This may or may not be relevant to Amile, but Eric Bossi reporting that Tyler Harris is leaving NC State.
Well if Amile Jefferson needs to have a very little used freshman with minimal expectations for the up coming season "cleared out" for him to expect more playing time, then I think we have all over estimated Amile's worth as a basketball player.
Most likely the kid didn't want to be at NCSU and left.... not everything that happens is part of the recruiting chess game.
But I can't imagine Gottfried forcing Harris (or anyone else) out. He doesn't seem to be running that type of program, and if he was he'd get buried by Roy Williams (and possibly Duke as well) for pulling those shenanigans.
"With seven national titles and 20 Final Fours in the 64-team NCAA Tournament era, Duke and UNC have had more playoff success than any other CONFERENCE." - Al Featherston
I was surprised when Painter left. This doesn't surprise me at all. Harris got a fair amount of PT early but then just disappeared. Gottfried compressed his rotation to seven and when he went deeper than that, he usually opted for DeThaey.
It was no secret that Harris was not a happy camper at the end of last season.
Hopefully we are a bit more level-headed on this side, albeit still interested and invested in the young man's decision.
On another note, this probably has been discussed already, but, just curious - if Amile goes elsewhere and Andre redshirts, I count 10 young men on the active roster for next season? Will we have walk-ons or somehow otherwise gain a few additional student athletes, or will we go to war with 10 guys?
PG: Tyler vs. Quinn
SG: Seth vs. Rasheed
SF: Alex vs. ?
PF Ryan vs. Josh
C: Plumlee v. Plumlee
I guess Todd Z. could go against Ryan while Josh goes against Alex, but we can see how vital a role Alex will play as the only "big versatile wing" on our roster. I agree with you though that we'll be fine even if we don't add anyone as this core group of guys is pretty darn solid.