NC State Men's Basketball Holds First Practice
Oct. 1, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's march to a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament began Tuesday afternoon, as the Wolfpack men's basketball team held its first practice of the 2013-14 season.
The Wolfpack started practice a little earlier than usual this year, as a new rule in college basketball holds that college programs can start practicing 42 days before their first game. The NC State coaching staff has titled the first set of practices before the university's fall break a "mini-camp."
Head coach Mark Gottfried liked the intensity and competitive nature the players showed in the first day of the "mini-camp."
"Number one, they competed hard. And that's important," Gottfried said. "We were able to put some things in during the fall so we're a little ahead offensively, but we still have a way to go yet. But what I did like was that they did compete. They competed hard and that's a good place to start."
Redshirt junior Ralston Turner added: "We got after each other a little bit. Overall, we made each other better. And that's all we want to do."
The teams started with both offensive and defensive work in a half-court setting and a session with Gottfried on the white board before getting into individual shooting and defensive drills.
Later, after 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 controlled sessions, the team concluded the workout with conditioning and free throw shooting.
After winning 48 games and playing in the last two NCAA Tournaments, NC State has a young and inexperienced, but extremely talented, squad. Gottfried's 2013 recruiting class was ranked in the top 15 in the nation by most recruiting publications. The team also returns 2013 ACC All-Freshman Team pick T.J. Warren, who averaged 12.1 points per game last year. Sophomore Tyler Lewis and fifth-year senior Jordan Vandenberg are two other returning players with experience.
GoPack.com will have practice reports and exclusive video content can be found on CoachGott.com throughout the preseason leading up to Primetime With The Pack: Operation Our State, which is set for Friday, Oct. 18 at PNC Arena at 7 p.m. NC State's first exhibition contest will be Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Reynolds Coliseum against UNC Pembroke.