Saturday, August 15, 2009

Open Thread: August 15, 2009

Hey everyone. We'd like to apologize for the lack of articles the past few days. We have been working very hard on the new Wolfpack Hoops website which should be launching sometime before basketball season. It will be complete with forums and and a few new features that should make the interaction aspect of the site a lot easier as well as more aesthetically pleasing. We will also be looking for a few moderators to help us keep the message boards as positive as possible. We certainly do not mind people speaking their opinions and voicing their concerns, but our message board rules will be much like our current rules on comments. We will not tolerate bashing of our players, coaches or University. We've built a pretty good following of people who understand the vision we have and understanding that there is certainly a difference between objectively voicing your opinion (positive or negative) and just flat our bashing the players or the program. Remember that some recruits, current players, and a great deal of former players visit this site and we'd like to keep this as a place for everyone in the Wolfpack family to come and feel welcome.

This week, you can look forward to an a recap of this weekends "Jimmy V" festivities :

- Coach Lowe talks to about how Coach Valvano impacted him as a person, and his strategy to win the Jimmy V Golf Classic.

- A recap of the "Bowling for Cancer Research" Jimmy V Fundraiser which was held at The Alley on Hillsborough St. (We have the bowling scores from former NC State walk-on Will Roach and Wolfpack great Chris Corchiani, who finished 3rd in the event.

- An article outlining the life of Jim Valvano and the impact he had on the ACC, NC State and current head Coach Sidney Lowe

We will also have a few new interviews with some Wolfpack recruits. Some of which are new on the Wolfpack radar. We also are working on editing some 2010 recruit Bo Ingram footage, and have an update on his status.

Be ready for an information packed week on Wolfpack Hoops, and keep checking back for the most up to date recruiting and team news that we can provide.

That being said, we'd like to open up some conversation with our weekend open thread and give you a chance to ask questions, voice some opinions or give us some suggestions.

Have at it!


20 Responses to "Open Thread: August 15, 2009"
  1. Anonymous said...
    August 15, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    wolfpack hoops - would love to get some info. on Jordan Vandenberg. How's he adjusting? Has he played pick up with the guys yet? What do they think of J.V.'s skills?

    Just a thought. Thanks for all you do for Wolf Pack Nation!

  2. Pack Leader said...
    August 15, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Sounds great cant wait for the new site!!

    Cant wait for the new interviews and footage of Bo.

    Wish I could make it to the Jimmy V Golf tomorrow but as always WPH is there to catch me up!!

  3. Pack Leader said...
    August 15, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    And WPH you've got my email, let me know if you need a moderator in the future.

  4. KarNCSU said...
    August 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Is Vandenburg even here yet? And WPH where do you think we stand with Leslie? I mean he probably comes to State quite often to play ball with the players yet he has not consistently said NCSU will be in contention. What are your thoughts on this ?

  5. redfred said...
    August 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    WPH, please do me a personal favor and please cease with the photos of Jimmy V. I cannot find any way to stay positive or say kind things about the university when this topic comes up.

    I'd say it's akin to everyone getting together celebrate your birthday, but your very own parents don't feel any need to participate, and they don't even allow you to attend.

  6. Jose said...
    August 15, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    You can count on me to help out as a mod anytime WPH.

    I have one rule when it comes to determining if a comment is worthy of posting or not- and it's very simple.

    Would you feel confident the comment would be something you would say to or have read by a student athlete's parent? If you are unsure then it probably is a sign that it's not useful at all since we are talking about the student athlete.

    Thanks WPH's for recognizing V for this weekend.

    If anyone was there to see the Reynolds speech when Jimmy came back to Raleigh with the rest of the team I would love to hear about any remembrances. It still comes through as a remarkably sincere and uplifting speech.
    It is sort of bitter sweet seeing it because it was a homecoming after quite a tumultuous parting.

    It gave us the "Don't ever give up" before the rest of tv audiences and the world heard it at the ESPY's. He showed the packed house that the power of beleif, faith, dreams and love overcome every obstacle in the end. We knew it after Lorenzo dunked it and the buzzer rang in '83- but then we forgot. Jimmy V's speech in Reynolds about what that '83 taught him reminded us of what is really important in life...again. This time there was no running around looking for someone to hug but just a graceful walk off center court.

    Thing about it is that Jimmy V had some great lessons on what to do while while you're here and alive. His foundation and family is doing a wonderful job trying to extend the days available to so many people who have been afflicted with Cancer. Can you ask for much more then those gifts?

  7. redfred said...
    August 15, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    WPH, allow me to try to put it more mildly, I say that since nobody in the rest of country relates Jim Valvano to NC State University, and since NC State University seems perfectly fine with that fact, then why even use his name for a golf tournament or show his likeness when it relates to NC State at all?

    I wish it were different, but I have absolutely respect for NC State University in that regard, and all it does is bring out the worst in me.

  8. Anonymous said...
    August 15, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    I'd like to see WPH's thoughts on Leslie and Calipari.

  9. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    August 15, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Vandenberg is here, however we cannot speak to incoming freshman until media day so we haven't spoken with him yet.

    As far as Leslie is concerned, State is not out of it by any means. He has been talking a lot about Kentucky and UNC. A source close to him (who is a State fan) said that he doesn't think the Pack's chances are all that great, but then his cousin who is also close to him (and I know personally) told me that in no way is NC State out of this.

  10. ottoWOLFPACK said...
    August 15, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Per Vandenberg's facebook, he is here. I believe i saw a status saying he was hanging out with Richard Howell.

  11. Werewolf in Franklinton said...
    August 15, 2009 at 10:09 PM


    Have you been in touch with Lo Brown, my biggest concern for our program right now is that some other schools coaching staff gets to him while he is prepping. I would much rather get him on campus ASAP, even if it means he has to come in the middle of the season. It would be better than taking a chance on losing him.everyone knows nothing is final in recruiting until a player puts on the uniform.

  12. Werewolf in Franklinton said...
    August 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    I have given up on Leslie, Cothron would be a great pickup and it seems we have good shot.

  13. Dof87 said...
    August 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    My 2 cents on Leslie; I think we still have a good shot at him if we have a good season and create some buzz/excitement for the future. If we don't appear to be evolving enough, it may be difficult to keep him interested.

    Same can be said for other top 10 recruits. Our performance this season will loom big....IMO

  14. morpheus647 said...
    August 16, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    I agreed with Dof87, best way to land Leslie is to make some noise this season and get at least a little national recognition for the program, or just get him on a team with Ryan Harrow at a tournament or something (unlikely).

  15. KarNCSU said...
    August 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    WPH, Is Harrow for sure staying in GA?

  16. Pack Leader said...
    August 16, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    RedFred I respect your opinion and I feel we are pretty familiar with each other on this site and some others so I hope you don't get offended or hate me by what I say but...

    Keep showing pictures/video/quotes because if NC State fans quit remembering/celebrating/reliving Jimmy Valvano then ultimately what he as a person stands for is washed away. No other school will celebrate his life. Now None of us can control what this administration does or what past admin did, but Jimmy V stood for what is right in college athletics, family/personal strength/hope and all the things that now common terms.

    Although some State fans were alive during the heyday of the 70s, Some of us are 80s babys and we relate Jimmy V with NC State. We are left with great stories of the great 73-74 teams but for us, we went to his Jimmys summer camps, listened to what he said, and really loved Jimmy V the man (not that you dont love him). Now I am an optimist and eventually the old times and old ways of our administration will pass, eventually the new blood alumni and fans from the 80s & 90s, will run NC State and understand what he meant to National recognition. One day only the good memories will remain and I am confident when that happens NC State will once again stand beside him as well they should.

    Indiana wont throw away what Bob Knight accomplished there even though the admin didnt see eye to eye with him.

    One day there will be statues of Jimmy V running looking for someone to hug and pictures around the RBC..... One day...

  17. Pack Leader said...
    August 16, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    My thoughts on CJ Leslie is hes wearing blue next year(either sky blue or Kent bluegrass) but Cothron sits well with us. Everyone Ive talked to says hes the top of Lowes list. I would love to know what is happening with the Parker situation, I think we will have a need for a strong SF like Gerald Henderson and if Thomas cant keep healthy there will be a hole there Parker can fit in nicely.

    Someone told me that Vandenbergs ride wasnt at the airport when his plane arrived and the coaches got mixed up on the time he arrived. Long story short Ive heard it was a humorous mistake but he had to wait about an hour after landing around 11pm. Nothing like being stuck in the airport right off the bat in America!!! haha

  18. Scott said...
    August 16, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    ^JV missed his connecting flight at LAX and finally arrived at RDU but at the other terminal. The coaches were there waiting at the original terminal.

  19. redfred said...
    August 16, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Pack Leader, I'd love nothing more than if there was a permanent and GIANT picture of Jimmy V on this site every day. What got me started, and what I don't like seeing and hearing about, is when there are reports of NCSU's administrators making a half assed attempt to contect to V's legacy during a certain week out of the entire year, but doing it in a way that is so temporary, and so non-committal.

    Sorry, it's complicated, and I'm not very good at explaining why I feel the way I do about this topic.

    How about this, if no one else mentions my name, I promise I'll stop commenting on these threads.

  20. Anonymous said...
    August 17, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    Great, thanks for giving me the info. related to incoming freshmen - specifically Jordan V.

    Will look forward to media day.


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