Friday, May 22, 2009

SID’S KIDS: N.C. STATE WANTS BACK IN THE CONVERSATION

The Wolfpack haven’t been part of the power elite in ACC basketball for sometime now. They ran Herb Sendek out of town, and now they are caterwauling about Sidney Lowe and waxing poetic over the glory days of Norm Sloan.

So the pressure was on Lowe to deliver some top recruits to brighten prospects in Raleigh. While State failed to land Raleigh wiz-kid John Wall, who chose UK over NCSU, the Wolfpack and Lowe did close like Mine That Bird.

On the final day of the spring signing period (Thursday), the Wolfpack’s basketball future looks brighter than it did at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Lowe desperately needed to add punch this spring to a front line that was scheduled to have just three players – Dennis Horner, Tracy Smith and Richard Howell – to fill two positions.

Lowe delivered, landing 6-foot-9 DeShawn Painter of Hargrave Military Academy, one of the few top-100 players who hadn’t already committed to a school.

(As you can see in this photo he’s deceptively TALL as he can almost touch the rim with his elbow!)

Seven-foot Australian Jordan Vandenberg and 6-6 Josh Davis of Raleigh’s Athens Drive High also signed in the spring, giving N.C. State a six-player class ranked No. 11 in the nation by ESPN.com.

The prize of the class remains Lorenzo Brown of Roswell, Ga., who can play point guard and shooting guard.

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