The C.J. Leslie era ended in disappointment with a first-game loss to Temple in the NCAA Tournament. Leslie (15.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG) is the player most associated with the school’s two consecutive Tournament appearances and their run to the Sweet Sixteen last March. They’ll also lose Scott Wood (12.6 PPG) which will make it difficult to maintain their rank at 13th highest-scoring team in college basketball a year ago. But replacements are already being identified, like impressive T.J. Warren (12.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG) who put up impressive numbers as a rookie. Three four-star recruits in point guard Anthony Barber, center BeeJay Anaya, and power forward Kyle Washington fill out a roster that should remain in contention.
The NC State Wolfpack operate under Coach Mark Gottfried at PNC Arena in Raleigh. They have made 24 NCAA Tournament appearances all time and took home the national championship in 1974 and 1983. In recent years they have had up-and-down runs of success, mostly recently up, but now without Leslie there may be some struggle. 39 NC State players have made the NBA, including Nate McMillan, David Thompson, Spud Webb, Vinny Del Nego, Thurl Bailey, and J.J. Hickson. Get your NC State basketball tickets from Gold Coast Tickets today!