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.
To read the full article on how NC State's freshmen will fit in with the team, you must be an ESPN Insider.
Insider CBB content
• Greenberg/Telep: Kansas Jayhawks
• Greenberg/Finkelstein: Marquette
• Gasaway/Rankin: Indiana Hoosiers
• Gasaway/Rankin: Michigan Wolverines
• Gasaway/Rankin: Ohio State Buckeyes
• Greenberg/Finkelstein: Memphis Tigers
• Gasaway/Rankin: Florida Gators
• Greenberg/Telep: Kentucky Wildcats
• Gasaway/Finkelstein: Louisville Cardinals
• Gasaway/Finkelstein: Syracuse Orange
• Greenberg/Biancardi: NC State Wolfpack
• Biancardi/Gasaway: Duke Blue Devils
• Biancardi/Gasaway: North Carolina Tar Heels
• Biancardi/Gasaway: Arizona Wildcats
• Greenberg/Telep: UCLA Bruins
• Gasaway: Breakout second-year coaches
• Lunardi: Could Louisville repeat as champs?
• Greenberg: UVA tops list of surprise teams
• Fraschilla: How returning stars can improve
• Gasaway: Top title challengers to Kentucky
• Lunardi: Who will earn No. 1 seeds in 2014?
• Telep: Latest on No. 13 junior Theo Pinson
• Rankin: What Wiggins means for Kansas
• Biancardi: KU to prep Wiggins for NBA success
• Telep: Updated look at top recruits
• Roundtable: Most impressive on AAU circuit?
• Ford: NBA draft lottery preview
• Ford: Winners from the NBA draft combine
• Fraschilla: Burke the draft's top point guard?
• Ford: Measurements concern some GMs
• Ford: Why Wiggins would go No. 1 in 2013
Jay Bilas Blog
Jay's take on latest from around the nation
Analysis from Fraschilla, Greenberg and Lunardi
Get news and rumblings before anyone
Hollinger's College PER
College basketball's top players
Get wagering advice for every game