Gonzalez: 'I Felt Proud'

Miami (FL) Dr. Krop point guard Javier Gonzalez committed to NC State this spring and he can now make his verbal official during the late signing period.

Miami (FL) Dr. Krop point guard Javier Gonzalez committed to NC State this spring and he can now make his verbal official during the late signing period.

"I haven't signed my papers yet," said Gonzalez. "The application and everything has been sent to my mom, and she lives in Puerto Rico. After she signs them, she is going to send them to Miami so I can sign them.

"I'm going to sign the papers and I will send them back to NC State. I think everything will be done within the next week."

Gonzalez committed to NC State in March after considering offers from the Wolfpack, LSU, Washington State, Hofstra, Central Florida, and Duquesne among others.

Since pledging to the Wolfpack, Gonzalez has remained in contact with the NC State coaches.

"I talk to them at least once or twice a week," he said. "I talk to coach Monte [Towe] the most. I get the feeling they are excited. I know I am excited, and my parents are excited too."

After verbaling, Gonzalez closely watched the end of NC State's season. Sidney Lowe posted a 20-win season in his first year at NC State, and that was with a short-handed roster. The Wolfpack might look different over the next few years.

"It was great watching them play because they were a team that everyone said had no chance," said Gonzalez. "They made it to the final game of the ACC Tournament, and I felt proud of their late run.

"Coach [Lowe] told me that they are playing more of a slower tempo and a lot of halfcourt offense because they didn't have a lot of players," Gonzalez added. "He said that when they get more players he wants to run and make it an uptempo game. That is how I want to play, but I think I could play point guard in the halfcourt offense too."

"That is how I want to play."

Gonzalez didn't sign in the fall and the decision paid off as he became a hot commodity after a huge senior year. Leading Miami (FL) Dr. Krop deep into the state playoffs, Gonzalez averaged 20 points, six assists, and five rebounds. He was named first-team All-Dade, first-team all-state, and was tabbed the Class 6A State Player of the Year.

At 6-foot and 175-pounds, he is a point guard that can create shots for his teammates and score in traffic. He has the toughness needed to play the position in the ACC, and his athleticism can create problems for opposing defenses.

He mentioned that a major factor in his commitment was the potential playing time available at the point guard position. However, Gonzalez acknowledges that he will have to work hard to play.

"I know it's not going to be easy," said Gonzalez. "I want to come in and compete for early minutes, but I know I have to practice hard. They have other guys up there that want to play just as much as I do, so I'm trying to work as hard as I can now and when I get there so I can play."

Gonzalez currently projects as an academic qualifier. However, he will take the ACT and SAT one more time to ensure that he remains academically qualified.

"I'm qualified right now," he stated. "I'm going to keep taking the ACT and SAT a couple of times just in case something happens with my GPA.

"I take the ACT this Saturday, and I'm going to take the SAT in May."


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