TJ Warren may be a pre-season All-American (click here), but it looks like he needs to think on his feet just a little quicker to help support Tyler Lewis‘s stand-up routine.
Speaking of Warren and pre-season accolades – I noticed that The Sporting News‘ pre-season ACC preview did NOT include Warren as one of the top ten players in the conference? I was shocked. TSN is usually one of the most accurate national media sources out there, so I have no idea how they whiffed on that one.
If you want to hear from the real Coach Gottfried, the following video is solid:
Obviously, expectations are lowered for the Wolfpack basketball program this year. But, as Coach Gottfried says in the video, “We better get good. Fast. That’s why they come to NC State.”
In some positive news for the NC State program, Cat Barber returned to practice this week. Coach Gottfried says that Barber is “the best on-ball defender that I’ve ever had”. Can’t help but stick that in my memory bank for future use.
Freshman guard Anthony “Cat” Barber returned to practice Monday, 13 days after he sustained a concussion during the Wolfpack’s first official team workout.
“He’s behind in learning some things we’ve put in, but on the ball, he’s as good a defender as I’ve seen,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. “If I’m a guard playing against Cat, I’m never dribbling against him.”
Gottfried has said that 5-foot-11 sophomore Tyler Lewis and the 170-pound Barber are capable of playing together in the same backcourt. In that scenario, Gottfried isn’t sure if Barber would defend the opposing team’s point guard or shooting guard.
“He could disrupt the thing before it even gets to the ’2′ guard, disrupt the offense so much before the ball gets in an operational area,” Gottfried said.
As a little bonus for you, this link will take you to a composite schedule of televised games (including ESPN3) for the entire 2013-2104 ACC season.