Sunday, August 19, 2012

Former Duke guard Jon Scheyer to play in Spain

Former Duke guard Jon Scheyer will play the 2012-2013 season with CB Gran Canaria, a club located in Spain's Canary Islands, according to a release from the team.

CB Gran Canaria plays in la Liga Endesa, Spain's first-tier leagues, which includes FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Scheyer, who is Jewish, played sparingly last season in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He left the team in March, telling the New York Times that his time overseas had been "frustrating."

Scheyer appeared in three games this summer for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA summer league, averaging 3.1 points and 1.2 rebounds.

-- Laura Keeley

Monday, August 13, 2012

N.C. State exhibition in Canary Islands called at half

In Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, concern for player safety led to N.C. State's exhibition against Gran Canaria Select being called at halftime because of a slippery playing surface with the Wolfpack leading 55-41.

Scott Wood led N.C. State with 21 points, including 5-of-7 3-pointers. T.J Warren added 16 and Tyler Lewis had 10.

N.C. State's final exhibition will be Monday against CB Gran Canaria U20 at 2 p.m. EDT.

- News Services

Friday, August 10, 2012

T.J. Warren leads N.C. State to 85-70 win in Canary Islands

T.J. Warren is making the most of his chances on N.C. State's preseason trip to Spain. Warren, a freshman from Durham, led the Wolfpack with 26 points in its 85-70 win over CB Gran Canaria on Friday at the Grand Canary Islands.

Warren, a McDonald's All-American, is expected to help State with perimeter scoring and as a post defender. He has been an explosive scorer in the first three games, getting extra minutes on the perimeter with guard Rodney Purvis back in Raleigh still waiting for clearance from the NCAA. Warren had 20 in the Pack's win on Tuesday over CB Torrejon.

“T.J. did a really good job for us today scoring a lot of points,” coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement released by the team.

Warren did more than score on Friday with 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Warren made 13 of his 16 shots.

Senior guard Scott Wood added 23 points, with seven 3-pointers, for the Wolfpack, which improved to 3-0 on its European trip.

Junior guard Lorenzo Brown continued his strong play, showing no ill effects from recent knee surgery, with 13 points and eight assists.

Junior forward C.J. Leslie added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

-- News Services

UNC - N.C. State, Duke- UNC slated for ESPN's GameDay

UNC will appear twice on ESPN's College GameDay during the 2012-13 college basketball season, the school announced Friday.

The Tar Heels' game at N.C. State on Jan. 26 (7 p.m., ESPN) will be preceded by a 6 p.m. College GameDay broadcast from Raleigh. Also, GameDay will be in Chapel Hill on March 9 for the regular-season finale between UNC and Duke (9 p.m., ESPN).

UNC will be appearing at a GameDay site for the ninth and 10th times in school history. By the end of this season, no team will have played in more GameDay games than the Tar Heels.

By the way, Hubert Davis' replacement on GameDay will be Jalen Rose. Davis, of course, joined coach Roy Williams’ staff at UNC after Jerod Haase became the head coach at UAB.

-- Andrew Carter

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wolfpack wins 1st game in Spain

N.C. State beat CB Torrejon 83-76 on Tuesday to win the first of its five games in Spain.

The Wolfpack led by six at the half, and by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter, before the Spanish pro club cut the score to 80-74 in the final minute.

Statistics from the game are not yet available. Second-year coach Mark Gottfried talked about the game on the team's radio broadcast after win.

"It was a good game for our guys," Gottfried said. "I thought early in the game, we weren't moving our feet real well and got ourselves into trouble defensively."

Gottfried said a zone defense helped the Pack take control of the game after trailing 23-21 at the end of the first quarter.

"I liked our defense a little bit more in the second and third quarters," Gottfried said. "That was probably the key to us tonight."

Gottfried praised the play of freshmen Tyler Lewis and T.J. Warren, who both started -- along with Scott Wood, Thomas de Thaey and Jordan Vandenberg. A surprise for the Pack was the return of junior point guard Lorenzo Brown, who had minor knee surgery on June 26.

Gottfried also commented on the absence of freshman guard Rodney Purvis, who has not been cleared academically by the NCAA.

"I hate that he's not here, I just feel terrible for him because he's a young guy that I think has worked really hard," Gottfried said. "Academically, he has done everything that he has been asked to do."

Purvis' high school, the Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, is under an extended review by the NCAA. Gottfried said the decision was in the hands of the NCAA.

"Our staff at N.C. State has done a great job, I think the high school is doing a great job," Gottfried said. "I think now, you're just at a point where they have to sort through everything and make a determination."