North Carolina State Wolfpack Could Surprise People This Season

By Trevor Lowry
North Carolina State Wolfpack
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack entered last season with a bunch of hype. That will not be the case in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but this team could surprise people.

Basically only T.J. Warren will be returning to the team. Warren averaged 12.1 points per game last season and he has a lot of potential. Warren could be one of the best players in the ACC and the Wolfpack will count on him quite a bit this year.

NC State has a relatively easy non-conference schedule, which could be a very good thing. The toughest games will be against Missouri, Cincinnati and Tennessee. All three of those teams could easily beat the Wolfpack in the upcoming season, but I doubt that will be the case.

Winning one or two of those games would have people buzzing about this team and winning all three of those games would have the Wolfpack ranked–most likely.

Although many great players are gone, North Carolina State will have a pretty good freshmen class joining the team, which is highlighted by three four-stars.

The Wolfpack are definitely in rebuilding mode and are not expected to do much in the ACC this year. If the incoming freshmen can have an impact right away, who knows how good this team will be in the 2013-14 season.

It is important to note that LSU transfer Ralston Turner will be taking the court. Turner is capable of putting up double-digits in the scoring department and that was the case in the 2010-11 season. He averaged 12.3 points per game that year.

NC State has some talent and could be a surprise team in the upcoming season, but there are clearly a lot of question marks with this team thanks to so many players leaving.

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