Two Very Good Reasons To Attend Saturday’s Open Hoops Practice

recruit_john_wall_200.jpgDerrick Favors To Visit Saturday, Attend Open Practice

Coming up this weekend is a trip to N.C. State, which Favors said he’s looking forward to meeting John Wall, a 6-4, 175-pound guard out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy (left) and the top recruit in the nation according to Rivals, said he wants to visit N.C. State this weekend to spend time with Favors and potentially scrimmage with the team. Wall is considering Kansas, Memphis, NC State, Baylor, and Oregon, but has taken only one official visit, to Kansas.

“I’m excited about it,” Favors told “I want to see the style that they play in. I want to see how the atmosphere is. I’m trying to not let things get to me, and stay level-headed.” Men’s Basketball to Hold Open Practice 

The Pack will practice in Reynolds Coliseum this Saturday from 12:00-2:00 p.m., admission and parking is free.

08-09 Basketball Basketball Recruiting General Sidney Lowe

23 Responses to Two Very Good Reasons To Attend Saturday’s Open Hoops Practice

  1. statered 10/16/2008 at 1:24 PM #

    This is a HUGE recruiting weekend for Sid. Reel these two in and we are talking about getting really good, really fast, not the mention the positive impact it would have on future recruiting.

  2. SEAT.5.F.2 10/16/2008 at 1:25 PM #


    I’m not old enough to even know what it feels like to have the best player in nation size us up. NOW you say its the two best, on the same day.


  3. Dr. BadgerPack 10/16/2008 at 1:37 PM #

    This is the part where I would like to thank ESPN, the NCAA and the ACC for making sure we couldn’t possibly screw up the timing of the basketball practice and the football game.

    Blind Squirrel.


  4. Rick 10/16/2008 at 1:46 PM #

    I have not seen Favors play but have sen Wall pay about 5 times.
    I have been watching high school basketball for 25 years and he is probably the fastest player I have seen at that level. The firs thing I thought when I saw him was Rajon with better passing.

  5. primacyone 10/16/2008 at 1:48 PM #

    “With a point guard or a power forward, you can’t go wrong with Sidney Lowe,” Desmond Eastmond, the director of Worldwide Renegades.

  6. wolfpack n da house 10/16/2008 at 1:50 PM #

    How many scholarships are still available for the class of 09′?

  7. BJD95 10/16/2008 at 1:52 PM #

    ^ As many as we need (well, at least 2). Sid can count.

  8. primacyone 10/16/2008 at 1:59 PM #

    3 L’s for these guys.

    Lowe, Lottery Pick, Legends of NCSU.

    Not a single reason for either of them not to come here.

  9. ChiefJoJo 10/16/2008 at 2:09 PM #

    Wow, I didn’t realize Wall was still considering us, given that we got Harrow for ’10, though I guess both Wall and Favors are one and done. I should get ahead of myself, but… if we somehow signed both of these guys, in addition to the three we have in the fold now, we’d have to have the #1 overall class, would we not?

  10. EverettBeez 10/16/2008 at 2:16 PM #

    Is the team practicing at Reynolds? That could be a truly memorable atmosphere if you could get a big crowd in there.

  11. spanky 10/16/2008 at 2:35 PM #

    I think what I love the most… (by no means trying to turn this thread negative because it should be VERY positive) is that the only times I have heard of the open practice is on message boards. I guess if you frequent gopack you would find it as well. But we need a large showing in Reynolds… why isn’t there more advertisements???

  12. charger17 10/16/2008 at 2:53 PM #

    Absolutely, why isn’t there more advertisements. What really is awful is that I live in TN and can’t do anything about this.

    Somebody going to the game tonight needs to make a sign the size the south end zone that reads:


    Honestly, what can out of towners do to make Saturday ABSOLUTELY HUGE?

  13. Greywolf 10/16/2008 at 4:08 PM #

    “Favors said he’s looking forward to meeting John Wall, a 6-4, 175-pound guard out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy (left) and the top recruit in the nation according to Rivals, said he wants to visit N.C. State this weekend to spend time with Favors and potentially

    I didn’t think this was legal under NCAA rules. I would be a “try-out” for either of these two guys but for some others….

  14. Mike 10/16/2008 at 4:21 PM #

    The first thing I thought of was violation, and I dont mean double dribble. How can these guys practice with the team? I did not think they could even play pick-up games, much less practice.

  15. package5 10/16/2008 at 4:39 PM #

    anybody can play pickup games with our players. the NCSU coaches canNOT be present if a recruit is playing.

  16. McLovin 10/16/2008 at 4:51 PM #


    If we somehow get one or *cross your fingers* both of these players (which I know I thought was close to impossible)
    we might actually be able to get excited over a sports season and NOT be disappointed!!

    Knock on every piece of wood you can get your hands on and show these boys some love at Reynolds for Heavens sake!!

  17. coppertop 10/16/2008 at 10:25 PM #

    i just am curious how this will turn into a bad thing for us since lately we seem to have the opposite of the Midas touch!
    Regardless I wish I could be there but not much I can do from Alabama!

  18. Trip 10/17/2008 at 2:09 PM #

    Technician has a article in it today on the back page that tells people to go to the practice tomorrow if only just to encourage these 2 men to come to NC State. I’ll be there.

  19. ruffles31 10/17/2008 at 2:52 PM #

    Do we have enough scholarships for both of them in next year’s class? I could be wrong but I thought we didn’t have 2 left over.

  20. ChuckAllYall 10/17/2008 at 2:55 PM #

    Spread the word!!!! Come one, come all to Historic Reynolds Coliseum tomorrow!!!!!!

  21. xphoenix87 10/18/2008 at 1:35 PM #

    Just got back from watching the practice. A few observations.

    – I’m always hesitant to believe talk about a guy really dedicating himself over the summer, yada yada yada. Talk is easy in the offseason, and often never amounts to anything. However, the talk from Brandon Costner is for real. He looked a good 15 pounds lighter at least. Definitely trimmer and much more explosive than he was last year. He didn’t do much during the scrimmages, but he looked great.

    – Javi Gonzalez will be the Wolfpack’s starting point guard this year. He looked better than I ever would have imagined. He was making good decisions, and he was making them instantly, instinctively. He was strong with the ball and looked confident, everything that he wasn’t at the beginning of last year.

    – The highlight of the practice was when John Wall responded to a chant by standing up and throwing up two wolf signs. Everyone went absolutely nuts. Both Wall and C.J. Leslie were in the house along with Favors.

    – There was definitely an emphasis on getting the ball into the post. Several times as a team drove down the floor, Lowe would repeatedly yell “SEE HIM” to the guards as McCauley posted up.

    – Farnold Degand is obviously not back at full speed. He wasn’t awful, but he certainly isn’t 100% yet

  22. Trip 10/18/2008 at 2:45 PM #

    ^^^ Agreed with those statements. Costner/Gonzalez were different players… and for the best.

  23. SEAT.5.F.2 10/18/2008 at 3:30 PM #

    Scrimmage/practice. I would hope FD would be pacing it early since if he gets hurts you can stick a fork in it.

    JW has been on the scene. His mom has taught him well, it’s not all about the “dark side” in Chapel Hill, there is an aura of basketball mecca in that building since Tabac Rd started in Reynolds.

    Could this really happen? Thompson/Burelson, Lowe/Whitt/Bailey are the incoming classes that set the standard at State, they went on to hang the banners we are so proud of. This ’09 class gives us another chance to dream, as V would want it.

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