If you don’t know these guys already, you will soon. Ryan Harrow, C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown (left to right) make up this year’s men’s basketball freshman class, and they’re the most heralded NC State newcomers in at least a decade. If you haven’t seen them in action, you can find plenty of clips of each on YouTube (Ryan here, C.J. here and Lorenzo here). And you can check out highlights from the 111-73 exhibition win over Pfeiffer here. The trio joins a Wolfpack team that returns all-conference forward Tracy Smith and is looking to make the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. The News & Observer, Technician, The Fayetteville Observer and TheACC.com have previews.
The men’s basketball team opens the 2010-11 season on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the RBC Center against Tennessee Tech. GoPack.com has a preview.
On the women’s side, the Wolfpack are coming off a 20-win season and an NCAA Tournament bid in head coach Kellie Harper’s first year. The 2010-11 squad features the 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year, Marissa Kastanek, and forward Bonae Holston, who led the Wolfpack in scoring at 12.6 points per game. WRAL, Technician and TheACC.com have previews.
The women’s basketball team tips off Friday in a noon game at Reynolds Coliseum against the College of Charleston. The contest is part of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational, and GoPack.com has the details. We followed Coach Harper through her first season in our series A Coach’s First Season.
(Photograph by Luis Zapata, courtesy of NC State Student Media)