Wolfpack Hosting Exhibition vs. UNC Pembroke At Reynolds
Oct. 29, 2013
Basketball season gets underway at NC State as head coach Mark Gottfried takes his young team into an exhibition against UNC Pembroke at Reynolds Coliseum Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
Admission to the first of NC State's two exhibition contests is free. Fans are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy to the game for Toys For Tots. Each entry point at Reynolds will have a Toys For Tots volunteer and a bin to collect the donations.
Gottfried's third NC State team returns one starter, sophomore forward T.J. Warren. The 6-8 Durham, N.C., native has shed 20 pounds in the offseason and is primed for a breakout season as the team's main offensive option. Warren averaged 12.1 points per game as a freshman last season, third among freshmen in the ACC. He posted a .622 field goal percentage, which was the best mark in the conference and the second-best in NC State history (Kevin Thompson, .624).
Also returning are sophomore guard Tyler Lewis and fifth-year senior center Jordan Vandenberg. Lewis averaged 3.5 points and 12.4 minutes per game last season, and had his best moments when former Pack star Lorenzo Brown was injured. Lewis scored 16 points against 14th-ranked Miami and 13 points at No. 4 Duke while filling in for Brown. Vandenberg trimmed approximately 40 pounds off his 7-1 frame in order to best maximize his final college season.
Impact transfers Ralston Turner (LSU) and Desmond Lee (New Mexico Junior College) add shooting and scoring punch. Turner started 58 games during his two seasons in Baton Rouge, and Lee was one of the top-rated JuCo guards in the country last season.
NC State's 2013-14 roster also features young post players Kyle Washington, BeeJay Anya and Lennard Freeman. Washington is a 6-9 lefty out of Brewster Academy, the same New Hampshire school Warren attended. Anya, a strong 6-9 player with a massive 7-9 wingspan, comes to NC State after an impressive career at DeMatha Catholic. Freeman is a 6-8 power forward who came to NCSU from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, the same school Lewis attended.
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