Pack looked good for opening season exhibition. Can't wait to see the impact the freshman continue to have on the team, and how Sidney continues to move the program along.Go Pack!
I was at the scrimmage and I have to say I am really loving this team so far! I think this could be a special year for us. We will have to play better against ACC opponents, but I think for the most part this is a fresh start for this program and we're headed in the right direction for once. BTW, anybody catch Jordan's glare after that rejection at the end of the game? THAT WAS HILARIOUS! Where did they find this guy? Australia... I know... But seriously, what passion!
Good question on the defensive deflections...ah...by some good reporter in there.You can not- repeat- can not expect production from a push the ball up court scheme w/o having deflections/blocks/long rebounds on the defensive side first.It took years of systematic planning and coaching for Roy Williams to get his Kansa and UNC squads so good at pushing tempo after the defense gave up a basket or was successful at rebounding the ball directly the rim (helps tremendously when you can recruit to this type style- which Lowe knows full well).We've got to have, as Lowe put it, active hands to go along with good positioning. Gonzales with his hand eye coordination and Degand with his reach are already above avg at this facet but they need to be excellent at it- and real soon- if we want to gain traction with the pushing tempo approach.Result of the game looked promising- THe comment about "having an interesting sitiuation (especially at the 3 spot) for playing minutes is very good to hear.It could have been pretty easy to say, ya, Scotty can do this so we like to see how this starting line up works. But that he mentioned Josh right of as someone they're seeing promising things at practice is a breathe of fresh air.BTW- got a chance to sit down and visit with a local coach who had Josh Davis playing for him between Sph and Jr year say some great things about Joshs' abilities even back then (he guessed he was about 6' 3" at the time). Basically told me that things Davis could do on the defensive side of the ball were better then anyone he has coached or played against. The scheme they used essentially forced the offense into two predictable positions on the court (wing pass) when they brought it up for a set. If they tried option three or four, ect., Josh would punish them every time.Furthermore this coach said that he has visited with Coach Harris briefly and heard that the Coachs think Josh is doing really well and that they are liking him more each day in practice.
Thanks for the summary WPH and all the posters who were at the game. I certainly paid a lot more attention to this Exhi game than I ever have in the past. The stats and reports seem to confirm that we have much to look forward to, but we will struggle for awhile. I won't be surprised to see some ugly losses early, but can't wait to see how this team takes shape in January. Watching them is going to require some patience.
Glare at the end of a 40 pt blowout against an inferior opponent? I hope someone talked to this kid,seems pretty lame.
Move program along? Can you clarify this please?
I posted these comments last night but wanted to repost for discussion:I was also at the game and here are my impressions (for what they are worth)1) Wood can really shoot! Wow! But he is a little weak on defense.2) T Smith has really improved his touch and technique. 3) Javi deserves to start and is our best option at point. His d has really improved.4) Jordan still has a ways to go. He got shoved around alot by a guy 6'4" at best. He really needs to work on rebounding position.5) Painter needs to work on his upper body strength but has major ups. He also needs to improve on rebound positioning.6) Johnny Thomas is not 100%. His lateral movement makes him a liabilty on defense. That said he is definately a leader and calming influence on the floor to the young guys.7) CJ was quiet but solid. He truly understands the game. He could have jacked-up more shots but instead fed it to T Smith for easier shots.8) Degand is still Degand. Sometimes he is solid other times he leaves you wondering what the heck he is thinking.9) I saw Howell dressed in street clothes, but you can tell he is a BIG BIG Dude. I can't wait to see his game.10) Dennis is the perfect "role-player". Don't count on him being a star but he will not cost you games either. He could light up a team for points one night and dissapear the next but he always gives all out effort.11) The Tigers were way over matched but played very classy and with great effort12) Finally, this team gave great effort all night long and I mean to the final buzzer. Even the walk-ons went all out. EVERYONE on the entire team scored. This team is a breath of fresh air. GO PACK!!!!!!
Any more thoughts on why Johnny Thomas didn't play til late in the game? I wouldn't have questioned it because I would think that the newbies would play more so they coaches can get a good look at them, but I would have thought JT would have gotten a lot more minutes too. Any thoughts from people that were at the game?
What's the status, WPH's, on Kendall Smith? Injured, transferred, what?It's not like he was expected to get minutes this year, but a 6'8" forward with perimeter skill is nice to have as insurance - not to mention a great practice team plyer
He was on campus the other day, so I know he hasn't transferred
he's still listed on the roster at gopack, fwiw
Anon,Moving the Program along would mean Sidney Lowe continuing to bring in recruiting classes which are ranked inside of the top-20 in the nation. Still riding a post-season drought, this is what it takes (along with good coaching, and good practice from the team) to break that drought and re-establish the Wolfpack as a Confence and National contender. With only losing 2 seniors after this year, and the 2010 recruiting class coming in next year, the next 3-4 years of Wolfpack Hoops is looking very auspicious for the future of the program.
"What's the status, WPH's, on Kendall Smith? Injured, transferred, what?It's not like he was expected to get minutes this year, but a 6'8" forward with perimeter skill is nice to have as insurance - not to mention a great practice team plyer"He was dismissed from school and the team at the end of last year for a Student Code of Conduct issue. He has been let back into the university but I don't think he's back on the team, maybe on the practice squad. Sounds like it'll be an exciting season.
This is off topic, but the basketball prospects on packpride now shows Leslie with high interest level for the pack.
^Slick, good news like that ain't never "off topic".
^ Yep. It's pretty much been confirmed that it will be NC State, Kentucky or Florida for CJ Leslie. All three schools are listed as High Interest. Let's hope he makes a smart decision and doesn't go play for a cheat.
It also says "Leslie doesn't make Florida trip". I'm not subscribed to pp or scout so I don't know the full story.
CJ, I've already laid it all out several times. There are just too many circumstances that have been totally out of ANYONE’S control, that are pointing you in the direction of NC State. You need to think hard about those things, listen to your heart, and then do what's right. When it's all said and done, and you've had time to catch your breath from all of this recruiting nonsense, you'll be more than happy that you decided to go with your first choice! I'll guarantee that there is NO OTHER fan base out there ANYWHERE, that will appreciate a hard working and talented BB player like the fans of NC STATE UNIVERSITY!!! We’ve waited, we're just as HUNGARY as you are, we KNOW talent and WE APPRECIATE IT, you will be family, and you will be remembered at NC STATE!!!
Hey CJ, there are alot of foreign students taking classes at NC State, the exact number of them from HUNGARY I do not know, but you know what I was trying to say anyway.
I have always wanted state to be more up tempo on offense and it has finally come. I really love what Lowe has done this offseason with his young team and i think they will turn a lot of heads this season. The only problem i had with was game tonight was the minutes of Johnny Thomas. WPH, any word on that?
Ryan Harrow's season schedule:http://www.raidersbasketball.net/schedule.phpLorenzo Brown's schedule:http://www.hargrave.edu/athletics/sport_index.php?category_id=19
One more time...Headline scenarios...Scenario #2 (literally)- "CJ Leslie Signs With Kentucky"General response- "OK, so what. just what we expected, big deal."Scenario #1- "CJ Leslie Goes With His Heart, Decides to Rejoin Sidney Lowe's Vaulted Recruiting Class of 2010!!!"General response- MAYHEM!!! ELECTRIC!!! BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZ EVERYWHERE!!!That headline would absolutely set the sports media ABLAZE!!! They would be using phrazes like "Change the Landscape", and you'd see them using big words like "Equilibrium" and so on, and so forth. Then, Leslie would be final piece in a very impressive quartet who ABSOLUTELY WILL "Change the Landscape" and upset the "Equilibrium" of not only the ACC, but beyond. COME ON CJ!!! Don't be just ANOTHER PLAYER in the crowd, and don't do what EVERY OTHER PLAYER does. Make something special happen by going a different route, and make a NAME for yourself by SETTING A NEW STANDARD, instead of just following in line.That's it, I'm done. I think maybe there a few speckled trout and puppy drum that just might be calling my name.GOOOOOOOOOO WOLFPACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Does anyone have any more information about CJ not making the trip down to Florida?
WPHinternAre you the kid i talked to sitting outside of the tri-towers (i think Bowen) wearing the WPH t-shirt?JerseyWolf
Anybody surprised that Sidney basically said the starting SF will be either Scott Wood or Josh Davis? Johnny Thomas seemed to be an after thought.
Hey RedFred - I was just thinking of going out in search of some puppy drum and speckled trout myself! You don't happen to live in hampton roads do you? Hey, keep putting those thoughts in CJ's head - if he comes to State, I think we can all say you were the guy that tipped the scale our way with these convincing arguments....if he checks in hear at WPH, you'll definately make him think hard about his decision. Keep it up! COME ON CJ...COME ON!!
WPH, I'm in the hampton roads area, any chance Zo Brown or Ryan Harrow will be coming up this way to play any games or exhibitions? Do they ever play up this way (I missed the Boo Williams tourney).
when did we scrimmage richmond? i heard it mentioned in the video
I think CJL will see the up-tempo style Sid has installed and realize what he can do with RH. And if Javi plays well this year, which I think he will, he'll know that he'll have a senior who can run the show and a dynamic frosh who is just gonna kill'em in this new running offense. Then I can finally see the headline I look for everyday"Leslie Recommits"
Hey Dave, I'm not quite so delusional as to think anything I say would have any bearing on CJ Leslie's decision whatsoever, but thanks anyway. I figure WTH, it sure can't hurt to keep letting the kid know that we'd really love to have him at NC STATE!!! As far the specs and drum go, it was beautiful and there was a BIG trout and drum bite yesterday!!! I still have a job, everybody is healthy and happy at home, and the PACK WINS!!! Life just can't get much better.
NICE Redfred....yeah, can't get much better than that. I didn't make it out there this weekend, but glad you got in on some good trout action.
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