Freshman Preview: Justin Flatt

The Strutting Wolf checks the progress the Class of 2002 has made in adjusting to NC State, college life and Wolfpack basketball. In part two of a four part series, TSW interviewed Hardin High assistant coach Greg Wolfe about Justin Flatt's transition to Raleigh.

When Justin Flatt returned to Savannah Tennessee after his official visit to NC State, he told his Uncle/Hardin County Assistant Greg Wolfe that "I cannot see how any place could be any better than NC State and Raleigh." Now that Justin has been through summer school and is preparing for the official start of practice on October 15th, it seems he still loves some Raleigh. "He is just loving it. He loves the guys and the coaching staff. The more he knows them, the more comfortable he is being around them" said Wolfe.

Justin has bought completely into Coach Herb Sendek's system, as he has worked extremely hard on improving his game. Coach Wolfe explains, "He is getting better skill wise and is developing his body. He went in at 176 and is up to 192 pounds. He called me after one of his individual skill sessions and told me it was the hardest thing he has ever done. His game is improving."

Flatt, a true Gym rat, has found he is running with a "Pack" of rats in Raleigh. "He loves the time he is spending with the players. Justin called me the other day to tell me Julius Hodge had knocked on his door at 1:00 in the morning. He wanted to go to the gym and shoot. This has happened a couple of times" said Wolfe.

According to Coach Wolfe, Justin also seems to be adjusting to college life in general. "School is going real well. He took two summer classes and came away with a 4.0. He is taking fifteen hours this fall. He also is making friends. When I call him, if he is not in the gym, he will have four or five people around him. He is staying real busy."

We also asked coach about Justin's impression on his fellow classmates. From conversations, I gather they (Mejia, Simons, Bennerman, Flatt) all seemed to be adapting well. Justin is especially impressed with Cameron Bennerman's incredible athletic abilities."

Justin was known for his three point shot at Hardin High. In a February Interview with TSW, Head Coach Anthony Gilchrist said, "Justin is the best pure shooter I have ever coached. His stroke and form are perfect." With Archie Miller completing his eligibility and moving to the sidelines as a coach, NC State fans can look toward Justin Flatt as the next downtown bomber in a Wolfpack uniform.

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