Friday, April 24, 2009

KEEP IT COMING: 2009 Recruiting Class Gets More National Attention

We already had a pretty decent recap on the Reebok game, featuring 2009 commits Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell, but if I know NC State fans then I know that there is never too much information to be had. Which is why when we came across this excerpt from we felt like it was necessary to pass it on:

G Lorenzo Brown - 6-3, 186 lbs. - Centennial (Ga.) - Signed to N.C. State
Few players looked as comfortable with the ball in their hands as Brown. He's listed as a shooting guard, but I full believe he could take over the reigns as a point guard, and not even just a scoring point. He finished with 13 points and a number of really nice passes, as well as penetrating more often and easier than just about any player in the game. His play down the stretch aided Team Create in keeping things close as much as anyone.

SF Richard Howell - 6-8, 235 - Wheeler HS (Ga.) - Signed to N.C. State
Howell was one of the most impressive players in practice Thursday, showing great hand-eye coordination and the ability to produce in the post. But in the game, he came out flat, scoring just 6 points. I like where he could be, even if he's not there yet. He has the potential to bulk up a little bit and become a very nice post player, or work on his perimeter skills and make a mark as a swingman.

It’s amazing the amount of positive publicity this 2009 class is getting from the national media. It seems like everyday someone else is coming out and giving our commits some serious props. People are starting to take notice that something is going on in Raleigh. They’re starting to see some major names listing NC State. This 2009 class has people talking…Here is what ESPN has to say about the incoming class:

After continually doing an outstanding job on the recruiting trail and putting together top-level classes, NC State has to endure head-to-head competition against two schools who regularly fill their rosters with players from the McDonald's Game. Not that Sidney Lowe is complaining, but such is the plight that drove Herb Sendek to ASU after dealing with the same issues. With a roster chock-full of juniors and seniors, Coach Lowe desired a recruiting class that could keep him competitive in the powerful ACC -- and the Class of 2009 is just what the doctor ordered. Lowe tapped into the never-ending talent pool of the state of Georgia to nab ESPNU 100 prospects G Lorenzo Brown (Roswell, Ga./Centennial) and PF Richard Howell (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler). Brown, although not the quickest point guard, has all the skill and savvy to be a dynamite player for the Wolfpack. He is very good off the dribble and has the overall talent to make an immediate impact -- and possibly start from the moment he steps on campus. Howell can be a nightmare matchup for opponents. He has the strength and bounce to finish around the basket. However, what makes him so difficult to stop is his quickness, which he utilizes to take opponents off the bounce. While Brown and Howell get most of the attention, Lowe might have found one of the top sleepers in the country in 6-6 Scott Wood (Marion, Ind.). Wood is recognized as one of the most prolific shooters in the country. With Brown's penetration ability, Wood should be available for some ideal catch-and-shoot situations.

Yeah, I know. We are excited too.


10 Responses to "KEEP IT COMING: 2009 Recruiting Class Gets More National Attention"
  1. Kris said...
    April 24, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Great to hear these young men are getting the attention they deserve. This class will give NC State basketball a great foundation for years to come.

  2. Craig said...
    April 24, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    WP Hoops - You are accomplishing your stated goal. I am actually excited about the future of Pack hoops. Thanks for all the time and effort.

  3. Reed said...
    April 25, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Any update of how the visit went with Miami? when is he going to trim his list down ? when do college players have to make their final decisions? who else are we recruiting??? is vandenberg coming yes or no. Is Painter a real possibility or a longshot? Vincent Williams did he WOW Sidney Lowe when they went to see him like he did Monty Towe????? please let me know these answers thanks guys !!!!!!!! BEST WOLFPACK SITE

  4. Anonymous said...
    April 25, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    ...and, for what it's worth, espn has some good things to say about josh davis, and ranks him as the #99 SF. (hopefully this link works)

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Haven't heard, next week, before college starts, Wall/Vandenberg/Painter, a possibility if he can keep his grades up, no he did not WOW him and we are no longer recruiting him hard.

    Hope that works.

  6. Kris said...
    April 25, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Anonymous, like the espn eval says I think Josh will be a talented 4 year player. Keep in mind, lowe and company were after John Wall, CJ Leslie, and Ryan Kelly (just to name a few in our own back yard) before they had any stars and long before other local schools began recruiting.

  7. IntenseWithCommonSense said...
    April 25, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    How many "ships" do we have to give out for next year? i know Degand & Horner are seniors but that is only 2. Cothron,Leslie,Harrow,Parker would be a legitimate Top 5 recruting class next year is there room for all 4 guys? thanks Wolfpack Hoops you guys are the MF best site out here ! Also if you could add what are the chances of landing Painter and when will we know how much longer before he has to pick somewhere?? also same with John Wall how much longer does he have its almost May. Vandenberg whats his status?

  8. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    ^ How many "ships" we have for next year depends on our haul this year. If we land Vandenberg/Painter then it would bring our number down next year. Wall really doesn't matter since he's 1 and done.

    Ferguson and Costner opened up 2 ships. Next year Horner and Degand will open up 2 more. But honestly I wouldn't worry about the number we have to hand out. If there's a top player that wants to come to State, he will not be turned away.

    In my opinion, the staff is on Painter but and I'm told he will visit us, but I'm not sure if the staff would rather have him or Vandenberg. I know that sounds crazy, but Vandenberg is 7 feet tall and actually has a pretty high ceiling. Couple that with the fact that he's not demanding playing time (Painter decommitted to Florida for that very reason) and he'd be happy just being a role player behind Smith, Howell and Horner until he develops. So there is a decision the staff is forced to make. Neither guy can come in a be an absolute game changer , but both could log minutes in the ACC as a freshman.

    John Wall supposedly told media at the Jordan game that he'll decide after the Miami visit, which means he'll be deciding this week. As you know, things with Wall can change in an instant so I wouldn't hold your breath)

    The Vandenberg situation should be all resolved in the next few days to a week, at which point he'll make his final decision. He does like us but he also just met with Nevada, so we have nothing official at the moment. Him being in Australia makes everything a bit harder for us to follow, we'll keep you updated as best we can.

  9. Anonymous said...
    April 25, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    so in a round-about way are you trying to say that it's Vandenberg?
    or is it someone we haven't been aware of?

  10. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 25, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    ^ No I'm not. I'm just trying to describe to you how his recruitment is playing out and the decisions the staff has to make and the decisions recruits have to make.


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