

  6. MrPlywood 05/31/2011 at 2:19 PM #

    Thx. I like the sound of a kid who is tough and can go shoulder to shoulder and come out the winner.

  7. Rick 05/31/2011 at 2:35 PM #

    He did not shy away from the contact, in fact he seemed to like it.

  8. Prowling Woofie 05/31/2011 at 4:05 PM #


    The last listing of him I saw had him at about 170 lbs. Would you guess that to still be accurate, or has he bulked up any ?

    Thanks for the recap, BTW…

  9. PoppaJohn 05/31/2011 at 4:19 PM #

    Thanks for the review of the game.
    How exciting is this????
    When’s the last time we had a guy coming in who scored 47 points in a game? Even a showcase game?

  10. PoppaJohn 05/31/2011 at 4:41 PM #

    PS – I’m one of those guys that thinks we need to add a stud big guy. CJL will be gone by then, who knows if the guys we have left will be able to score.

  11. xphoenix87 05/31/2011 at 8:28 PM #

    Lewis excites me a tremendous amount. He strikes me as a guy who is underrated as a prospect because he isn’t a physical standout. Recruiting ratings have becomes so pro-centric that I think guys like Lewis get a bit overlooked. He probably isn’t going to be a fantastic pro (though you never know), but you can be a great college player even as a sub-par athlete, much less a mediocre one. I’m super excited about seeing him in State red.

    Also, having watched some videos of Purvis, I will be incredibly pumped if we end up getting him. He goes so hard to the rim, and throws the ball down as hard as any guard prospect I’ve seen in a while. I mean, look at this:

  12. greatstate1 05/31/2011 at 9:09 PM #

    never been more excited about a class as a state bball fan. too bad we have to wait another year. imagine how much more improvement he’ll make in the next year. if gottfried cant win with this talent, then either we are cursed or we have made a stretch of bad hires over the last 15 years. all we can do is hope.

  13. Rick 06/01/2011 at 7:50 AM #

    “The last listing of him I saw had him at about 170 lbs. Would you guess that to still be accurate, or has he bulked up any ?”

    He is not real big but was strong.

    Also he is a coaches kid and when have one of those ever under performed?

  14. West Coaster 06/01/2011 at 2:08 PM #

    Over at Big Blue Balls someone took a crack at analyzing our bball coaching change/challange:

    It’s not that I think the analysis is necessarily wrong. What impresses me is how weak it is. A part-time observer of NC State bball could have gone into more depth.

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