NEW YORK — N.C. State’s talented freshmen trio were not at their best during Tuesday night’s victory over UConn in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
T.J. Warren (pictured), Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis — all former McDonald’s All-Americans — combined for just nine points, five rebounds and two assists in the 69-65 victory.
But as the Wolfpack attempt to challenge for an ACC regular-season championship and an NCAA Tournament run going forward, the three frosh could play increasingly key roles alongside veterans C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, Lorenzo Brown and Scott Wood.
“They’ve barely tapped where they’re going to be throughout the year,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said of the freshmen. “I think their upside is tremendous. They’re still learning what we’re doing.” To read more of this story, click here
Beejay Anya says he’s “wide open” but will commit to a school Nov. 16.
“I’m completely wide open at this point,” the 6-foot-8 Anya out of DeMatha Catholic told SNY.tv Wednesday night by phone. “Right now I’m completely wide open. Any school that’s recruiting me is fair game.”
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy committed to N.C. State Sunday morning during an official visit.
He also considered Ohio State, Washington and Iowa State.
“Yes, I did,” he told SNY.tv by phone. “Just the coaching staff, a litle bit of new and old school. Larry Farmer, Coach Orlando [Early], Coach [Mark] Gottfried, all those guys are great. To read more of this story, click here
The good news just keeps rolling in for N.C. State and head coach Mark Gottfried.
Two days after securing a verbal pledge from 2013 point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, N.C. State will learn that freshman guard Rodney Purvis has been “fully cleared” by the NCAA, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.
Purvis was initially ruled ineligible after the NCAA Eligibility Center examed Purvis’ high school coursework at Upper Room Christian Academy, but was cleared after an appeal, which rarely happens. To read more of this story, click here