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October 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE — NC State coach Mark Gottfried expects his youthful but talented squad to rely on the perimeter until his big men by committee find their way.
Gottfried welcomed back McDonald's All-American point guard signee Anthony Barber to practice this week after he had missed time with a concussion. Barber's ability to play both guard spots, and perhaps most importantly, be a lock defender has Gottfried encouraged. Barber and sophomore point guard Tyler Lewis have the option of playing together depending on matchups.
The backcourt combined with wings T.J. Warren, Desmond Lee and Ralston Turner, should supply the points with five of the top six scorers gone from last year's team. Warren, a sophomore who can play both forward positions, has lost about 23 pounds in the last year, and is poised for a monster season for the Wolfpack.
Gottfried said fifth-year senior center Jordan Vandenberg could help settle the inside spot, and rotate with freshmen Kyle Washington, Lennard Freeman and BeeJay Anya. The latter checked in at 337 pounds in the last week and might be the X factor of the frontcourt.
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