Wednesday, May 6, 2009

NC State Names New "Director of Basketball Operations": Levi Watkins

With the departure of Justin Gainey to Elon, the NC State basketball program needed to fill their "Director of Basketball Operations" position. They did so by promoting former Wolfpack Forward Levi Watkins.

Levi was a four year varsity player under former head coach Herb Sendek. Watkins starred at Montrose Christian and was a Parade All-American before enrolling at NC State. He was a vital piece to the the NC State team during his years on the court ('02-'05) after recovering from a knee injury that derailed his freshman season.

Watkins went on to join the NC State staff as an administrative assistant and video coordinator. With the departure of Gainey, Levi will now be moving up the ladder and we wish him the best. His previous position will be filled as soon as the University is able to hire, which most likely will not be until after the Wake County Education hiring freeze is lifted. Many believe that will be around June 1st, when the new budgets are revealed.

Congrats Levi!


36 Responses to "NC State Names New "Director of Basketball Operations": Levi Watkins"
  1. Dennis said...
    May 6, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Great to see Sid keeping it in the family with a guy who played the right way! Congrats Levi and best of luck in the new role!

  2. ppack3 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Congratulations, Levi!
    Exit former NC State player, enter new, former NC State player. I think I see a pattern here.
    Go State!

  3. Realwolfpacker said...
    May 6, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    We didn't hire Dwon or Brian Clifton?

    Just kidding.....couldn't help myself. Congratulations to Levi.

  4. Alum02 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    I didn't realize Gainey had held the position previously. I thought it was another former player. What all goes into this job and how capable is Levi? Isn't schedule planning a major part of this position?

  5. ppack3 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    I was actually going to suggest hiring a Clifton. But, I've heard Brian Clifton has a some kind of problem with NCSU. What that problem is, I have no idea. Maybe WPH can help shed some light on that situation.

  6. morpheus647 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Congratulations, love to keep the jobs in the Wolfpack family.

  7. Tucker167 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Awesome for Levi. Great post as usual, WPH is on the story. For those of you who need something a little less "reliable," try my new blog "" It's not exactly made for the truth.

  8. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 6, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    It has to do with the recruitment of his brother Dwon, who attended Clemson and later transferred to UNC-G.

    I'm not sure where the relationship now stands, seeing as we have a new staff and everything, but I don't think that hire would look to good for NC State. The names we've heard floating around are qualified and high character men, so the correct choice will certainly be made. (don't ask, we're not at liberty to name names at this point, sorry)

  9. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    BREAKING NEWS::::::::::::::::;;;

    Wolfpack Hoops & Fans I just heard some wonderful news on the John Wall front. I had someone who is very close to the entire situation from day 1 and I am being told that John Wall is going to commit to N.C. State within the next 48-72 hours !!!!

  10. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 6, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    ^Thanks for the post...yet we can't confirm this.

  11. gopack21 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 3:40 PM


  12. Jason said...
    May 6, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    ^^While as much as i'd like to beleive it, and i'm not necessarily saying you're lying, but i hope NOBODY believes that until it actually happens.

    Oh, and congrats to Levi!

  13. Jesse said...
    May 6, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    "Wolfpack Hoops & Fans I just heard some wonderful news on the John Wall front. I had someone who is very close to the entire situation from day 1 and I am being told that John Wall is going to commit to N.C. State within the next 48-72 hours !!!!"

    Is this another silent verbal that is so silent that even John Wall doesn't know about it?!?!!

    I'll believe it when I see it, till then I don't

  14. ppack3 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    WPH, trust me, I know the negative attention that Baylor got for their hire. It was a rhetorical suggestion as the Operations position has already been filled. I really didn't think Mr. Clifton (nor NCSU) would jump at the opportunity to unite.

  15. ppack3 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Where did you hear this news, Anon?

  16. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Just put your trust and belief in me on this one. It will all start to unfold !! I can't reveal my name or source at this time so that I do not cause any problems within my family !

  17. TheWolfman8321 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    1. ^ why do I feel like this might be legit? I was figuring something might break today after Bledsoe committed to Kentucky. I hope you're right!

    2. haha 2 hours later PackPride hits with the Levi story. Well done WPH, you guys are setting the standard around here as far as NC State athletic info goes.

  18. Realwolfpacker said...
    May 6, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    ^ I would like to believe you Mr. Mr. Anon. And god knows I hope you are right. But, without any more detail it's hard to believe you. But....again, I sincerely hope your sources are accurate.

  19. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    WPH, I was wondering if you could shed some light about our scholarship situation. We already have 5 signed and still have 2 more guys we are going after. How will this all work out?

  20. knwillia said...
    May 6, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    not going to trust anyone under an anonymous title...hope it happens, but doubt it ever will

  21. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 6, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    ^ If Painter and Wall decide to run with the Pack then they'll be able to. I know the scholarship situation says otherwise but just trust that our staff knows what they're doing.

    Maybe there are some behind the scenes stuff we just don't know about. A player leaving? Medical hardship? ...NC State does give academic scholarships you know ; )

    ^ all of what I just mentioned is speculation and just some things to think about when talking about a scholarship situation. Sid wouldn't have taken Vandenberg or wouldn't be recruiting Painter and Wall if he didnt have room for them.

  22. ppack3 said...
    May 6, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    I have to say, it is not hard to start a rumor on the boards. (See: Lee Fowler is going to be fired!) Yet, it wouldn't surprise me to see John Wall make his decision sooner, based on current events. Bledsoe committing to Kentucky could mean less PT there, and the incident earlier in the week could drive his Mother to push for keeping him in Raleigh. Duke's 'system'(Coach K)is not good for JW, and Roy isn't all that interested (and I think the feeling is mutual). Hence the Dark Horse in the race.
    Nothing would surprise me.
    Having said that, I would FREAK if John Wall committed to NC State! And, I would hope that would get some folks off of Sidney Lowe's back. Although, negative people will still point to the Hickson experiment while arguing against Sidney. But landing J. Wall would be the first hurdle. The second hurdle, in getting the fan base united behind the basketball program, would be a championship (not necessarily next year).

  23. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Do you think Simion Harris would find a spot on the staff? I heard he showed alot of recruits around campus.

  24. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    I am Afterglow

    I have to say that all along I thought it would be Kentucky but now I have no idea what to think. To me, Duke my very well have taken him off of their list with what happened recently but who knows about that. Kentucky is probably out. North Carolina was never in according to John Wall but... Maimi? Possibly according to some sources. In any event, I think my head has spun more times than Linda Blares with this whole Wall thing.

  25. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 6, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    ^^ I'm not sure. I haven't heard what Simon's plans are. We'll try to find that out.

  26. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    A lot can happen in 48 to 72 hours. He could change his mind several times.

  27. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 6, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    This is obviously unconfirmed and us allowing that comment means nothing. We post all comments that do not bash our players or staff.

    I see this comment making rounds on other boards and other sites. Just be careful blowing this out of proportion. It is posted by "anonymous" so it could be a Carolina fan, a kentucky fan, or it could be John Wall himself. There is no telling, and you really shouldn't buy into much until Wall announces.

  28. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Congrats Levi. Anon may be a rival fan pulling our chain. Don't believe everything you read. Great article once again WHP.

  29. Anonymous said...
    May 6, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    I forgot my password to log-in my google acct. anyone know how i can retreive it?

  30. Lynda said...
    May 6, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    So... like... getting back to Levi??? I'm excited to see him working through the ranks of the NC State basketball hierarchy. And for those who don't remember, Levi was a scholar athlete for us, and I expect to see him coaching here in some capacity in the years to come. And when he gets to that point, he will have accumulated a lot of experience in every aspect of our basketball system. Way to go, Mr. Watkins.

  31. P Sizzle88 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Good job fellas!

  32. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 6:29 AM

    Everybody does the 'waiver wire.' We sat down Marques Johnson in the offseason and told him to transfer (and that his scholarship wouldn't be renewed). Of that, I'm 100% sure. I'm 75% sure we did that with Ferguson and if push comes to shove we'll do the same with Farnold. Anything to make room for better players will be done. Anyone who thinks Sid is above this is looking at the world in red-tinted glasses. Every program does this road, including both Butch Davis and Tom O'Brien. TOB and Sid have even told walk-ons to not come back to make room for better walk-ons

  33. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    John Wall would be much different from JJ. With a one-and-done guard you can make it "his team" and save chemistry. Not so much with a big man, who has little chance of setting up others, can't get the ball without asking for it, which leads to others on the team not liking the one-and-done big man. Unless your team or that player have no ego (UCLA with Love) a one-and-done big man is hard to throw into an experienced team and do well. Same thing happened with Tim Thomas at 'Nova years ago (he supposedly 'killed chemistry' too). Wall would be HUGE for us. Even Oden needed Mike Conley to take full reigns of the team!

  34. please said...
    May 7, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Not sure why you people still talking up Wall. If you guy's want Sid to be around he does not need another one and done .

  35. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 7, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    ^^^Thanks P Sizzle

  36. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 5:39 AM

    Not sure how Sid needs to miss on the best player in the country in order to stay around longer. Really? Methinks you're out-thinking yourself on that one.


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