Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sharing The Wealth: Pack Leading The ACC Academically

The News and Observer reported this morning that the Pack's Basketball Program set the standard this past season for the ACC when it comes to Academics. The NCAA Academic Progress Rates were just released, and as Pack fans you should be proud of the results:

"N.C. State led all ACC men's basketball teams with a score of 995 out of a possible 1,000. The rate measures the total progress toward graduation of athletes on each team at each Division I school. A 925 is considered a passing score.

School athletics officials said N.C. State's strong showing in the classroom is partly due to coach Sidney Lowe's efforts to keep players in school after he took over for Herb Sendek in 2006. Coaching changes often are followed by an exodus of players who transfer to other schools, but that didn't happen at N.C. State.

"I think academically when Herb left they were in pretty good shape, and Sidney has done a good job of trying to maintain kids in school," said N.C. State athletics director Lee Fowler."

Congratulations to all of the Pack players that did their part in the classroom and congratulations to Coach Lowe and his staff for guiding these kids in the right direction!

*The excerpt above is from the article in the N&O this morning.


13 Responses to "Sharing The Wealth: Pack Leading The ACC Academically"
  1. Erik said...
    May 7, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Congrats to Sid and his staff, and especially to the players for working hard in school.

  2. primacytwo said...
    May 7, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    ^ +1

  3. ppack3 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    That goes to show that Sidney has his priorities in order. I'm very proud to have TOB and Lowe focusing on every aspect of our two high-profile programs. Go State.

  4. ppack3 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    You're right 'please', credit must go to all involved, including Herb and Fowler. I think that we are going to have to take a chance on some players, periodically, that don't have the best academic background. It's not as if Sid is stocking the cupboard with 'one and done' guys, but he may have to be careful.
    Not only are Wall and Painter not the most promising students, there are other issues with the "one and done" players with regards to progress rates. Check out this article -
    Ga.Tech is going to find themselves in a very rough situation soon. They are losing scholarships because of their score (2 so far)! This seems, to me, like another way that the NCAA is trying to keep schools from pursuing too many of the one year college players, while still promoting academics. Personally, I would like to see players have to go to school for two or three years before declaring for the draft. But, I don't think that will happen anytime soon.

  5. TruthBKnown Returns said...
    May 7, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    I really believe, if we have just a LITTLE patience, Sid will get this program where we want it to be. Herb did a good job with academics, too. But I think Sid, if given a chance, will outshine Herb in every aspect of our basketball program.

  6. one00proof said...
    May 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Not really on the topic, but hearing some good things about Painter from those who attended the Wolfpack caravan. He's still planning to take his Maryland visit though so keep your fingers crossed that everything stays status quo.

  7. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    ^ same here one00proof. There were thoughts that he might not take his Maryland visit, but thats not the case. We should know something by next week at the latest.

  8. Jason said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    This is a actually a pleasant surprise. (that's we're leading the ACC academically)

  9. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    i thought that the system is set so that a school is not hurt by a player leaving early to turn pro so long as the player is in good academic standing when he leaves. is this so?

  10. Alum02 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Not trying to hijack this thread, but do we know where/when Ryan Harrow, Mychael Parker, CJ Leslie, and Luke Cothron are playing next?

  11. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    "i thought that the system is set so that a school is not hurt by a player leaving early to turn pro so long as the player is in good academic standing when he leaves. is this so?"

    From what I understand...if the kid stays in good academic standing the whole doesn't hurt. But if you just do enough to get by in the first semester and tank the second, (which is what some of these one and dones do) that hurts. Which is why Sid held JJ to the deal "You do what you are supposed to in class, I will do what I am supposed to in scheduling your workouts." JJ finished strong in the spring even knowing he was going to the NBA. Good Kid.

  12. ppack3 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Good analysis anonymous.

  13. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    I'd wear Adidas over Nike any day!


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