ESPN has put out it’s top 25 for 2012-2013 already and they think the Wolfpack is the nation’s 6th best team. Yes, you read that right. 6th. As an outsider, it makes sense. This is a team that loses only one players from the starting line-up and adds one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. As a Wolfpack fan, however, it’s got you thinking ‘This can’t be right, can it?” For years, NC State has struggled to get themselves back on a national stage and it looks like they may have finally arrived. ESPN also has the Pack as the favorite to win the ACC. Here is the blurb from ESPN.
6. NC State
How did this happen so fast? Is North Carolina State really the ACC favorite? Why not. North Carolina and Duke are taking on serious losses, and the Wolfpack overachieved under Mark Gottfried (and top assistant Bobby Lutz) to get to the Sweet 16. If the Wolfpack don’t get too giddy about leaving (will C.J. Leslie remain?), they should be the favorite in the conference. Gottfried has one of the top recruiting classes in the country with Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren and Tyler Lewis. So get ready, Raleigh. You might just have the ACC favorite.
Is ESPN getting ahead of itself, or is the Wolfpack finally back? We want to hear what you have to say in the comment section below.