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N.C. State head coach Sidney Lowe discussed his basketball team during his weekly teleconference today. Lowe talked about the upcoming game against Clemson, the development of freshman guard Lorenzo Brown, and much more.

Opening Statement:
We just came off of a good win at Wake Forest where we played well. I think for the first time in a while we had four or five guys that played well for us, so it was a good win for us.

Thoughts on Demontez Stitt:
It seems like he's been here about five years already. I actually saw him when he was young and in high school.

He's just a real good basketball player. He's continued to get better and better every single year, and you don't like seeing him because he's such a tough competitor. You watch when he plays, whatever is needed he'll do. He's going to defend, he's going to score.

I think its' just his makeup. I think he's a tough kid, a tough young man, and he's going to compete. Obviously he means a lot to that program.

How has he improved?
I think the main thing has been his experience, confidence. He's always had that toughness with him, you saw that actually in high school.

I just think that experience factor in learning how to control games, pick guys up... his leadership. He didn't have to do that in the previous years because they had some other guys but you can see that he is becoming really the leader, I think of that ballclub.

His experience has really been the biggest difference. I think his talent has been there but i think this experience has really got him to where he is now.

How much will you talk about the last game against Clemson before Thursday?
We're going to definitely talk about it and we're going to watch some of it, but we also want to watch how we played our last ballgame... look at the things we did well again.

We're not going to dwell on the lead that we had against Clemson, but we certainly want to show some of the things they did against us when we sort of lost our concentration and we didn't go to finish the game off.

We'll show some of that, but we'll also show how we played in our last ballgame, show the positive things we did well and the positives we did in the Clemson game as well.

What were the positives in the first Clemson game?
We came out well, out of the game. We executed well, we defended well, and we had great energy. Those are the things you look for to start a game, and certainly on the road against a team like that with Stitt and those guys, and [Jerai] Grant. Those were the positive things.

Then we have to look at the other things, as I've talked about before, one of our biggest problems was knowing how to play with a lead. I think that comes with experience and so it was good to see we were able to do it yesterday in that ballgame.

I believe you made a statement where you think Lorenzo Brown's future is as a point guard, did I hear that correctly? Can you talk about him learning to play that lead role?
Yes, I think his future can be as a point guard. Obviously he's got to learn how to play that position in terms of the mental part of it because he's so accustomed to being on the attack.

Having said that, if you have a point guard that can attack like that it's not all that bad. I think with his size and he's certainly better with the ball in his hands, he's more comfortable with it in his hands.

I think his future is as a point guard. I think he's going to be able to make that adjustment... as far as learning how to play in time/score situations, when to take it, when not to take it, I think that's going to come with experience.

Did Lorenzo get much of a chance to run the team at point when Ryan was out sick?
Yes, he did. He played quite a bit actually. He ran the point against Carolina, and he ran the point against Duke. When he and Javi are in there together either one of them can run it, but we actually put the ball in Lorenzo's game, I know in the Carolina game we definitely did.

If Javi moves and gets his feet set he can make a shot... if he moves without the ball he has a better chance scoring that way as opposed to at the point guard position.

How much did the eight days off help Tracy and how was his knee yesterday after playing again?
I said it a week ago that this break couldn't have come at a better time for us, especially for Tracy to rest his knee. He literally didn't practice four days. When he did practice it was very, very light, so it was huge for him to be able to rest and take his time and come back.

I thought he did well yesterday. He ran the floor well, he didn't show any signs of pain, and afterwards he said he felt fine. He was a little tired, a little sore, but it wasn't bad like before.

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