Julius Hodge keeps up with Pack from down under

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For those who weren’t up at 6:45 this morning listening to 620 the Buzz, Adam Gold and Joe Ovies did an interview with former Wolfpacker Julius Hodge that lasted nearly as long (7:53) as NC State’s second half scoring drought against the Heels Tuesday night.

Hodge, who now plays professionally in Australia for the Melbourne Tigers, said he’s been keeping up with the Wolfpack via SlingBox, a TV streaming device which works with any broadband connection.

Here’s some thoughts from Julius:

“You know what, I have something called Slingbox on my laptop so I get the game. I get Raycom. We were rolling, man, up 43-38 in the second half and the Deon Thompson and the boys just started rolling. Sometimes it goes like that.”

“Farnold got it one time on the right wing and he had a strong penetration middle and I was like ‘dang if I was right there I would have threw it on somebody’ but I guess we have a young team and sometimes you’re gonna have those games.”

“I like the perimeter play. Javi played well last night and if those guys can consistently do that in the low post we were looking good. It’s tough with a young team and Coach Lowe has a lot on his hands. But he’s doing a good job. Hey a couple wins in the ACC and they are right back in the middle of the pack.”

Check out the full interview here. Please listen around the five-minute mark. Golden Julius Hodge stuff on Venus Williams.

Julius is on Twitter too. Or go to his web site.

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13 Responses to Julius Hodge keeps up with Pack from down under

  1. GoldenChain 01/27/2010 at 11:11 AM #

    Julius, If I were 12 times zones away I wouldn’t waste my time. It doesn’t take but 30 seconds to read the article two days later when GOPack finally puts it up.

  2. fullmoon1 01/27/2010 at 1:25 PM #

    Jules has some good points. It would behoove the pack to study waht Hodge did, the penetration, the dishing and the ability to get in the heads of opponents. We need his swagger.

  3. JT 01/27/2010 at 2:00 PM #

    I loved Hodge and he’s one of the few bright spots from the Sendek years. But no matter what, Lowe needs the horses. He hasn’t landed a single guy as good as Hodge (besides Hickson who doesn’t even register as a State player for me), and worst of all he doesn’t have a top tier ACC point guard. Javi is better than he was, but he’s always a play away from flipping out or turning it over. Degand is fast, but isn’t a real point. Mays is pretty good, but is neither quick nor a creative passer. There’s some young talent, but no Hodge-types and no point to really lead consistently. If that isn’t solved fast, talent and a really good point, Lowe will be gone. Everybody rags his floor coaching, but his real problem is recruiting. Damn, I miss Hodge.

  4. thekind 01/27/2010 at 2:37 PM #

    What baffles me the most about Sid is the lack of talent at the guard positions. If anyone should know how valuable the #1 and #2 position is in college basketball it should be Sid.
    College basketball will always be a guards game (that has never changed). But year in and year out, our guard play is aweful. The last great guards we had were Fire and Ice, and when they played for State we had some very strong teams.
    IMHO- you can not build great teams around the #4 position. It does not work!
    Harrow and Brown may in fact be the saviors, BUT old Sid is running out of time.

  5. wayofthemaster 01/27/2010 at 3:40 PM #

    I know this is completely off topic, and maybe I’ve just been in the dark over the past two months, but I had no idea Whittenburg was fired last month.


  6. Plz2BStateFan 01/27/2010 at 4:48 PM #

    Lowe has made about 3,245 comments after his first year about how important good guard play is. He knows it, we know it, everybody who pays attention to college athletics knows it. He just hasnt been able to bring in the talent until next year. If you think about this years recruiting class being upper classmen, you start to realize what talent depth we could have. Now if only we could have definative proof that Lowe is a good at floor management and coaching kids up.

  7. tjfoose2 01/27/2010 at 5:51 PM #

    “Hey a couple wins in the ACC and they are right back in the MIDDLE of the pack.”


  8. choppack1 01/27/2010 at 9:06 PM #

    Jules is awesome. He definitely wasn’t scared and never dogged it.

    I’m hoping Harrow can make a similar difference.

  9. Scooter 01/27/2010 at 10:01 PM #


    How far we have fallen since, “When we hungry, we eat.”

  10. fullmoon1 01/27/2010 at 11:38 PM #

    I wonder if Jules follows Arizona State. Someone had to say it. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall to witness some of the exchanges between Jules and the never to be named one.

  11. Mr. Wuf 01/28/2010 at 7:52 AM #

    Lowe has been trying to recruit a great PG ever since he got here, but good PGs are like gold on the recruiting trail. PGs are what win championships in the NCAA while big men win rings in the NBA. Lowe tried to get Chris Wright, he tried to get Chris Warren, he tried to get John Wall. He knows the value of a good PG and maybe Harrow will be that answer next year. We’ll see. I’m still more impressed with this team than I expected to be.

  12. packplantpath 01/28/2010 at 8:38 AM #

    Honestly, as far as the PG spot has gone, he aimed high and struck out quite a few times. It happens. Hopefully, he has learned a few things and has a backup plan when the stars don’t accept the offer.

    Hey, nobody said it was easy.

  13. JT 01/28/2010 at 3:58 PM #

    I’m glad Lowe has aimed high, but the top coaches come through. I think he can, but he has to actually do it. Nothing would make me happier than for Lowe to settle in as the long term coach. And this team has shown a spark that has been missing for a LONG time, probably since Hodge. On the other hand, because of that aggressive energy shown against Duke and Clemson I was surprised by the collapse against the Holes. I think Lowe can be the guy, he just needs to land those guys he aims for. And it has to happen now.

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