Lowe Lands First Recruit

Sidney Lowe has landed his first recruit at NC State. The new Wolfpack head coach has picked up a verbal commitment from Iowa State freshman point guard Farnold Degand, as Degand has announced that he will be transferring into the ACC program.

Sidney Lowe has landed his first recruit during his tenure at NC State. The new Wolfpack head coach has picked up a verbal commitment from Iowa State freshman point guard Farnold Degand, as Degand has announced that he will be transferring into the ACC program.

"Being his first recruit is an honor," Degand said. "He's going to start off his coaching career with me. He told me that the team's going to revolve around the point guard and he's going to try and play to my strength and let me push the ball."

"I made the decision that was best for me," he added. "I was comfortable with the staff and I just felt that N.C. State had what I need."

Degand visited NC State last week and was impressed with what he saw during his stay in Raleigh.

"NC State is a great school, with a great tradition," he said. "Even the pickup games down there was really good. Anthony Grundy and Flip [Murray] were there playing with the team, P.J. Tucker, a player from Clemson... it just made the pickup games competitive, and it makes you improve playing against top competition everyday.

"I like the fact that it's in the ACC. I got to meet the new head coach, and he's a real genuine guy and seems like a great coach. He's a down-to-earth guy and was easy to talk to."

Degand starred for Boston (Mass.) O'Bryant High School before enrolling at Iowa State at the age of 17, young for a college freshman. He just turned 18 in January, and will be playing in 2007 as a 19-year-old redshirt sophomore with three years to play three seasons.

He used the redshirt year to get bigger, he added 10 pounds of muscle, and improve his overall game playing daily in practice against NBA hopefuls Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock. He certainly impressed former Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan with his play during practice.

"Farnold Degand has been playing great," Morgan said at the Big 12 Tournament. "I think that the people in Iowa and [the] fans across the country are going to think, where did this guy come from? He is really good. From end to end he is as fast as anybody in the country."

"I think the talent was always there, but Will and Curtis brought it out the right way," Degand said. "They showed me how to do it. I just sat back and watched and became a student."

"I don't make the home run pass and just try and make things simple," Degand said. "I don't play out of control and have learned to calm down."

This could be a big week for Lowe and his staff. News on 2006 signee Dan Werner should break this week, and the Wolfpack is still in the mix. 2007 wing Johnny Thomas has been on campus this week and so has wing Dorenzo Hudson. J.J. Hickson, Chris Wright, and Jamelle McMillan remain major targets in the 2007 class and the Wolfpack just might have a "big" option left in the 2006 class.

With that being said, Sidney Lowe secured a huge pickup in Degand as the transfer will provide the Wolfpack with stability in the backcourt in 2007 following the graduation of Engin Atsur.


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