After five seasons without an NCAA tournament appearance under Sidney Lowe, North Carolina State returned to the Big Dance in 2012 under first-year head coach Mark Gottfried, who joined the Wolfpack after 11 seasons at Alabama. NC State made it all the way to the Sweet 16, where they nearly upset Kansas. Now they're reloaded and ready for another run in 2012-13. Evan Daniels breaks down their class.
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NC State last season: 24-13 overall, 9-7 in ACC, lost to Kansas in Sweet 16 of NCAA tournament.
Scout.com class rank: 5
Best player of the class: Ranked No. 18 overall in the 2012 class, Purvis is the top rated recruit in North Carolina State's class. At 6-foot-5, Purvis is a strong, physical guard that is at his best attacking the rim in transition. He should help Mark Gottfried's bunch out of the gate with his ability to put up points.
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The one that got away: Amile Jefferson, PF. In a battle with Duke, North Carolina State was close with Jefferson, a five-star prospect, but in the end couldn't seal the deal. Jefferson ended up at Duke after a long, drawn-out recruiting process.
What to expect from them next year: With the addition of Purvis and Warren, North Carolina State is adding a pair of prospects that can put up points in a hurry. While Purvis is great in transition and going to the rim, Warren is a well-balanced scorer that can pump in points from all three levels. Lewis, a 5-foot-11 lead guard, will find a role as Lorenzo Brown's back-up next season.
Will live up to the hype because ...: Based on North Carolina State's roster they have a serious need for wing scorers. Well, Purvis and Warren fit that billing and should have an opportunity to help right away.
Won't live up to the hype because ...: Will there be enough shots to go around? The need for points from the wing is there, but will they be split between Purvis and Warren? Can they coexist?
TOP FIVE CLASSES
Evan Daniels breaks down his top five recruiting classes of 2012.
In their words ...: "They were at every single one of my games. That stood out to me. If coach Gottfried couldn't be there he would have two guys from the staff there. That right there let me know how much they wanted me." -- Rodney Purvis
"I feel like they are on the come-up. I just want to go in there and help bring the excitement back to Raleigh, N.C." -- T.J. Warren
"I felt like they wanted me there, and that was big. Coach Gottfried said he likes my basketball IQ, how I can lead a team, my passing ability, things like that. Overall I just got a good feel for what they expect of me." -- Tyler Lewis