RALEIGH - N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe had a conversation about leadership with senior forward Tracy Smith on Tuesday morning.
Lowe said the Wolfpack isn't getting enough leadership on the floor from his players. He said for some reason, a lot of players these days are hesitant to speak up with their teammates.
"He understood what I was talking about," Lowe said of Smith, "so we'll see."
Heading into Wednesday night's home game against No. 4-ranked Duke, N.C. State has limited options for leadership on the floor. Three of the starters in the most recent game at Florida State - C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow - were freshmen.
That limits their leadership ability, according to Lowe.
"As a freshman, you just want those guys going out and playing as hard as they can, as smart as they can, and helping the team win," Lowe said.
Smith, then, as a senior who's the team's leading scorer, may have to speak up even if he is naturally more soft spoken.
"We still haven't had that to where I think we need it," Lowe said of the team's leadership. "We still need someone to do that. Right now it's me."
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