Dan Jennings anchors Long Beach State’s front line. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY) – [UPDATE: Saturday 1:30pm] – Seems silly to waste this wonderful preview by Jigsy, so this is now also your game thread for today (yes, it might also be somewhat from laziness, but who’s to say????) -Wufpacker – Long Beach State that is, this […]
Some recent basketball items that might be of interest…
N.C. State basketball weighs future options at Peach Jam (FayObserver.com)
Seated a few rows off the court, in a corner section, were N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried and assistant Orlando Early. The Wolfpack staff continues to make strong impressions on highly rated recruits, but the challenge increases as the program enters what’s perceived to be a rebuilding year.
“As you try to become an elite program, you’ve got to be able to recruit strong classes every year, regardless of your roster and who’s staying or leaving,” Gottfried said. “The jury’s out on us. We’ve got to be able to do that here, to keep recruiting well every year.”
N.C. State is expected to sign a smaller class of 2014 recruits. Twin brothers Caleb Martin and Cody Martin, 6-foot-7 wings who are transferring from Davie County to Oak Hill, were ranked 34th and 35th overall in their class by ESPN.com when they committed in October. Cody has dropped out of the top 100, and 50th-ranked Caleb could miss more than a month after suffering a foot fracture this week.
Gottfried and Early have bounced around the Augusta area, keeping close tabs on standouts such as Black, the 36th-ranked player on ESPN’s Class of 2014 list. Power forward Abdul-Malik Abu (the 44th-ranked rising senior), center Payton Dastrup (who is expected to enter college in 2016, after serving a two-year mission) and in-state forward Gary Clark of Clayton are a few other names of note.
Quality is more of a priority than quantity with so many young players already in the program.
Quite a bit more info in that one, so please follow the link and read the whole thing.
Former N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie talks about not being drafted (CharlotteObserver.com)
LAS VEGAS Former N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie knew not working out for NBA teams due to injury might be bad.
Just not slide-all-the-way-through-the-draft bad. But thatâ€™s what happened the night of June 27, when he never heard his name called among the 60 picks.
That called into question whether Leslie should have left the Wolfpack with college eligibility remaining. Then the New York Knicks called. Their generous offer â€“ his contract is reportedly guaranteed for all of next season â€“ puts his pro career back on track.
There were always questions about how Leslie fit as an NBA player. At 6-foot-9 and 200 pounds he doesnâ€™t have the ideal bulk to play power forward, and his skill set isnâ€™t a great match to small forward.
â€œThe only thing I can think of is me not working out for teams. I think that was critical,â€ Leslie said. â€œDo I think I should have went undrafted because of that? Nah. But thatâ€™s just the way it works. This is the situation God put me in. It will all work out in the end.â€
I suppose ignorance really is bliss.Â But at least he’ll have one year of guaranteed money anyway.
NC State’s Richard Howell signs with French club BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (NewsObserver.com)
Richard Howell is a professional basketball player.
After going undrafted in last monthâ€™s NBA draft, Howell signed Friday with French club BCM Gravelines Dunkerque.
Howell joins former N.C. State player Danny Strong â€“ the current coach for Fuquay-Varinaâ€™s basketball team â€“ as a member of the French club and was the first rookie signed by the team this summer.
BCM has won two championships in the past three years in the Leaders Cup, known as the Semaine des As.
Lorenzo Brown, the lone member of the team to be drafted, hasnâ€™t signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who took him in the second round.
Brown told Fox Sports in Minnesota that he hopes to make the team and isnâ€™t sure of any other plans to play in the D-League or Europe.
Scott Wood, who set N.C. Stateâ€™s career record for 3-pointers, is playing for the Los Angeles Clippersâ€™ summer league team. Wood, along with Tar Heels first-round pick Reggie Bullock, started summer-league play against Atlanta on Friday.
Way to go Richard, and good luck to Zo Brown and Scott Wood.
Also, the Greater NC Pro-AM summer basketball league is in full swing now at the Durham School of the Arts.Â Games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Participants with current NCSU ties are….TJ Warren, Ralston Turner, Jevoni Robinson, Trevor Lacey, Anthony Robinson, Kyle Washington, BJ Anya, Dez Lee, Lennard Freeman and Patrick Wallace.
Former Wolfpack roundballer Josh Powell is there this year also .