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Wolfpack in the NBA D-League: Stat Update

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NBA Development League Stats Update: Checking-in on some of your favorite former Wolfpack players as they push for a chance in the NBA. All statistics provided by the NBADL website (as of Jan 11).

Lorenzo BrownDelaware 87ers

Brown stayed in the D-League for five games. After being designated for assignment by the Philadelphia 76ers in mid-December, he used his D-League stint to display his pass-first style, but also unveil a new scoring touch—averaging 18.2 points over his five-game stint. He was recalled to the Sixers on Jan. 4 but was sent back down on Jan. 9. Keep an eye out for an article about his journey so far in the coming weeks.

MIN    REB   AST   STL   TO   BLK   PTS

36.4     4.8      8.0    1.4     3.4   0.4    18.2

 

Richard HowellIdaho Stampede

Since we last checked in with him, Howell’s production has cooled down slightly—he went from averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds in his first nine games to 18 and 11 for his season average. That isn’t his fault, though. Howell’s teammate, Pierre Jackson, is leading the league with 30 points a game, and Blazer’s top-pick C.J. McCollum is recovering from an ankle injury. If Jackson is traded like some rumors suggest and McCollum is recalled, his production may improve again.

MIN    REB   AST   STL   TO   BLK   PTS

35.4   10.8     2.7    1.4    2.6    0.7    17.9

 

Brandon CostnerLos Angeles D-Fenders

Costner has hit a bit of a snag this season. His point production, field-goal percentage and three-point shooting percentage are down from last season. That said, he’s started eight of 12 games for the D-Fenders. He also made a splash during the NBA Development League Showcase, coming off the bench to score 24 points and pulldown seven rebounds on a Jan. 6 matchup with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

MIN    REB   AST   STL   TO   BLK   PTS

27.8    5.8      2.0     0.8    2.0   0.8    11.4

 

C.J. LeslieErie BayHawks

The 2012 ACC Preseason Player of the Year has played sporadically in his 15 games with the BayHawks. Though he has averaged 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds for the 3-12 BayHawks, he still needs to find consistency. With the BayHawks Jeremy Tyler signing a contract with the Knicks on Dec. 31, Leslie has the chance to take on more of the scoring load.

MIN    REB   AST   STL   TO   BLK   PTS

26.3     5.7     1.7     0.7   1.9    1.1    13.1

 

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Justin Gainey Named Associate Head Coach at Marquette

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Former NC State Point Guard Justin Gainey (1997-00) has been hired by Marquette as their Associate Head Coach, serving along head coach Steve Wojciechowski, the former Duke point guard.

“We are excited to welcome Justin and the Gainey family back to Marquette,” Wojciechowski said.  “Justin is one of the nation’s top rising coaches and his talents, ability to build meaningful relationships and myriad of experiences alongside some of the game’s best teachers will serve our program, and most importantly our players, incredibly well.” (Link)

This isn’t Gainey’s first stint at Marquette, serving as Director of Operations from 2014-17. The past two seasons, Gainey served as an Assistant Coach with Sean Miller at Arizona. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara for one season with his former head coach at NC State, Herb Sendek.

Gainey’s coaching career began at NC State, where he served as Director of Operations for three seasons (2006-09), and then he went on to work at Appalachian State and Elon as well.

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Dennis Smith Jr. Showing Love to Fayetteville in the Midst of Covid-19

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Former NC State Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. never forgets where he came from. The New York Knicks Point Guard is always showing love for Fayetteville, North Carolina.

According to Ian Begley, DSJ is providing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, and 32 computers for local students in Fayetteville.

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Andrew Knizner Enters 2020 as the #6 Prospect in the Cardinals Organization

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Former NC State Catcher Andrew Knizner enters the 2020 season ranked as the #6 prospect in the Cardinals organization.

Knizner was drafted in the 7th round by St. Louis in 2016, and was called up for the 1st time to the Big Leagues last year, when Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list.

The jump wasn’t an easy one, with Knizner hitting .226 in 18 games.

Despite some time in the Majors at the end of last season, Knizner will begin 2020 in Triple-A Memphis, where he has already played 83 games, hitting .283.

Cardinals legend Molina is back to full strength, and backup Matt Wieters was signed to a 1-year deal, meaning it’s not quite time for Knizner.

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Will Wilson Enters 2020 as the #10 Prospect in the Giants Organization

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Will Wilson will is entering the 2020 baseball season ranked as the #10 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization.

After being drafted by the Angels with the 15th overall pick in the MLB Draft last year, Wilson hit .275 in 46 games of Rookie ball with the Orem Owlz.

In December, the Angels traded him to the Giants.

In his final season at NC State, Wilson led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and finished eighth all-time in career doubles (57) and homers (39), and ninth in total bases (409).

Wilson is the 3rd highest draft pick in NC State history, and only the 2nd batter to be drafted in the 1st round, alongside another shortstop who is currently in the league as well: Trea Turner.

According to MLB.com, Wilson is expected to make it to the Majors in 2022.

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