ACC’s Point Guard Situation

Caulton Tudor focused on the point guard situation in the ACC in today’s N&O:

State, with four returning starters, is best prepared to deal with the dilemma. If Sidney Lowe can find a solution, his second team could be exceptional. If not, the Wolfpack should still be good enough to win eight or nine league games and get back to the NCAA Tournament.

Some random comments:

* We’ve talked about the impact of Crittenton at GT in the past. This season was supposed to be set up for Paul Hewitt and the Yellow Jackets to make a run. It won’t happen now and the Yellow Jacket fans are closing ranks on Hewitt.

* Greg Paulus got a lot of heat during Duke’s mid-season swoon…but, to be fair…he played a lot better at the end of the season.

* The importance of Sean Singletary’s return to Virginia cannot be overstated. Additionally, Coach Leitao is optimistic about his inside players.

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127 Responses to ACC’s Point Guard Situation

  1. primacyone 06/21/2007 at 4:41 PM #

    Here is another link:

    NC State is already listed several times and should be listed again at least 2 if not 5 more times.

  2. doatesIII 06/21/2007 at 4:42 PM #


    What do you call a wolf with no teeth.

    An NCSU student


  3. CarnifeX 06/21/2007 at 4:59 PM #

    its times (and stories, thanks primacy) like these that make me love being a Wolfpacker.

    I love NCSU!

    GO PACK!!!

  4. chris92heel 06/21/2007 at 5:25 PM #

    UNC is taking a small class this year + BMFD is a ‘go after the prospects who wait until signing day’ type, so we aren’t going to have many commits this summer.

  5. highstick 06/21/2007 at 7:04 PM #

    Doates, I think your “Material Science Chemistry Major” would qualify you to load fertilizer trucks! Actually, I got a feeling you’re much younger, like 9th grade!

  6. redfred2 06/21/2007 at 9:11 PM #

    Um noah, I’m not saying that UNC hasn’t been earned their place and in comparison NCSU hasn’t totally pissed away it’s ranking among the elite’s programs in college basketball, or that Roy Williams doesn’t have the ability to be good a recruiter, but do you honestly believe that it is a hard job to recruit at UNC? C’mon.

  7. redfred2 06/21/2007 at 10:09 PM #

    ^Boy, that post is so bad that I’m not even going to attempt to explain it.

  8. beowolf 06/21/2007 at 10:15 PM #

    Rick, that little offhand remark struck deep! LMAO.

  9. PackerInRussia 06/21/2007 at 11:41 PM #

    “i was wandering when/if NC State was ever ranked in the top 10 during herbs tenure?”

    For some reason I seem to remember one time early in the season before conference play began that we were ranked in the top 10. It would have been 4 or 5 years ago. I could be totally making that up though. We may have only been approaching the top 10. I don’t have a link or anything. I know that helps a lot. Other than that sliver of a memory I don’t recall any other time that we were in the top 10 while Herb was here.

  10. noah 06/22/2007 at 8:34 AM #

    “but do you honestly believe that it is a hard job to recruit at UNC?”

    I think consistently bringing in a top five class is hard anywhere. Yes, I think UNC could bring in a top-20 class every year and never do anything more than mail a couple of scholarship offers out to some kids.

    But I think Roy Williams and Billy Donovan are probably the two hardest-working recruiters out there and it’s reflected in the amount of talent they bring in.

  11. primacyone 06/22/2007 at 9:22 AM #

    Nice basketball blog post at the N&O’s ACC NOW.

    Long link so you may have to copy and paste. Good stuff on coach lowes coaching ability.

  12. primacyone 06/22/2007 at 9:26 AM #

    Try this instead.

    Homepage –

    And then click on “summer hoops preview” article link.

  13. packbackr04 06/22/2007 at 10:00 AM #

    wow, noah, last time we were in top 10 was 1984…. that is kinda sad…. not the answer i was hoping for, but i certainly appreciate you looking it up for me. and thanks to russiapacker as well. you sound like me, one too many hooka hits to have a great memory….

    that is truly interesting though and what an accomplishment that Would be for sid to have us back in the top 10. And the fact that he has a decent shot at it in his 2nd year is even more impressive

  14. BillyTheKid 06/22/2007 at 1:37 PM #

    packbackr04, I know what you mean. It’s hard to believe that about some of V’s great teams. 85-86 only got up to 15th on 11/26/85, 88-89 only 13th on 1/31/89. The 87-88 team did make it to 11th on 3/8/88. Think on this one, the 78-79 NIT team was ranked #4 on 12/19/78. The last time we were #1 was 12/31/74, another NIT team. It was our 6th week in a row ranked #1, but also our last. I know about 1983, but I’m talking about during the season.

  15. BillyTheKid 06/22/2007 at 2:34 PM #

    I know the 75 team didn’t go to the NIT (or did I?), but they were asked to go and said no thanks.

  16. packbackr04 06/22/2007 at 3:12 PM #



  17. PackerInRussia 06/22/2007 at 3:22 PM #

    Packbackr04, We were ranked #9 in week 5 of the 04-05 season in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The previous week we were #10. The following week we dropped out of the top 10 b/c of a loss and I didn’t look to see if we got back up into the top 10 again, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t. We only got to #12 in the AP Poll. Link: So, two weeks in the past however many years would be the answer to your question.

  18. PackGirl 06/22/2007 at 4:06 PM #

    ^^Dave Telep (basketball blog) has Gavin Grant as the starting PG next year? What has he been drinking? PLease tell me we can do better than that.

  19. redfred2 06/22/2007 at 5:07 PM #

    “But I think Roy Williams and Billy Donovan are probably the two hardest-working recruiters out there and it’s reflected in the amount of talent they bring in.”

    noah, Roy is good all the way around, but the hardest working recruiter? Please, give me a break. He has kids beating the doors down, all he has to do is call. Every HS player out there wants to be able to say that UNC is interested in them whether they ever set foot on the campus or not. It may be hard picking and choosing from the best available, and competing with a few other like programs, but that’s about it.

  20. chris92heel 06/22/2007 at 5:31 PM #

    You’re wrong redfred – guys like dave telep talk about donovan and roy being the hardest workers on the recruiting trail.

    Where did the idea come around that all UNC has to do is pick and choose? yeah, we can get in the door with pretty much anyone, but thats only step 1. You still have to beat out other programs.

  21. ShootingGuard 06/25/2007 at 4:12 PM #


    Nice find.

    Kentucky and Florida on the future schedule? Say it isn’t so…I thought all of the big names refused to play us so we HAD to schedule Coppin State, etc…

  22. redfred2 06/25/2007 at 6:05 PM #


    Whoa now, I agree that Roy works hard, is a good coach and a good recruiter as well. What you guys are missing is that the guys who work the hardest are the coaches who steal players away from the givens, and take guys from programs like UNC and their coaches like Williams and Donovan. I’ll give them both credit though, but Donovan even more in the recent past, since the UF program is not one of the “blue”bloods of the college basketball world.

  23. nycfan 06/26/2007 at 12:36 PM #

    Wow, this thread is off-track. Figuring out the PG position is all that is standing between NC State and a special second season for Lowe & Co. — you don’t need a great PG, just a competent one (at the ACC level).

  24. packfanstk 06/27/2007 at 11:31 PM #

    If I had one game with my children’s lives on the line and got to pick my coach, it would most certainly NOT be Roy Williams. Not by a longshot. Not for a million bucks. Roy Williams: Recruiter, yes. Coach, no.

    Oh, and yes It’s been a while since we were in the Top 10, but we have made two Elite Eights since then (85 and 86). That’s even better than top 10, wouldn’t you say? Then came another S16 in 1989, then the long exile began. God willing, it will soon be over.

  25. CedarGroveWolf 06/29/2007 at 1:20 PM #

    “Then came another S16 in 1989, then the long exile began. God willing, it will soon be over.”

    s16 in ’05

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