NC State Basketball Ranked No. 9 In The Sporting News' Preseason Top 25
Oct. 2, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team is ranked No. 9 in The Sporting News’ Preseason Top 25 the publication announced today.
The Wolfpack, already ranked No. 4 according to Blue Ribbon Yearbook’s preseason ranking and No. 6 in Andy Katz’s ESPN.com early preseason rankings, return four starters from last season’s Sweet Sixteen squad.
Junior forward C.J. Leslie, who also was tabbed as a preseason All-American by The Sporting News, is NC State’s top returning scorer averaging 14.7 points per game last year. Junior guard Lorenzo Brown led the team in assists with 234 last season and his 6.3 average was the best since Chris Corchiani averaged 9.5 assists per game in 1991. Brown was second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per contest.
Senior forward Scott Wood was the Pack’s leading outside threat, connecting on .409 on his attempts from behind the arc. Wood averaged 12.4 points per game last season. Rounding out NC State’s returning core is senior forward Richard Howell, who led the team in rebounding with 9.2 boards per outing. His rebounding average was the best since Todd Fuller grabbed 9.9 per game in 1996. Howell’s average point production was 10.8 per contest.
NC State makes its official 2012-13 debut on Friday, Oct. 12 at Primetime With The Pack Presented By PNC. Doors at PNC Arena open at 6 p.m., and festivities begin at 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
2012 PRESEASON TOP 25
3. Ohio State
9. NC State
13. North Carolina
19. San Diego State
22. Michigan State
23. Murray State
24. Notre Dame