Tracy Smith to NC State (Updated 11/14)

Tracy Smith committed to play basketball at NC State on Monday afternoon. Smith, a 6’8 225 pound power forward with enough versatility to contribute on the wing is easily considered a consensus Top 50 high school player and is listerd “4-star” recruit by both and

The Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac’s affinity for Herb Sendek manifested itself into rude comments and criticism of NC State fans in his coverage over the past few years. This brief article about the Smith commitment ran today. It has some quick comments from Bob Gibbons.

When N.C. State hired Sidney Lowe after he spent his entire coaching career in the NBA, the biggest question was whether he could recruit.

It hasn’t taken Lowe long to answer.

The addition of Smith to the existing 2007 commitments of JJ Hickson and Johnny Thomas will catapult Sidney Lowe’s first recruiting class into (at least) a national Top 20 class. Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons called Smith a “Top 20 talent” said the addition of Smith gives State the No. 2 class in the ACC behind Duke.

The Wolfpack has an additional scholarship available for the 2007 class that we believe should be reserved for the 2008 class unless a MAJOR talent emerges on the recruiting scene. As we stated in our most recent full-blown analysis:

Based on (1) Farnold Degand’s presence/ability to handle the ball next year after Engin Atsur leaves, (2) the in-roads that Coach Lowe is making with prospects in the class of 2008 and (3) the 2008 commitment from Julius Mays.. then close the book on the class (unless we land a Top 30 “Mystery Recruit�).

SFN will have a full recruiting and projected roster breakdown in the coming days that we think that you will enjoy. In the meantime, you can click on this link to see all of our recent “Basketball Recruiting Entries” and surf until your heat’s content.

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88 Responses to Tracy Smith to NC State (Updated 11/14)

  1. class of 74 11/13/2006 at 5:16 PM #

    So much for those that doubted Sidney Lowe and said we’d suck for years due to his inexperience. Oh yee of litte faith.

  2. graywolf 11/13/2006 at 5:24 PM #

    Sweet ………..way to go Sid.

  3. Woof Wolf 11/13/2006 at 5:26 PM #

    Basketball is fun again.

  4. Wolfman300 11/13/2006 at 5:32 PM #

    We could lose all games this year and it is already worth the change to Sid just for the excitement brought back to the program.

  5. redfred2 11/13/2006 at 5:38 PM #

    How does anyone expect the guy to do in this, his first recruiting class ever. Great work by a coaching staff that was coming from behind and has been hampered at every turn!!! They are now making their own name with these kids today by properly painting a picture of what playing at NC State has always stood for!!!

  6. RickJ 11/13/2006 at 5:49 PM #

    If you look at the Scout team rankings, it looks like we would fit in at about the 10th to 12th spot with the addition of Smith. Of course, others may get recruits that could change this position. The most important point for me is that we will attain this ranking with 3 recruits, not with 5 less regarded players. There are very few teams with 3 recruits rated higher than our class.

    Nothing is ever certain about the future but it is amazing what these coaches have done in such a short time.

  7. packbackr04 11/13/2006 at 6:04 PM #

    wAY TO GO siD. this staff has done a great job!!!! all the more credit goes to them for being able to accomplish this while getting totally cornholed by Fowler. Lee, do Sid a favor and resign.

  8. PapaJohn 11/13/2006 at 6:06 PM #

    ^ … we would fit in at about the 10th to 12th spot ..

    This is amazing! All we have to do is grin and bear it this year, appreciate the obvious talent we have and watch them grow, and look forward to Sid plugging in the missing pieces in the very near future.
    The future is looking much better!

  9. choppack1 11/13/2006 at 6:07 PM #

    Rick J – I agree – and if we get more good news later this week, I believe the nation will start taking notice of what Lowe Inc. are doing here in Raleigh.

  10. JimValvano 11/13/2006 at 6:10 PM #

    This is a good get for our program. I haven’t heard much about Smith, but I will say that one of my good friends is an assistant coach in the ACC…and he had nothing but praise for J.J. Hickson. He also said that Johnny Thomas was going to be a serious baller and that he is way under-rated. I think these three recruits are gonna be good for our team, but I am interested in what is going on with Rico Pickett. The Wolfpacker Magazine listed him today as a possible commitment…we’ll see. It basically read that he had backed off his verbal to Alabama and though the Crimson Tide were still his leaders that he was considering other schools…one of which is NCSU. I think the reputation of the recruits we’ve currently gotten commitments from could influence one’s decision a bit. I definitely wouldn’t mind being part of the group that brought glory back to a once proud program. If Pickett comes then I think this recruiting foursome should be able to do just that. As a matter of fact. I like the three we’ve got right now pretty darn good.
    Keep up the good work Coach Lowe!

  11. redfred2 11/13/2006 at 6:13 PM #

    Amazing, and exciting, and we need to be out in force showing our SUPPORT AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!!! Making Sidney Lowe and his staff that we are aware the effort already and helping them to build enthusiam for the future. Be there at every game, but forget about the record this season. These players are the blocks which the future will be built upon and they and the coaches all deserve our support right now.

    The Wofford game was pitiful from the perspective of the number of fans in the stands and also what it meant to NC State’s new basketball coaches. We can, and must do better! We need to be there in droves from here on out.

  12. tractor57 11/13/2006 at 6:14 PM #

    Of course a recruit may be the next coming or he may be a total flop but it nice to see Lowe and his staff getting these type of recruits. This year may be tough (I’ll bet better than most would expect) but “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades”.

  13. bTHEredterror 11/13/2006 at 6:14 PM #

    Hey chop, what good news do you hope for?

  14. Micky McCarthy 11/13/2006 at 6:26 PM #

    Have we got our point guard yet? Otherwise, looks like a bunch of tweeners to me.

  15. choppack1 11/13/2006 at 6:28 PM #

    Someone in the 08 class – it actually may not be until next week though. Keep fingers crossed because the vultures are starting to get interested.

  16. EdoubleE 11/13/2006 at 6:34 PM #

    “tweeners” Hickson is a certified stud! Mays is an up and comer and talks of being top 50 or higher when all said and done. Tracy Smith is top 50 as well. I’ll take’em if their tweeners.

  17. Slader4881 11/13/2006 at 7:01 PM #

    If Sid can keep this wave rolling the rest of the ACC should be scared the sleeping Giant may be waking up soon…………

  18. Woof Wolf 11/13/2006 at 7:02 PM #

    Rivals has JJ at 15 and Tracy at 41 one. Scout has them at 21 & 45. Either or both of them could be on the hamburger team at the end of the year. These ain’t tweeners.

    Rico Pickett signed the LOI with Alabama last week.

  19. Micky McCarthy 11/13/2006 at 7:30 PM #

    I’m not questioning their credentials. By tweeners, I mean 6’6 – 6’8 swing players, the type of players that Sendek rode to perennial 5th place finishes.

    This is a good class, make no mistake, but we need to sew up a point guard THIS YEAR before I call this haul a complete success.

  20. Slader4881 11/13/2006 at 7:33 PM #

    I totally agree with Micky we must get a PG to push the pace in Sid’s new O. Every good team in NCAA basketball has a good PG

  21. Micky McCarthy 11/13/2006 at 7:40 PM #

    Atsur leaves this year, the jury is out on Degund, and this program hasn’t signed a bona fide PG since 2002, and that was Mike O’Donnell.

    Come on Sid, bring home a floor general to deliver the rock to these studs.

    The projected 2007 roster looks good, but there is a glaring hole….

    PG: ???
    PG: Farnold Degand 6’3 R-So
    SG: Courtney Fells 6’4 Jr
    SG: Gavin Grant 6’7 Sr
    SG: Trevor Ferguson 6’4 R-So
    SF: Dennis Horner 6’7 So
    SF: Johnny Thomas 6’6 Fr
    SF: Tracy Smith 6’7 Fr
    PF: JJ Hickson 6’8 Fr
    PF: Brandon Costner 6’8 R-So
    PF: Ben McCauley 6’9 Jr
    C: Bartosz Lewandowski 7’0 So

    *I haven’t included any walkons.

  22. sf59 11/13/2006 at 7:59 PM #

    Don’t forget…
    08 PG Julius Mays from Indiana has committed to the Pack
    as choppo pointed out expect another commit around Turkey day for 08

  23. redfred2 11/13/2006 at 8:08 PM #

    This class will rank up there among the best we’ve seen many years yet some will worry themselves sick because it isn’t balanced enough for their tastes. I’m sure PG has been the primary concern for the staff, but they’re coming totally out of no where, this is the first class that was recruited after a late start, and it may not fill every single void. Though I’d say it’s off to one hell of a start.

  24. NCSUownzJoo 11/13/2006 at 8:34 PM #

    First and foremost let me give an acknowledgment to Lowe and company and welcome Tracy Smith to the Wolfpack Family. It will be good to have you and you will have a tremendous career here.

    Now to what some posters have commented about. The PG situation. First of all, I’d like someone to point out to me a PG that would be available in the top 100. Your only options are OJ Mayo #5, Jai Lucas #42, Eshaunte Jones #82, Quintin Watkins #83, Cliff Tucker #85, Tyrel Reed #99. Lowe is unfortunately behind on the recruiting trail because he simply hasn’t had enough time. It would take a miracle to get OJ Mayo or Jai Lucas both of whom are probably giving a verbal before the signing period is over. So we would have to go after a Guard that was ranked 82 or lower. IMHO it would be more intelligent to save the schollie for an extra year an offer it to someone who might possibly be in the top 50.

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