Thursday, April 2, 2009

Update From The League

It has been quite awhile since we have done an 'Update From The League.' We apologize for the tardiness but things have been crazy here at Wolfpack Hoops. Without further adieu:

Josh Powell: Since our last update Josh has played in 8 games averaging 12.6 minutes per contest. Josh's two best statistical performances during this stretch were his 14 point output against the Hornets on March 24th and the 6 rebounds he pulled down on March 29th in Atlanta. Josh is currently in a little bit of a shooting slump. He has only connected on one of his last 11 shots. Powell's minutes will definitely decrease with the return of Andrew Bynum. The Lakers hope to have Bynum back for a couple of games before the playoffs. Josh needs to make the most of every opportunity he gets before he returns. Regardless, Josh has to be excited to be heading back to the playoffs. Josh went to the playoffs his rookie season with the Mavs and his sophomore season with the Warriors but failed to reach the postseason last year with the Clippers.

Watch Josh mash on Yao below. This is a highlight from Josh's best game of the season on March 11th against the Rockets. Josh had 17 points and 9 boards in 35 minutes of play. All three of these stats are season highs.

J.J. Hickson: J.J. has only played in three games for the Cavs since our last update. His best outing was this past Sunday's game against the Mavs. J.J. put together to highlights in the final minute (watch the video below). J.J. has lost significant playing time since the emergence of Darnell Jackson. J.J. can't complain though. He is playing for the best team in the NBA and it seems as if King James has taken a liking to him. It should be fun for all of us to watch both J.J. and Josh in the upcoming playoffs.

Cedric Simmons: Cedric Simmons continues to sit out due to a badly sprained ankle. Get well soon Ced City!

April 2, 2009


29 Responses to "Update From The League"
  1. Jason said...
    April 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    I enjoy the alumni updates. And it shows future recruits that we're all a big famil here.

    Keep up the good work WPHs!

  2. Adam said...
    April 2, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    This sort of off topic, but I just had a suggestion that maybe once we get into the off season for basketball if you guys could do a few pieces about some of the historical NCSU players for people like myself who just began following the Wolfpack in the last few years? For instance I hear Fire and Ice referenced all the time and I really don't know anything about them. Just a suggestion. Thanks for all your hardwork on the site, it's much appreciated.

  3. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 2, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Just out of curiousity, i'm aware the focus of this blog is basketball, but do you folks have any plans on branching out and doing some football?

  4. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Thanks for your suggestion. We ran a piece right before the end of the season, kind of outlining what our plans are for this off season. What you are suggesting is something we are working on as we speak. We want to introduce/ update /educate you on all the player's whose jerseys hang in the rafters of the RBC. We have already done an interview piece on Rodney Monroe.

    We also did a profile of Rodney's professional career awhile back as well:

    Keep a look out because we're going to try to hit all of those jerseys this offseason, because we feel that no matter how long ago it was, the tradition and the history of this basketball program should never be forgotten.

    We'd like our fans, our recruits and our players to be knowledgable about our tradition and history because it surely is something that sets us apart from the rest.

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    We love suggestions, anyone else out there got anything they'd like to see us do?

    Let us know, we want you all to have a voice in this thing!

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    We actually do not have plans to venture into football at the moment. For one, we're basketball guys. We love football too, but all of us here have played basketball our whole lives and feel we have a pretty decent knowledge of the game. The other reason, and probably the biggest, is that we don't have anywhere near the type of connections to the football program that we do for basketball.


  7. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Not a problem! Just notice how well you guys cover basketball and I'm looking for something similar for football. Just thought I'd ask. Keep up the great work!!

  8. Anonymous said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:19 PM


    Have yall caught any wind of the staff getting back in contact with Cousins since his backout of Memphis??? any shot there??

    Any other rumors about state adding another player to this years recruiting class???

    I dont hear our name on ESPN when they talk about Wall. Its always memphis, duke, and now Kentucky. Any updates?? State still in the final list for wall??

    thats for the great work!!! GO PACK

  9. Pack Leader said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:23 PM


    I just posted but i figured I would create an identity. Great job again!!

  10. davispack said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Introducing all the names in the rafters sounds great.I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about Pack basketball but I am all in for this. Maybe I will learn something new about a player or 2 or 3. I absolutely love the where are they now? section. You guys seem to be doing a great job with what you are doing but if I think of anything, I'll let you know.

  11. ppack3 said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    I echo 4eva's football remark. We need a pigskin sight, though it is a different animal.

    Question: WPH, is it enough to enter a name under "Name/URL," or do I need to sign on as a "Google/Blogger" in order to comply with your request?

  12. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Ohhhh I remember what I was going to suggest now! You guys put a lot of good information in the comments section of your different articles. Some of those comments are very pertinent and are very good updates. Perhaps you should put a link to an article or section of the website that has those pertinent comments and updates compiled all in one place.

  13. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Which ever you'd like. I just think that it would be cool if everyone got to know each other on here. We want a good core group here because we want to change the way outsiders view NC State Basketball. Thanks so much for signing in!

  14. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Hmm , that is something to think about, though I feel it might take away from the "interactive" part.

  15. TrueWolfpackerTillDeath said...
    April 2, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Wolfpack Nation,

    I just recently signed up to the site and I have this site now bookmarked. I agree it would be awesome if everyone would sign up so that we can have quality talks with the same people and get to know each other better. I will be checking this site many times a day and I love the positive outlook on things because it starts with a positive fan base then that will translate to postive on the court !

    1. Has our staff contacted Cousins to see if he is interested in possibly coming here?
    2. John Wall? any update at all everything i hear its either kentucky or duke is state in the mix at all?
    3. Are we going to add someone else to our class for next year?
    4. Anybody we can google that we are recruting for next year?

    Thanks so much guys ! Great Site

  16. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Thanks for signing up and I'm glad you are enjoying the site. Here's what we can tell you:

    1.)All I can say here is that our staff is taking the necessary steps with DeMarcus. Whether or not we'll land're guess is as good as mine.

    2.)We ARE in the mix with John. That is a fact. Where we stand...I'd say only John Wall himself knows that. He said he wants to trim his list at the Jordan Brand All Star game (April 18th). If we make that cut I will feel a lot better.

    3.) We most likely will be adding another player this year. Outside of Wall and Cousins, you can try to google Jordan Vandenberg but the truth is, theres not many quality bigs out there and Sid's not looking to waste any scholarships.

  17. Jim said...
    April 2, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Do you think that Vandenburg's offer is in addition to Cousins' and Wall's, or does he have to wait for them to decide? Thanks for all your work here! So tired of the negativity everywhere else!

  18. John said...
    April 2, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Thanks for the updates and the videos. Powell is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and one of my favorite Pack players.

  19. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    So were we, which was one of our main reasons we decided to go ahead with this site. A lot of fans do not realize how important it is for the fanbase to be positive and supportive, and how that energy can trickle down to the team.

    To answer you question I'd say that the Vandenberg's offer is dependent on Cousins and Wall. If both were to commit there is no WAY Sid would turn one away b/c of Vandenberg. If we do sign big V I think it's a sign that Sidney has gotten word/knows that either Wall or Cousins is going elsewhere. That's just a guess though. The staff is tight lipped when it comes to scholarship situations like this, b/c they don't want to step on any toes, then have to backtrack and reassure a guy that they wanted him all follow?

  20. LoneWolf said...
    April 2, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    First and for most I would like to say I am very impressed with your knowledge and ties to the current staff... I am also very impressed with you website...

    Now if you don't mind... I do have a couple of questions

    1. How do you feel about the current staff taking players from ga? I would think with sidney lowes background with morgan wooten and dematha he might would look there alittle more. What do you think?

    2.I would also be interested if you have the info about the off seasoning program the players go thru. things like when they called back to start who is really in charge of that and there conditioning?

    3.Since you guys are big ncsu fans how do you feel about the rbc center for basketball vs Lengendary Willam Neal Reynolds Coliseum?

    4.Do you have any insight as to how the womens headcoaching search is going?

  21. davispack said...
    April 2, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    I have a question for you.

    Do you have any idea of what type of game Jordan Vanderburg has?Does he shoot well? Can he run the floor? Does he have good spring in his legs?
    What is the word on that kid?

  22. Kevin said...
    April 2, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Hey WPH,

    Love the site and I think a few suggestions is maybe keeping track of former players who aren't necessarily in the NBA anymore but are making strides in their own regard. I think a lot of people would love to hear how Archie's doing at OSU or how Cam's clothing line is going. Also a small synopsis or interviews with current players would be great too. As a part of Wolfpack nation, I think it's best we try to understand that the kids on the team are more than just basketball players. I think bringing a greater understanding of the players will give us an idea of why they play the way they do.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  23. Anonymous said...
    April 2, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    I've read we are the favorite with Vandenberg(Aussie), and unless the last school visit(boise state I think) is amazing then he will be at state next year.

  24. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 2, 2009 at 8:38 PM


    1) Our coaches will always recruit areas that are hot beds of talent and they will always use the connections that they have. The pipeline that Coach Lowe has established down in Georgia fits the bill for both of these requirements. The connection that Coach Lowe has is Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Sid coached Shareef when he was the Head Coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies. Shareef played his high school ball at Wheeler high school (sound familiar?) and led them to their 1st State Title in 1994. Coach Lowe's first piece of the puzzle down in Georgia was blue-chip prospect J.J. Hickson out of Wheeler. Richard Howell followed in J.J.'s footsteps as he will graduate from Wheeler and don the Red and White. Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow happen to play within the same region as Wheeler.
    It is true that Coach Lowe and Coach Towe have direct connections with DeMatha in Maryland. But just because there is a connection doesn't mean there is going to be talent. DeMatha, and the whole state of Maryland, isn't a hopping place of b-ball talent these days. Maryland had 6 players in the '09 class that were Nationally ranked at their positions compared to Georgia's 15. DeMatha only had one player in this years class that was in Scout's database. That was 4-Star shooting guard Naji Hibbert who is going to Texas A&M. The Pack was pursuing Hibbert and had shown interest, but probably never offered him because of the signing of Lorenzo Brown. The coaching staff will look to recruit hot beds of talent and use the connections that they have built in thier careers. They have a keen awareness of where the talent is going to be strong around the nation. For example, Mississipi is shaping up to be a monster state with the 2011 class, and we have already offered LaQuinton Ross and Rodney Hood.

    2) I know that each of the players is undergoing individual workouts presently. Each player is also assigned to one of the coaches on staff and they have been having their post-season meetings. The players are also playing pick-up ball with past pack players and possible future pack players. Scott Wood told us that all of the Freshmen must report by June 27th to begin working out with the team.

    3) I love Reynolds. It is filled with history and tradition and there is an 'energy' about that place that can't be duplicated. With that being said, we are blessed to play in one of the nicest arenas in all of college basketball, and you can believe that matters to incoming recruits. We should be thankful that Reynolds is still around, which can't be said for the now fallen Yankee Stadium.

    4)I actually don't have any answer concerning the womens headcoaching position at this point. I will see what I can dig up.

  25. j.sol said...
    April 3, 2009 at 4:59 AM


    i can give you updates on cam's clothing line. we're actually going to have a launch party in greensboro on april 24th for the new line called PiNC. which stands for "People in North Carolina". we'll be in raleigh for another launch party may 1st at FM Goods. there's tons of new designs up on the likuid nation website now so you can see what we'll have goin on.

  26. jose said...
    April 3, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Thanks J.Sol,

    Marking the May Day in Raleigh to look n' buy some new threads from Liquid Nation.

    As for a question above by someone about Jordan V, go on Google search "AIS" basketball. Get some background on the elite level training /schooling he is getting (his picture doesn't come up but he is definitely a participant).

    Where ever he lands they will get a player well schooled in the foundamentals of basketball. It's ok to think Andrew Bogut type as a ceiling because the coaches/trainers there seem intent on giving each individual (from 5' to 7' tall) a fair shot at learning all facets of the game the way it was meant to be played.

    Short answer, he will be better prepared then most would expect.

    That said, agree with WPH that DC would have to get serious consideration if he is immediately receptive to our re engagement now that he has (reportedly) opened up the recruitment.

    Kind of torn because I know we need to add "burger boys" but I like the fact we are consistently adding recruitnings that are bought into NC State Basketball already to the fullest. No one would question dedication of a young man making a move to the opposite side of the world and committing 4 years there.

  27. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Hearing that Cousins was telling other playes at the McD's game that he will NOT be following Cal to Kentucky.

    Thats from a very good source that was at the game and involved in the festivities.

  28. jose said...
    April 3, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    That would be refreshing news. Not to act holier then thou but if anything else the bare minimum a HC of college program should be preparing a player for real life.

    Besides, DC does not strike me as a guy who you want to cross. It's probably best for both parties that they move on.

    I would like it to come down to us with Bama, UW, and KSU. I think that the examples of JJ and Tracy Smith would prove our staff's dedication to geting the bigs every opportunity to excel.

  29. Anonymous said...
    April 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    JJ has not even sniffed the floor whats up with that dog?


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