As anyone who’s ever attended NC State can tell you, this week is the least wonderous time of the year: it’s the heart of exams for the students, a time that means late nights studying, tense hours in the classroom for even the best prepared, and the final sprint to the finish of fall semester. […]
Some interesting stuff in this piece from the N&O by Luke DeCock.Â Please folks, read between the lines before going off the rails in the comments section.
For N.C. State and North Carolina, now it gets really interesting. It was no surprise that Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie declared for the NBA draft, and even Rodney Purvisâ€™ decision to transfer isnâ€™t entirely shocking based on the way his playing time declined and the way N.C. Stateâ€™s season went.
Thereâ€™s nothing new about this. N.C. State went through it last spring with Brown and Leslie, Duke with Austin Rivers and Mason Plumlee, North Carolina with Harrison Barnes and John Henson and Kendall Marshall, with only Marshallâ€™s departure even a mild surprise.
What is new are the stakes: Warren is absolutely essential to the Wolfpackâ€™s success next season, and Lewis isnâ€™t far behind. The Tar Heels could stomach losing McAdoo, but losing Bullock or Hairston would put them in a tough spot, and losing both would be disastrous.
Warrenâ€™s father has said his son will likely turn pro if heâ€™s projected to be a first-round draft pick, so the NBAâ€™s advisory committee will have a lot to say about his future. With four starters already gone, Warren would be the focal point of the Wolfpack offense next year and a potential superstar in the ACC with his ability to play inside or outside.
Lewisâ€™ name has come up in transfer speculation, as Purvisâ€™ did before. With only one guard recruit currently signed â€“ Anthony Barber â€“ and transfer Ralston Turner the Wolfpackâ€™s only other backcourt option at the moment, the Wolfpack really needs Lewis to stay.
Not mentioned in this piece for obvious reasons is the potential addition of JuCo newcomer Desmond Lee (if he chooses us, fingers crossed) and the potential re-addition of Josh Davis (again if he chooses us), as well as any other under the radar developments which might be going on.
Dez Lee visited Raleigh this past weekend and was scheduled to visit Creighton this week.Â Josh Davis, who would be immediately eligible for any program to which he transfers, is apparently weighing various options including his chances at a jump to the NBA
With depth now being our biggest potential enemy, either or both of those guys would be a big help IMHO.