Projected starting five
PG Tyler Lewis
Soph., 5-11, 170
3.5 ppg, 1.4 apg
Lewis is a true pass-first point guard who makes up for his lack of foot speed with creativity. As a freshman, he backed up Lorenzo Brown for most of the 2012-13 season.
When Brown missed 21/2 ACC games with an ankle injury, Lewis stepped in an averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 assists. He had a season-best 16 points vs. Miami and six assists against Duke.
He needs to be stronger on defense and more consistent with his outside shot, but he emerged in the offseason as the teams leader.
From April to October, he has done a terrific job, Gottfried said. Now he has to take the next step.
G Ralston Turner
Jr., 6-5, 205
9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg*
Turner has the size to create offense with his defense and to help on the glass. He has done a little bit of everything in the preseason and his versatility will be a key to the Wolfpacks success, especially while forward Jordan Vandenberg is out with an ankle injury.
Turner has a funky but effective release to his shot, he made 95 3-pointers in two seasons at LSU. He averaged 12.8 points per game as a freshman at LSU and 9.0 as a sophomore before transferring to N.C. State. He sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.
He knows he needs to be one of the leaders on this team and he has already stepped up and done that, Tyler Lewis said.
Note: * stats at LSU in 2011-12
F T.J. Warren
So., 6-8, 215
12.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Theres no question he can score, and in a variety of unconventional ways, but will he be able to handle being the focus of every opponents scouting report?
After Warren moved into the starting lineup for good, he averaged 13.9 points and 6.0 rebounds over the final 10 games of his freshman season.
Hes also better suited to play on the wing, but might not have that luxury without Vandenberg. No matter which position he plays, he needs to improve his free-throw shooting. He shot a better percentage from the floor last season (62.2) than the free-throw line (54.2).
I really dont think there are any forwards in the ACC that can step out and guard him on the perimeter, Lewis said.
F Lennard Freeman
Fr., 6-8, 245
The 17-year-old freshman hustles and rebounds and just might wind up being the exception to the rule about late additions to a recruiting class.
The Oak Hill product signed late but has fit in with his team-first attitude. With Vandenberg sidelined, he might have to start early in the season. He is undersized but averaged 9.8 rebounds for Oak Hill last season.
He has been a little bit of a surprise to be real honest. He has proven to us already that hes going to be a very good rebounder, a very good defender, Gottfried said.
F Kyle Washington
Fr., 6-9, 225
Like most young bigs, his defense is ahead of his offense. The lefty has a nice mid-range touch, though, and fits in well to Gottfrieds high-post scheme.
Washington has a long reach and has impressed the coaches with a high motor and a strong basketball IQ. A top 100 recruit originally from Minnesota, Washington spent last season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He turned 20 in August so he is older than most of his classmates.
There will be a lot of pressure on him early to rebound and defend without Vandenberg in the lineup.
The skys the limit with Kyle Washington, Gottfried said. Hes long, eager and willing and excited every day when he walks in. He has a phenomenal attitude.