Basketball off-season notes

This week Mark Gottfried met with the media and discussed several items about the upcoming year. Here are some of the items that I found to be most interesting:

1. Referring to life after last year’s ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren became a lottery pick:

“Our team is probably going to be much more balanced,” said Gottfried, who has a 70-38 record at N.C. State.

“I like our team. I like the talent level that we have.”

Gottfried’s first two teams had more scoring balance than last year’s version. He thinks this team could be more like those that featured five players with double-figure averages.

2. Offseason Conditioning… Very Impressive.

Following in the footsteps of Richard Howell, Warren and Jordan Vandenberg, sophomore forward BeeJay Anya and Trevor Lacey have taken advantage of the offseason conditioning program with strength coach Bob Alejo.

Anya, who tipped the scales into the 340s last season, is down to 302 pounds. His goal is to get to 280 pounds by the start of the season.

Lacey, who was up to around 230 last season, is down to 205.

3. New number for Cat Barber.

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4. Incoming Freshman.

A. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu,

the highest rated incoming recruit in the class (No. 32 in the country by ESPN), has a chance to be a great player.

“He’s like all young players, physically very gifted, unbelievably coachable — he’s anxious and ready every day — but we’ve put him in some of our live drills and he looks like a guy three months out of high school,” Gottfried said of the 6-8, 230-pound power forward. “He looks a little bit lost at times.”

B. Gottfried also discussed Caleb Martin and his earlier surgery.

“We will hold Caleb Martin out for about 2 months, but he should be ready to go before we start practice.

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    ruffles31
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    This week Mark Gottfried met with the media and discussed several items about the upcoming year. Here are some of the items that I found to be most in
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    #53557

    packpowerfan
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    If I’m an opposing ACC coach the sheer thought of a 280lb BeeJay Anya barreling up and down the court is effing terrifying.

    #53565

    D Wolf
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    I had the opportunity to see the team play a couple of weeks ago in a player led practice. BeeJay is already very noticeably leaner and more mobile. He could be on his way to becoming a real beast. Not mentioned above, though, was Kyle Washington. Although Kyle really didn’t need to lose weight he looks like he has taken full advantage of Coach Alejo’s program. He looked like he’s packed on muscle and looked really strong on the court. I’m excited to see both of these guys continue to develop. Both seem coachable with a high ceiling on their potential.

    #53569

    BJD95
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    Our beloved King Hippo, now a lean, mean killing machine.

    #53570

    BJD95
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    Much like this:

    #53574

    Wufpacker
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    Does that mean that KH’s new meme might become Sweet Dee? Or Sweet ‘D’, to celebrate his new found swiftness afoot, but still with all that wingspanny goodness?

    #53576

    Texpack
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    My only fear with Anya is that he might play his way into the lottery by next Spring.

    I bet what he is really doing is trying to get in shape for the Krispy Kreme Challenge.

    #53579

    pakfanistan
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    My only fear with Anya is that he might play his way into the lottery by next Spring.

    I bet what he is really doing is trying to get in shape for the Krispy Kreme Challenge.

    Some guys getting drafted early might help us more than hurt us in the long run. I can’t put my finger on why, but I feel like last years bust of a draft was a real negative for recruiting.

    Edit: Also Purvis leaving.

    "I want my ten dollars!" -Abraham Lincoln
    #53581

    packalum44
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    Serious question.

    How’s 2015 class coming along? Looks pretty bleak. Bleak recruiting isn’t good when your core paradigm is to get the best players and win with sheer talent.

    #53582

    pakfanistan
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    Serious question.

    How’s 2015 class coming along? Looks pretty bleak. Bleak recruiting isn’t good when your core paradigm is to get the best players and win with sheer talent.

    A little less than 1/3rd of the top 100 (and 5 of the top 30) has committed anywhere. Twelve of those commitments are to Ohio State, Syracuse, Penn St, and Florida. The combination of Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, and State have one commitment (total, for all four) in 2015.

    I guess it depends on your opinion of where we stand with the ~70 uncommited recruits.

    "I want my ten dollars!" -Abraham Lincoln
    #53583

    redisgood
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    For 2015 we’ve pulled ahead of Michigan State for combo guard Eric Davis, and are 2nd behind Arizona for center Chance Comanche. Arizona may sign another center soon, which would put us in good position for him. Of course we already landed Terry Henderson from WVU. There are a few others we’re after, and I would be very surprised if we did not get one of them. Open recruiting started back up yesterday, so hopefully things will begin to heat up.

    The big prize however will be in 2016 if we can land Dennis Smith. So far we are in very good shape. That one would be a grand slam.

    #53614

    TheAliasTroll
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    fwiw i’m partial to ‘the killing machine’

    #53633

    choppack1
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    How in God’s name did Trevor Lacy get up to 230? He’s a guard right?

    Good news on Anya. Also, don’t forget we added another high value transfer in Henderson.

    #53638

    pakfanistan
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    "I want my ten dollars!" -Abraham Lincoln
    #53648

    MP
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    ^ Nothing is quite as awesome as basketball practice. That’s what I miss the most about the game…

    #53665

    PackFamily
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    I am impressed with how good Anya looks.

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