2010-2011 Record: 15-16 (5-11)
Mark Gottfried brings his fast-paced style to Raleigh, where Wolfpack fans are eager for a return to March Madness. NC State has not gone dancing since 2006, and has not enjoyed at least a slice of the ACC regular-season crown in twenty-two years. The Wolfpack offense will be in the hands of Lorenzo Brown, while the interior game will hinge on the play of Richard Howell. The 6’8” Howell shed nearly twenty-five pounds in the off-season, and Gottfried hopes he will be a vital cog in the new offense. NC State fans are sure to enjoy the new tempo, a sharp contrast to the slow, methodical style that Sidney Lowe employed during his years as head coach of the Wolfpack. However, the results on the court will be the ultimate factor in whether NC State can reclaim the lofty level it once enjoyed.
PG: Lorenzo Brown (Sophomore, 6’5’, 9.3 PPG)
SG: C.J. Williams (Senior, 6’5”, 4.7 PPG)
SF: Richard Howell (Junior, 6’8”, 7.4 PPG)
PF: C.J. Leslie (Sophomore, 6’8”, 11.0 PPG)
C: Scott Wood (Junior, 6’6”, 9.7 PPG)
Preview by Rixon Lane