Tysiac – Pack Gets Ready for Canada

With so many dark clouds looming on the football front, it would be nice to have a good basketball season to look forward to. Sadly, that’s not the case for us long-suffering Wolfpackers. But we can look forward anyway, as Ken Tysiac does this morning:

Courtney Fells, the easygoing senior who recently moved from shooting guard to small forward, impressed his teammates with his no-nonsense photo pose. Ben McCauley, Trevor Ferguson and Farnold Degand also were among the players who tagged along.

After a fractious 2007-08 season that saw the Wolfpack stumble to the No. 12 seed in the ACC Tournament and a 15-16 record, an exhibition trip to Canada could provide much-needed healing.

“It’s a really good thing,” N.C. State junior guard Trevor Ferguson said of the Wolfpack’s trip. “Being able to start practice now gets the bad taste out of our mouth from last year and look forward to a new year and get up there and play together as a team early on.”

“It’s not just one night,” McCauley said. “It’s a couple days, and it’s just going to be us. If we don’t get along this trip, then we’ve got some trouble. But I think we will.”

Notice anything here, beyond the “fluff piece” aspect? The four guys listed as getting their photos together are all SFN-projected starters for the upcoming season (links for center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard, and point guard analysis from this summer). Ben McCauley continues to express cautious optimism (see earlier analysis) that the team rift can be healed going forward. Courtney Fells is described as having moved to small forward – thank God. Trevor Ferguson sounds pretty confident, too – more like a guy that is ready to play a key role, and not just be a scrappy fan favorite with a cameo here and there. If Trevor’s confident with handling the ball and taking his shot, he can be very useful. Nobody else is at all suited to play starter minutes at the 2.

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22 Responses to Tysiac – Pack Gets Ready for Canada

  1. phillypacker 08/30/2008 at 10:31 AM #

    Hey guys,

    This is off topic but could you consider starting a thread on this? This piece on gopack.com reads as if it were written by a 4th grader. Here is an assortment of the mistakes. The whole piece is poorly written but to save space, I just excerpted brief sections. What an embarrassment that a major university allows this kind of crap to be put out. It’s obvious no one even read this, much less proofread this, before it was posted on the site. Thanks.

    Tales From Toronto
    Courtesy: NC State
    Release: 08/30/2008

    By Brian Reinhardt

    The NC State men’s basketball team found that out today, as the Pack set off for a weekend trip to Toronto for a couple of exhibitions contests.

    Card games got just about everybody involved once the fight was about to board.

    It seemed most players knew they were not going to enjoy the usually travel when all the boarding passes said everybody was in Row 41 and higher on the way to Atlanta.

    • Brandon Costner – When to Houston and worked out with former NBA coach John Lucas and then attended the Chris Paul Basketball Camp, before returning to Raleigh for classes.

    • Johnny Thomas – Besides working countless hours on rehabbing his knee, he took both sessions of summed school, taking PRT classes and a geology lab.

  2. Afterglow 08/30/2008 at 11:14 AM #

    It almost feels like Ben is slightly wishy washy in the following quote:

    “For the most part last year we were a team, but we had some games where some guys went off and did their own things. But this year, I think we are on the same page.”

    Either you are on the same page or you aren’t. I hope that “team issues” have resolved themselves, team chemistry is revived and Coach Lowe is indeed implementing the “It’s my way or the highway” mentality, because with out those three things, our team will lack the ability to play fundamentally sound basketball.

    As for phillypackers comment; I udderly cant stomach grammer that isnt done good.

  3. BoKnowsNCS71 08/30/2008 at 11:19 AM #

    Freudian slip?

    “Card games got just about everybody involved once the fight was about to board.”

  4. phillypacker 08/30/2008 at 11:23 AM #

    My point was that most of us would get called on the carpet if we put out something representing our employer for public consumption and it reflected this poorly on them. NCSU is one of the larger employers in the state of NC and it puts out this kind of crap?

  5. Afterglow 08/30/2008 at 11:36 AM #

    I totally understand and agree with your point. Speaking well is everything in life. It represents who you are and can often be the determining factor in whether or not you get a job. It seems at the very least, those affiliated with any university would make sure they are being represented in a grammatically sound fashion.

  6. highstick 08/30/2008 at 11:38 AM #

    Lee Fowler and Associates! Need I say any more???

  7. thekind 08/30/2008 at 12:20 PM #

    It’s like my ten year old son told me. State basketball has no chance.

    End of story.

  8. Dr. BadgerPack 08/30/2008 at 12:22 PM #

    The grammar in that article is enough to make Larry the Cable Guy blush…

  9. hai17 08/30/2008 at 12:56 PM #

    The technician actually had an article on wednesday covering the basketball team’s trip to Canada, and it had some interesting quotes as well, such as this one.

    “The problem was we had a lot of self egos going on inside the locker room, so we kind of lost the game before we even got to the court,” Fells said. “And it was like everybody, or a certain group of guys, wasn’t thinking about the big picture, which was winning the game. They just wanted to go out there and be the star player and be the show of the game. And that affected us as a team.”

    You can find the article at: http://media.www.technicianonline.com/media/storage/paper848/news/2008/08/27/Sports/Team-Set.For.Toronto.Ready.For.Redemption-3405377.shtml

  10. Afterglow 08/30/2008 at 1:06 PM #

    Nice grab hai17. Fells says what Ben seemed hesitant to express. Hopefully, Fells will carry this leadership onto the court and it will rub off on the other players.

  11. BJD95 08/30/2008 at 1:10 PM #

    Fells was the player most openly jealous of Hickson. FWIW.

  12. highstick 08/30/2008 at 1:27 PM #

    Yes, I thought that was very ironic that he’d say something like that!

  13. Dr. BadgerPack 08/30/2008 at 1:32 PM #

    Well, if you’re playing the 2 guard and can’t regularly hit a spot up jumper, of course you’re going to be pissed when option 1 is get the ball down low to JJ…

  14. howlie 08/30/2008 at 2:18 PM #

    “Fells was the player most openly jealous of Hickson. FWIW.”

    Thx for that. I find that peculiar, and assumed [wrongly] that it was primarily a rift caused by Ben & Brandon whose previous high-low passing was marvelous to watch–and whose tandem game was replaced by JJ. And not to mention, the alleged ‘he’s humping my girlfriend’ fiasco…

  15. Afterglow 08/30/2008 at 4:00 PM #

    It’s probably the aggregate of all of these things. I personally have never heard anyone on the team come out and actually say it. Ben has alluded to it but all the while he has been semi wishy washy regarding the issue. Clearly you could see a parallel process taking place on the court but at the time, I only felt comfortable speculating. This seems fixable. I hope these issues have been resolved and egos can be left at the door-if not, we’re in for the same shit, different year scenario.

  16. redfred2 08/30/2008 at 8:35 PM #

    If we have players, at any time, who are going to sulk in the locker room because they aren’t getting their way, instead of going out trying harder to make something happen on the court when it matters, then they should be sitting on their asses watching instead of participating in EVERY DAMN GAME. With the way he played last season, his lack of desire to even force the issue, and especially if Courtney Fells really was the worst offender in the childlike jealousy scenario, and IF the staff was aware of it at any time, then I am very disappointed and even more confused as to what makes Sidney Lowe tick these days.

  17. choppack1 08/30/2008 at 9:23 PM #

    The pack won 81-60. Box score up on Gopack.com.

    However, the most interesting thing revealed…

    Senior Ben McCauley did not make the trip to Toronto for conduct detrimental to the team according to Lowe.

    Yea, the “good vibes” have lasted a week or tow…

  18. redfred2 08/30/2008 at 9:53 PM #

    ^Ben McCauley??? WHAT IN THE HELL???

    That is kind of surprising to me, but I don’t really care who it is, if they’re out of line, leave ’em behind, we don’t need them. There are other kids out there who just want the opportunity to play, and will play hard.

    I only make that comment considering that Coach Lowe has the judgement to know what’s best for the rest of the team, but to be honest, I’m really not so certain about that either at the moment.

  19. Afterglow 08/30/2008 at 9:54 PM #

    Interesting indeed. Ben McCauley? Woulda never thunk it. Odd, but perhaps the “it’s my way or the highway” mentality is in full force for anyone who chooses to test it. It will be interesting to see how (if at all) this plays out. As for the good vibes, I feel kind of good about this. I don’t know why.

  20. sf59 08/30/2008 at 11:34 PM #

    Ben Me-Cauley strikes AGAIN….

  21. PackerInRussia 08/31/2008 at 5:15 AM #

    It seems like every article leading up to this trip has included Ben McCauley talking about what a good bonding experience it would be for the team to go on this trip together. I guess he wasn’t interested in bonding.
    It’s always great when your seniors are doing things that are detrimental to the team.

  22. Trip 08/31/2008 at 7:29 AM #

    Stats of interest.

    11-24 2-6 7-8 9 reb 31 pt 2 assists 3 turnovers 1 steal
    Costner may be back. He had a team high 34 minutes as well.

    0-5 0-0 0-1 3 reb 0 pt 4 assists 1 turnover 5 steals 25
    No points is suspect, but I know javi can hit it from 3 pt. 4/1 a/t is good, and it looks like Javi is still a thief. Solid overall but needs more scoring.

    Still hitting it from 3p 2-4, 3 steals, couple of assists/turnovers.

    Tracy Smith
    3-10 Free throws. What? I thought he got better at the end of the year. Must be first game jitters again. That show’s he’s being aggressive though by the amount of fouls AND that all 5 of his rebounds were offensive, which is amazing. I think we’re going to like this kid.

    5 rebounds, 7-7 free throw, 0-4 3-p. Fells shows he can rebound, but also that his 3-p shooting is streaky still.

    Rebounded, scored some. Not bad. About what we expect from him.

    CJ Williams:
    0 turnovers in 15 minutes? I’ll take it.

    Nothing too special, no points, a few rebounds/assists/turnovers. Played 16 minutes though.

    Horner: Missed all his shots except free throws. Bleh.

    Looks like we couldn’t put the ball in the bucket at all. I don’t know how good York university is (Probably trash) but they shot a lot of 3’s and it looks like our perimeter defense improved as we held them to 26% from that.

    Mccauley doesn’t make the trip? Holy hell, I wanna hear more about this… maybe he was trying to start a fire with his comments? Good to hear Sidney isn’t taking shit, even from our seniors.

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