Projected 2011-2012 NC State Roster

NC State will currently have eleven scholarship players this upcoming season following the commitment of point guard Alex Johnson. Here is a closer look at this year's projected 2011-2012 roster and depth chart.

NC State will currently have eleven scholarship players this upcoming season following the commitment of point guard Alex Johnson. Here is a closer look at this year's projected 2011-2012 roster and depth chart.

The Wolfpack now has two scholarships remaining, but are likely done with the 2011 class after securing a commitment from Johnson. Johnson and C.J. Williams will be the only two seniors on the 2011-2012 squad, and both of those scholarships, along with the two currently open, will be available.

Two 2012 prospects, point guard Tyler Lewis and shooting guard Torian Graham, are already in the fold, leaving the Wolfpack with two scholarships left to use on the 2012 recruiting class.

With four juniors on next year's team, NC State will have, at least, another four scholarships available for the 2013 recruiting class.

2011-2012 Projected NC State Roster
Here is an updated roster following Alex Johnson's commitment.

C.J. Williams G Sr. Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) 6-5/218
Williams will be counted on during his senior year. He must play major minutes at the shooting guard position, and he should play more minutes than previously in his career. Williams averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds last season.
Alex Johnson G R-Sr. Cal State Bakersfield (Toronto, Canada) 5-10/170
Johnson will be able to impact right away in the backcourt for NC State, a team that lacks depth at the point guard position. An experienced, redshirt senior, Johnson can facilitate the offense and hit open shots.
Scott Wood G/F Jr. Marion (Marion, Ind.) 6-6/177
Wood has played small forward his entire career, but he will probably need to play some shooting guard as a junior due to the Wolfpack's lack of backcourt depth. Can he handle it defensively? Wood led the team in minutes played last year (31.3), and he averaged 9.7 points and hit 42% of his 3-point attempts.
Jordan Vandenberg C Jr. Aust. Institute of Sport (Melbourne, Aust.) 7-1/248
Vandenberg started to earn minutes later in the year, providing energy off the bench. With Tracy Smith graduating, he could be in line for the starting job at center.
Richard Howell F Jr. Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 6-8/261
Howell could really emerge for the Wolfpack during his junior campaign, as he was their most efficient player last season. Playing just 18 minutes a night, Howell averaged 7.4 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 52% from the field. He should be able to contribute at power forward and center in Mark Gottfried's high post offense.
DeShawn Painter C Jr. Hargrave (Norfolk, Va.) 6-9/227
Like with Vandenberg, Painter has a tremendous opportunity in front of him following Smith's graduation. He showed signs of progressing when Smith was sidelined last year.
C.J. Leslie PF Soph. Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) 6-8/206
Leslie was an All-ACC freshman team pick this past season for the Wolfpack, and his role should expand in 2011. He averaged 11.0 points and led the Wolfpack in rebounding (7.2) and blocked shots (1.3). Leslie could be asked to play more small forward as a sophomore.
Lorenzo Brown G Soph. Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) 6-5/186
Harrow's departure opens the door wide open for Lorenzo Brown to seize control of NC State's team. Harrow missed 2.5 games last year with an illness (Duke, UNC, and VT), and in those games Brown averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. Brown will play a lot on the ball this season, and he could have a big sophomore campaign.
Tyler Harris F Fr. St. Benedict's (Long Island, N.Y.) 6-8/200
Harris is going to have to contribute next season for the Wolfpack, likely at both forward positions. A fundamentally sound player with a strong outside jumper, he should add some versatility off the bench.
Jaqawn Raymond G Fr. Statesboro (Statesboro, Ga.) 6-4/190
Raymond will be asked to play right away as a true freshman, providing depth in the backcourt. An athletic player, Raymond will likely back up the guard positions next year.
Thomas De Thaey PF Fr. Canarias Basketball Academy (Canary Islands) 6-8/235
NC State's latest signee, De Thaey impressed the Wolfpack coaches with his toughness, athleticism, and shooting ability. He will have a chance to develop this season, as the Pack has some frontcourt depth, but the coaches also believe he could contribute right away.

2011-2012 NC State Depth Chart
Here is a look at the roster based on classes and positions.
Position Senior Junior Sophomore Freshman
PG Alex Johnson   Lorenzo Brown  
WG/PG C.J. Williams     Jaqawn Raymond
WG/WF   Scott Wood    
WF/PF     C.J. Leslie Tyler Harris
PF   Richard Howell   Thomas De Thaey
C/PF   DeShawn Painter    
C   Jordan Vandenberg    

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