Freshman Impact: NC State
Can a rotation loaded with newcomers win in the new ACC?
For the "Freshman Impact" series, Insider's college basketball and recruiting experts will be teaming up to examine how 15 of the nation's best recruiting classes will fit in with their teams in the 2013-14 season.
Seth: This is a team in transition. The Wolfpack are losing five of their top six players in both points and minutes per game, and they essentially have three returning players with significant, high-level Division I experience: T.J. Warren, Ralston Turner and Tyler Lewis.
I think that Warren is a potential superstar for them. He was inconsistent at times last season, so he'll need to step up his game now that he'll be NC State's featured scorer, but I think he has the chance to be really special offensively.
Turner, a transfer from LSU, is going to need to make shots for this team. The big question is how quickly he can get up to speed after sitting out a season, but he's a proven major-conference player and a legit 3-point shooter. Lewis sees the floor well and is a pass-first point guard who did a nice job running the Wolfpack offense when Lorenzo Brown was injured.
But after those two guys, this roster is one big question mark with so many unproven parts.
Paul: I agree, Seth, this is a major overhaul. The Wolfpack lost guys to graduation, to the NBA draft, to transfers -- it's been a total flush out. But I do think it's important to remember that that group won a lot of games. This whole program turned around in Mark Gottfried's first two seasons with the team.
But now the real challenge begins, with NC State essentially having a completely new roster. The Wolfpack signed a talented recruiting class, and they recruited these guys to play right away. The only surprising loss for this team was Rodney Purvis, who decided to transfer to UConn. The rest of the losses were expected.
Are these new freshmen ready? That's hard to say. But they're going to have to be.
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