TSX: Freshmen Factors

It didn't take long for North Carolina State's incoming recruiting class to demonstrate its quality.

It's a small sampling, but through the first five games, three of the Wolfpack's top four scorers were newcomers averaging in double figures.

With Tracy Smith out after two games with a knee injury, the lone veteran among the 'Pack's point producers was sophomore Scott Wood, who had a big game against Fairleigh Dickinson.

Leading the way early was guard Lorenzo Brown. He not only led the team in scoring (12.6) through five games but also in assists (21).

Other newcomers in double figures were guard Ryan Harrow, who is coming off the bench, and forward C.J. Leslie.

Their only stumble early on was an 87-67 loss to Georgetown.

The main concern as the team goes forward is to make sure the newcomers are blending in with veterans like Javier Gonzalez, Richard Howell, C.J. Williams, DeShawn Painter and, when he returns, Smith.

"It's important for us to play the way we're capable of playing," Lowe said. "We need to execute, take care of the ball and concentrate. We've got to be sharp. We need to show we learned from the Georgetown game."

NOTES, QUOTES
-- Through five games, it was feast or famine for the Wolfpack when it came to 3-point shooting. G Scott Wood was 14-of-34 (41.2 percent) and G Javier Gonzalez was 6-of-15 (40.0) from behind the arc, but G Lorenzo Brown was only 3-of-14 (21.4) and G Ryan Harrow only 2-of-12 (16.7). F C.J. Leslie missed all of his attempts and F Richard Howell and G C.J. Williams missed their only tries.

-- With the 77-67 win over Fairleigh Dickinson to close out the month, the Wolfpack improved to 22-3 in November games in Lowe's five seasons.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Freshmen Lorenzo Brown, Ryan Harrow, and C.J. Leslie had success in high school going one-on-one. How they adjust their games to the higher level of competition will be crucial to N.C. State's success when conference play begins.

STRENGTHS: The newcomers are living up to expectations, which gives the 'Pack depth it has lacked in recent years. The 'Pack also got off to a good start shooting 45.4 percent through five games. The 'Pack is forcing opponents into four more turnovers a game than it is committing.

WEAKNESSES: Three-point shooting is a liability, and the newcomers have a tendency to break out and go one-on-one instead of sticking with the game plan.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We tried to teach them that you have to stay within the plan and be disciplined so we can take good shots." -- Coach Sidney Lowe, on integrating three freshmen into the lineup.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
RECRUITING RETURNS:
Coach Sidney Lowe addressed his front court in the early period, signing Tyler Harris, a 6-7 forward form Dix Hills, N.J., and Joseph Uchebo, a 6-10 center from Nigeria playing for Word of God Academy in Raleigh.

DECEMBER OUTLOOK: The 'Pack will get a true measure of where it stands and what it needs to fix before conference play begins with a heavily loaded December schedule. The month starts with back-to-back road games at Wisconsin and Syracuse and later features a home game against Arizona.

ROSTER REPORT:
-- Senior F Tracy Smith had arthroscopic surgery on his knee after sustaining an injury in the win over East Carolina and sat out the loss to Georgetown. He will miss the games against Wisconsin and Syracuse.

-- Sophomore F Richard Howell picked up extra minutes in Smith's absence and earned all-tournament honors for the Charleston Classic. He averaged 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games coming off the bench with a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) against George Mason.

-- Freshman G Ryan Harrow had his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 10 assists against East Carolina.

-- Sophomore C DeShawn Painter, who played in only 26 games and averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds, had his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards against East Carolina.


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