Thursday, April 23, 2009

Coach Lowe Keeping Busy This Off-Season

Flying around the country recruiting the nations top players, communicating the direction of the program to fans, and competing in a golf tournament. Coach Lowe is doing it all this off-season. Pair that with the fact that he has a family to take care of and you can see that Sidney Lowe is one extremely busy man.

Last night, Lowe and football coach Tom O'Brien were in attendance at the Wake County Wolfpack Caravan to talk to fans about what's going on behind the scenes this off-season. Sidney was quick to the point when he let the fans know that he, by no means, was content with the play of the basketball team this past season.

"I feel your pain. We take the losses and disappointments harder than anyone. We know you are hurting, but multiply that by 100 and that's how we feel."

Make no mistake about it, Sidney Lowe wants this program to be mentioned up there with the elite, but he knows, and stressed, that it will take time, but knows that the Pack is on the track. With the addition of Brown, Howell and Wood, he feels certain the Pack can compete in the ACC.

"We need them. We're going to be young, but I have a lot of faith in those guys. They work hard. I don't have to ask them to play hard ... that's part of their game."

He also stated that him and his staff are by no means done recruiting. He cleared up a lot of internet speculation when he said that he is still recruiting 2 players very hard. One of which he hinted (without naming a name) as being John Wall, who is the #1 player in the class. The other is most likely Austrialian center Jordan Vandenberg or 4 star PF Deshawn Painter, although Painters eligibility is still a question.

Sidney is also set to participate in the "Chick-fil-a Bowl Challenge" in Atlanta, which is a golf tournament that could net the school $120,000 in scholarship money if Sidney can pull of the win. He'll be squaring off against the likes of Nick Saban, Tubby Smith and Steve Spurrier, just to name a few. Now I'm not so sure how good Sid is on links, but him and his celebrity guest, who just so happens to be our own Monte Towe, might want to get a few round under their belt over at RGA here in Raleigh before Sunday rolls around.

We at Wolfpack Hoops are especially proud of the hard work that Coach Lowe has been putting in to bring NC State back to the elite pedestal where they once stood.


18 Responses to "Coach Lowe Keeping Busy This Off-Season"
  1. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Sincerely happy that this man is our basketball coach. Give him to the end of Harrows' first season and we'll be talked about in the top 3 in the ACC. Have patience and Lowe will produce the results.

  2. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    any idea as to who the potential comit could be??? Im guessing Aussie

  3. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Coach Lowe is the man. Gonna take 2 more years to really get where we want to be. Fans just gotta be patient and realize how hard it is to "build" a team at this level...we are well on our way though...patience people.

  4. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    it is between us and boise state with the aussie

  5. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 4:21 PM is saying that Duke is Wall's leader followed by Kentucky,unc,and Miami.No mention of State,are we out of it?

  6. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    at about the 1:05 mark you can see Richard Howell show his driving abilities

  7. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 23, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    I'm hoping Painter. But I have no knowledge of the situation whatsoever.

  8. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    " is saying that Duke is Wall's leader followed by Kentucky,unc,and Miami.No mention of State,are we out of it?"

    Of course they're not going to mention us, doesn't mean we're out though. We're not out til John Wall says we're out.

  9. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 23, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    1) We are still in the mix with Wall. I guarantee you that, and don't listen to the media. Until John trims NC State off his list we are in it. Sidney is still going after him as hard as possible.

    2.) There will be some recruit news breaking soon. Situations like this are delicate, so you have to wait until you get the "go ahead" to release anything.

    stay tuned....

  10. Jason said...
    April 23, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Chock full of awesome. A reminder that our OOC schedule this year will include Florida, @Marquette, Arizona, and Northwestern and we are signed up for the Diamond Head Classic in Honululu for December.

    What one-and-done wouldn't want to vacation in Honululu ::wink wink::

  11. JAB77 said...
    April 23, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Here's one for ya that you might choose not to answer- Would the recruiting news be WOW! or okay cool that's a nice pickup?

  12. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 23, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    If news does break today on anything I wouldn't call it 'WOW' news unless it was Wall coming to State and I seriously doubt John is going to commit to anyone on an official visit to Miami.

    So to answer your question I have no problems with State picking up a player that is 'cool that's a nice pickup.'

  13. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Lowe commented at the caravan event that we currently have a class that is about top 20 and we are still in the mix for a couple guys, if we land one of them we would be better than that. He said he couldn't name names, because of recruiting rules, but it was NOT someone local, if I heard correctly.

  14. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    If he's positive about the rest of the recruiting class, then I'm happy.

  15. Anonymous said...
    April 23, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    From ESPN, unless Painter had a change of heart about UM doesn't look like him:

    ESPNU 100 power forward DeShawn Painter is considering an official visit to Maryland in the next few weeks, according to ESPN affiliate website The 6-foot-9 Painter was granted a release from his letter of intent to Florida and is currently hearing from Virginia, Marquette, Michigan State, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Missouri.

    Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell reached out to Painter after his release.

    "After I opened it up, they wanted to talk to me," Painter told the site. "Coach Driesell called and said they wanted the opportunity to talk to me and recruit me, and hopefully get me there this time. They were in my top five [the first time]."

    Painter cited the high number of power forwards who will be on the Florida roster next year, including incoming ESPNU 100 prospect Erik Murphy and Georgetown transfer Vernon Macklin, as the main reason he decided to re-open his recruiting.

  16. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 23, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    ^ Wouldn't say that. I was told he's setting an official up with us at some point.

  17. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    I have all the faith in Coach Lowe that he is working as hard as possible to restore our basketball program to a top 25 team that can contend for ACC championships regularly. I'm just worried about the minority of fans of message boards that give our rival unc journalist a reason to put him on the hot seat. As for John Wall, remember when we were the only school to recruit him he stated that location wasn't a big deal. Now that he has local ACC interest location is the most important thing. To all state fans, we were strongly in it for Derrick Favors and John Wall. Its unfortunate we aren't going to get either one but don't be so critical. We have a great recruiting (#19 per ESPN) classes that can only get better. Lets be grateful for what and who we have. Look on the bright side, if we can recruit like this with bad seasons, think about how good coach lowe will be able to recruit once we start winning more games. And yes, we will start winning more games. Go Pack!!

  18. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    No Diamond Head classic for us


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