Rob Moxley Likes Twitter

Despite the fact that I do follow Rob Moxley on Twitter, I missed this tirade due to my Twitter being logged off.  Luckily, BackingThePack.com did not miss it.

That is pretty good stuff right there.  I particularly like the 1/4 full arena and NJ/NY blasts.

Yeah, I do not really care for behavior like this from a leadership position.  Were it Gottfried that tweeted this I would be killing him.  Since it is not the head coach though, it does not seem as bad and is mainly just funny to me.

However, if this rant was in reaction to being told that Brandon Ingram is going to Duke, then I have a larger issue with it.

 

Bam!! B.A.M!!! In The Face!!

Ok, so at the end of the day this may be a little meaningless, but it does speak to the levels of training that the players are going through.  Strength and conditioning has long been an issue for the men’s basketball team from NC State.  It looks like that ship has finally sailed, as the Wolfpack are now a standard to be measured against where fitness training is concerned.

Basic Athletic Measurement testing is one of many metrics used by the NBA to scrutinize and evaluate talent.  NC State is one of a handful of programs that brings the BAM people in to test its players.  So how did the Pack measure up?  Well, they outperformed this year’s NBA draft class and depending on scale it was either close, or not even close…  imagine what the numbers will be when BJ Anya is finally in shape?

Take from it what you will, but at least Pack Fan can rest its laurels on the fact that its strength and conditioning program is on the right track.  Now they just need how to figure out a method of turning winning in the training room into winning in the arena.

Brandon Ingram Update

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello’s Twitter feed, Brandon Ingram told ESPN that Duke was in home for a visit this morning.  Up next is Kansas tomorrow, followed by NC State on Monday, and UNC on Wednesday.  No mention of Kentucky, and UCLA is trying to get something set up.

With all three Triangle teams in hot pursuit of Brandon, and with this recruitment going back a few years now, this is a decision that all of us should be excited for.  No word on when said decision will be made yet.

Attrition Galore

This year there are quite a few early departures for the NBA draft.  Hit the jump to see a current list of players who have declared.  Who should have stayed?  Who else should have gone?  How does this change the landscape for next season? Continue reading Attrition Galore

TJ Warren Enters NBA Draft

No press conference, just a simple statement from NC State sophomore forward TJ Warren. Seems more his style.

“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at N.C. State for allowing me to compete for this great university. It’s been a fun ride the last few years,” Warren said in a statement. “I’ve had some great experiences, and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, and playing at N.C.State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”

 

The NBA Draft is June 26. News also came out that Warren’s former teammate Tyler Lewis has transferred to Butler.

TJ Announcement Tuesday (allegedly) and Is Jabari Staying at Duke?

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Last week, Yahoo! Sports was reporting that NC State sophomore TJ Warren was leaving for the NBA. The announcement never came, but now the News&Observer is saying that Warren will make his decision on Tuesday .

TJ’s father Tony Warren said Warren has met with prospective agents and has received feedback from NBA teams from Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried. NBAdraft.net projects Warren to be a lottery pick, Draftexpress.com has him in the top 20. The father said he told Warren he should go if he’s going to be a top-20 pick.

“He had such a great year and proved to a lot of people what he could do,” Tony Warren said. Warren considered going to the NBA after his freshman season last year but wanted to come back to improve his draft stock. “That’s what he did,” his father said. “I’m not sure he could have done much better.”

 

It looks like his days in Raleigh are done. In more of a surprise, there is buzz that Duke freshman phenom, all-world Jabari Parker might be back in Durham next year. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford said Parker and Kansas’ Joel Embiid are considering another year in college.
Both are weighing their options. Both are seriously considering returning … with Parker so much so that several scouts are claiming he’s coming back to school. But I think that’s premature. They have time. The deadline is April 27th to decide. However, if they declare after April 15th, there’s no turning back. They’ll lose their college eligibility. Parker is really NBA ready. He could obviously improve if he stayed, but he’s a NBA starter from Day One. He’ll get minutes and playing against the best competition is the best way to improve
Apparently Parker also doesnt want his college career ending with a first round exit against Mercer. Duke also has a top-ranked class coming in next year.

Tyler Lewis Departs NC State

News broke over the weekend that Tyler Lewis was transferring from NC State.  On the surface, there will be more moans about players leaving NC State and how frequently it occurs.  That is a little short sighted though, when you look at the big picture with Lewis. While I do not like seeing the kid leave, I completely understand the decision.  If he had to fight for playing time this year, next year was looking even worse as far as his minutes are concerned.

Backing The Pack has a great write up about this, so I will not get too deep into it.

Another thing to remember is that in this day and age, players transfer all the time.  It is not an issue specific to NC State, but rather to the landscape of college basketball.  While I am no fan of Jeff Goodman, he keeps a list of transfers each year.  Here is 2013, which is just staggering.

Monday Fodder: Boeheim goes Ballistic, Wake gets Biscuit’d, Jr. Wins Daytona, RIP Harold Ramis

In the new greatest rivalry in college basketball (according to ESPN), Duke and Syracuse came down to the wire again when Jim Boeheim strongly disagreed with the charge call against T.J. Fair.

Yes Dick Vitale, coaches can scream, but running onto the court to get in the refs face will get you thrown out.

North Carolina won their ninth game in a row easily over Wake Forest 105-72 (nice knowing you Jeff Bzdelik) and travel to Raleigh this week to face NC State. This is really a must win for the Wolfpack, who do not have a signature win this year and are hovering on the NCAA bubble. Three of their last four games at home.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second Daytona 500. Ten years after his first, and the same year the #3 returns to NASCAR.

The man who wrote classics such as Caddyshack, Stripes, and Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis, died on Monday, he was 69.

…and breakfast is coming to Taco Bell, say hello to the Waffle Taco

 

NC State at UNC

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NC State travels to Chapel Hill on Saturday. The Wolfpack (14-7) are 4-4 in the ACC and have won 3 games in a row since losing at Duke. North Carolina (13-7) is 3-4 in the ACC and has won two games in a row and are trying to get to .500 in the conference after an 0-3 start.

We are heading into the final stretch of the regular season (10 games for NCSU, 11 for UNC) until the tournaments start.

NC State Falls To Mizzou

After leading most of the game, NC State could not hold on and beat Frank Haith’s Missouri Tigers in Raleigh last night.  After being in control for about the first 36 minutes, the Wolfpack seemed like they would pick up a vital OOC win over an SEC opponent.  Instead, things fell apart in the end as the Tigers hit five threes out of their final seven baskets.

Overall it was a good game for the Pack, but they came up short in the end.  It was puzzling that TJ Warren did not score in the final 12 minutes of the game, after pouring in 24 up to that point.  It was also puzzling that Mark Gottfried took Kyle Washington out of the game late, yet left in Leonard Freeman down the stretch.  Washington was clearly having his best game of the season, and Freeman failed to do much all game long.

Also puzzling was BeeJay Anya only getting nine minutes of action when Jordan Vandenberg was limited to 22 due to foul trouble.  I think Gottfried was trying to go a little small due to the guards on Mizzou, but with Cat Barber being in foul trouble the entire game it may have been time to focus on your own strengths versus trying to match-up with the Tigers’.

At the end of the day it was a hard fought game and Mizzou hit a few more shots, including 19/26 free throws compared to 8/14 for the Pack.  Up next for the Pack is UNCG on the 30th, before hitting ACC play against Pitt on the 4th.  A win over Mizzou would have gone a long way heading into ACC action, but we can only hope this lights a fire under them and they tighten up their flaws, like Ralston Turner forcing threes up when they should be feeding Warren down low.