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NC State junior Trevor Lacey was a gigantic part of NC State’s success this season. After sitting out a year post transfer, Lacey worked hard on getting his body in shape and regaining the swagger he had coming out of high school as one of the nations best scorers. This season you could see the fruits of his labor. Lacey was had trimmed down the fat and added some good muscle. With that transformation he was able to lead the Pack in scoring with 16ppg on 44% shooting. He also knocked down 40% of his 3s. Here are the grades on Trevor.

Offense:
Coming into the season there was a lot of talk about how great of a scorer Lacey was going to be. With Warren moving on to the NBA, State fans were pinning a lot of their hopes on this kid. They said he was Warren-lite with the basketball, but after seeing just how amazing TJ was and having not see State really have that type of prolific go-to scorer for many year prior, it was just kind of hard to believe. Then in the red/white game, Lacey couldn’t buy a bucket and seemed hesitant to really try to take on a scoring role. It was the fan’s first glimpse of him and it had them wondering who they were going to lean on for scoring. Well, looks like we all had jumped the gun. When regular season arrived, so did Trevor Lacey. The kid was just phenomenal at creating and making his own shot. He dominated early in the season as he hovered around the 18ppg mark. Teams tried to match up against him with small guards, but he shot over top of them with great accuracy. Lacey honestly was dominant and probably one of the most dangerous guards in the league over the first 10 games. Then there was a bump in the road. Teams began to examine how he was attacking them. He was much too reliant on his pull up jumper and rarely took the ball to the basket. Teams started using taller, more athletic guards on him. He couldn’t shoot over them and he just wasn’t quick enough to go by them. He found himself at a crossroads and needed to alter his style of play if he wanted to lead State to a March run. He started driving a little more and creating in the lane, but he still didn’ look comfortable at first. Then as he started to embrace the contact and refine his game to include moves around the basket. He worked on his step back jumper and learned new ways to create space. This brought Trevor to a new level and helped him round back into form as an elite scorer. His offense was the main reason State was able to make such a strong late season run and will be featured player in the ACC next season.

Grade: A

 

Defense:
Lacey is a good defender. He has the size and strength to guard strong guards and he plays very good position defense against smaller quicker guards. He is crafty and makes up for slightly slower footwork by understanding angles and positioning. His defense is along the lines of former NC State guard Engin Atsur. While I don’t think Lacey is as good a defender at this moment, I think he can be. He and Atsur had about the same foot speed and were both bigger guards who had to defend a wide range of opponents. There was never a game where Lacey just got eaten alive, but there was also not many moment when Lacey defense was changing the game either.

Grade: B-

 

Intangibles:
Not only was he a good scorer, but Trevor Lacey also wore a lot of other hats for this Wolfpack team. He was their vocal leader, he was their cold blooded late game shot taker, he was pretty much the backbone of this basketball team. He played with good body language (most of the time) and really instilled confidence in his guys. He never demanded the basketball and was quick to pass up a good shot for a teammates great shot. With all of this came a very high in-game IQ, all while learning to play in the ACC for the first time.

Grade: B+

 

Offseason Checklist
Lacey could and should receive all A’s across the board next season. Offensively he’s going to get better. As good as he was, he has the ability to be a 20+ppg scorer for this team. After going through the ups and downs of the prior season he can get a sense of how opponents want to defend him. He’ll have a full offseason to refine new moves to free him up, and also get comfortable scoring from spots that teams seem to be forcing him into.

Defensively I don’t think Lacey needs to improve technically, but he does need to come into next season in elite shape. While he added strength last year and came into the season in good shape, I think the next step is for him to lean up while keeping his current strength and take his training to the next level this offseason. He’ll be looked to for major minutes next year and will be matched up against some big time scorers. If Lacey can get quicker, stronger and up his endurance (which was already good this season), he’ll be able to launch into super star status (something NC State will need if they want to be a top 10 team next year).

Lacey was a good leader and next year this is going to be his team. No deferring to other upper classmen, no questioning missed calls. Lacey needs to be above that. He needs to be completely focused on keeping his team completely focused and consumed by a drive to take this team to the Final Four next season. If he does that, then not only will NC State be successful, but Trevor Lacey will be punching his NBA ticket without a doubt.

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Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

wolfpack74 Wolfer96 Yes there are many areas for improvement. As stated the improvements should start with our BIGs. If they learn just a couple of post moves and learn how to pass out of the post the offense will look much better. Abu gives me some hope as he has shown the ability to pass and score from the post.

Also Gott has to do a better job of keeping the ball moving until the right shot opens up.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
7 years ago

Wolfer96 wolfpack74 Yes he can improve, but the give an go on last year team was unheard of.  You give it to the bigs they shoot or lose it out of bounds.  If he passed it to  Turner, it went up.  If he passed it to Barber, he didn’t know what to do.  I have watched girls games with better passing skills than State.  They have perfected the give and go.  Maybe Gott and the staff should watch replays of the Notre Dame girls game for pointers on how to move the ball to improve our assists per game.  Since the… Read more »

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

wolfpack74 You’re assuming that we live in a binary world where either Lacey shoots a bad shot or someone shoots a better but less effective shot. What I’m saying is that Lacey either waits for a better shot or does something other than a step back jumper with someone in his face. Like drive to the hoop, give an go, etc. Also, saying that Trevor needs to improve his shot selection does not discount his contribution to the team. This team would have been .500 this season without Trevor. He was single-handedly the biggest factor to the team’s success this… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
7 years ago

I disagree totally.  Most of his forced shots come from being passed the ball late in the shot clock.  Pass the ball inside, he does that better than all the other guards combined.  If it had been for Lacey we would have not won 50% of our games.  I have more trust in one of his bad shot selections than anyone else best shot.  Hopefully he does not go to play overseas in the near future.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

PackJunky I agree. I don’t think all the media hype about him being the #1 isolation player in the country helps. If he improves in shot selection, I don’t see why he can’t shoot around 50% FGs.

PackJunky
PackJunky
7 years ago

Trevor needs to improve his shot selection sometimes. He still occasionally forces contested jumpers at the most inopportune times. While he can sometimes hit those hard shots, he needs to let the offense come to him and trust his teammates in those situations, especially his bigs, like Malik.  Feed the ball inside son! It will make life so much easier next year for everybody!!

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Men’s Basketball: NC State Ranked 55th in First NET Rankings of 2022-23

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The first NET Rankings of the 2022-23 Men’s College Basketball season are out, and NC State is ranked 55th after their first 9 games (7-2).

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This marks the 5th season in which the NET Rankings have been used to as the NCAA’s primary tool for evaluating teams, especially when it comes to NCAA Tournament selection time.

The NET includes more components than just winning percentage. It takes into account game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.

The number of Quadrant 1 wins and Quadrant 3/4 losses will be incredibly important when it comes time for NCAA tournament selection and seeding. (how many years was isaiah written before jesus)

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NC State to Wear Throwback Jerseys Tomorrow Night in Heritage Game to Honor 1983 Championship Team

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team will wear vintage throwback jerseys tomorrow night when they take on Coppin State in the 2022 Heritage Game, paying homage to the 1983 National Championship team.

I know it’s just my opinion, but I wish they would simply play in these jerseys all year!

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Kevin Keatts Postgame Press Conference After Pitt: BULLETED

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack lost their ACC opener to Pitt at home 60-68. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • We didn’t play well or sharp offensively.
    • You can look at the numbers, and I think, at times because the ball wasn’t going in the hole for us, it affected us on the defensive end.
    • It was one of those gritty games where you’ve got to figure out how to win the game, especially when the ball isn’t going in.
    • Terquavion Smith carried us early in the game, but a couple of our guys never really got into a flow, and offensively we struggled.
    • When we struggled, I thought we gave up some easy baskets on the other end.
    • Obviously, today’s kids, when the ball is not going in offensively, sometimes it affects you on the defensive end.
    • It wasn’t our night offensively tonight.
  • When you look at our team, what’s made us special this year is that we’ve been consistent and have 4 guys in double figures, and tonight we didn’t have that.
  • We had some good play from DJ Burns. He came in and did a good job.
  • We’ve gotta get back in the gym and get better. We’ll work on some things.
  • I have to stand up, take accountability, and get us better on the offensive end, and we’ll figure out how to make some shots.
  • Not to take away from Pitt’s defense, I thought we missed shots.
    • Surely, give them credit because they won the game, and I thought it was a slugfest, and they won the game that way, but I just thought we missed a lot of easy shots that we normally would make.
  • I remember looking out there at the game as we played, and some of the shots that he [Joiner] normally would make, even his drives to the rim, he didn’t finish.
  • They [Pitt] did a good job getting back in transition. A lot of Casey’s [Morsell] shots have come with him running the floor and getting out in transition.
    • They stayed at home. When you’re shooting the ball as well as he is, they did a good job of staying at home.
    • The reason we got so many open looks to our post guys as we rolled, was because they stayed with our shooters a lot.
  • No [they didn’t take too many three’s], that’s who we are.
    • For example, I thought Jack Clark got some great looks.
      • None of them looked good as they came off.
    • Certainly, Terquavion was hot early from 3 and made some shots.
    • It was a weird night for us offensively, and we weren’t clicking as much as I’d hoped we would be.
    • Like I said, we’ve got to get back in the gym, and we’ve got to get some shots up.
  • We’ve got no choice. We’ve got to move on.
    • The great thing about this is that, while unfortunately we lost our ACC opener, we’ve got 19 more of them to play.
    • We’ve got to figure out how to get it back on the other end.
    • It doesn’t define us. It was a good game. Give Pitt credit.
    • We’ve just got to go to work and get ready for our next game and then our next one after that.
  • We hope we play better than we have been playing offensively.
    • You feel bad for our guys, because everything had gone well for them offensively this season.
    • We’ve had great numbers against great teams, when you talk about playing against Kansas, Butler, and Dayton, and tonight, for whatever reason, we didn’t shoot the ball well. We have to make each shot.
  • If you look back on all of Jarkel’s shots, he has taken those all year long.
    • He just missed some, and he is normally pretty good with his pull-up.
      • He didn’t make those, and typically, he would make it to the free-throw line, but he didn’t have many opportunities there.
      • He missed his three-point shots.
    • I know him, and many guys will get to the gym later on. It’s not a mandatory thing, but I know those guys, and they will be working on their shot.
  • We’ve got to flush it.
    • We have to figure out what we did offensively and get better defensively.
    • We have to get back to work and get ready for Coppin State.
  • Our home opener [ACC] here, we wanted to win it.
    • It’s an ACC game, and you know how important these are, but at the end of the day, you can’t put your head down.
    • We’ve got a lot more basketball to play. We have had a really great start to our season, and as I have told the guys in the locker room, don’t let one loss define us.
    • We didn’t let the Kansas loss define us. We moved on, and we’ve got to do the same thing with this one.
  • We’re very encouraging.
    • One thing about guys that miss shots that normally make them, they’re not trying to miss, and so we are trying to give them as much confidence as we can.
    • We’re asking them to do other things to affect the game.
    • One thing I told Jack [Clark], because he has been our best rebounder, was ‘go in there and get you an easy basket, or go in there and get you an offensive rebound.’
    • It’s something to get you going. It’s amazing how it works.
      • You get an easy basket, and then get to the free-throw line to make a shot. All of a sudden, you’ve got your shots going on.
    • I’m telling those guys to do a couple of other things to impact the game.

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Men’s Basketball: Pitt 68 NC State 60: ACCDN HIGHLIGHT REEL & CONDENSED GAME

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NC State lost their ACC opener to Pitt tonight in PNC Arena 60-68. You can check out the Box Score here. Below are the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

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