N.C. State's basketball team is headed to Broadway.
No, really the Wolfpack is in New York City this week for fall break. In between taking in the sights, including a show on Broadway and a visit to the Empire State Building, coach Mark Gottfried's fourth team will practice twice and hold a unique workout in Central Park.
"I'm excited for our guys," Gottfried wrote in a text Wednesday before the team took off for the four-day trip. "This is a tremendous educational opportunity for them."
The NCAA allows teams to take educational trips like this as long as the players don't miss class time. N.C. State is on fall break.
The Wolfpack, which won 22 games and made the NCAA tournament for the third straight year, has to replace three starters from last year's team.
Most of the same players from the regular rotation are back, and Gottfried has added three freshmen, but the New York trip is a chance at some preseason bonding.
"We spend a lot of time together, but this gives us another opportunity to be around each other and grow as a team," senior Ralston Turner said.
It's also a chance to go to New York City. The Wolfpack will play West Virginia on Dec. 20 at Madison Square Garden, but for some players, this will be their first trip to the City.
"I'm genuinely excited," Turner said. "This is the first time for me."
The team was scheduled to go to the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Wednesday night. They are also scheduled to visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The trip will feature a pair of practices at the New York Athletic Club before returning Sunday.
After the Wolfpack gets back to Raleigh, it will hold its "Throwback with the Pack" on Friday, Oct. 17 at Reynolds Coliseum.