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This talented roster has underachieved but has a chance to right the ship with a strong March Madness run.
It all starts at the top with Lorenzo Brown, who's struggled to convert his own offense, particularly on the perimeter, with much efficiency as a junior. His field-goal percentage dipped from 45 percent to 42 percent, and his three-point stroke fell from 35 percent to 28 percent.
Brown is also turning the ball over 3.5 times per game, which puts a slight damper on the fact that he leads the ACC in assists.
He's controlling this vehicle from here on out, and it would reflect positively on his stock if he's able to steer it back in the right direction.
C.J. Leslie is another name that's been on NBA radars but has failed to stick, thanks to maturity issues and a lack of progression. A couple of big games in March could put him back on the map.
Richard Howell is a guy likely fighting for a second-round draft position. He averaged a double-double as a senior and could appeal to a team looking for front-court toughness and depth. The longer he lasts in this tournament, the better his chances are of catching an eye.
Another name to watch is freshman T.J. Warren, who might actually be the most promising prospect in the lineup. Warren can score from anywhere on the floor but has been third in the offensive pecking order, limiting his scoring opportunities.
One more year at NC State should do the trick, but if he breaks out in March, he could be a trendy name this June.
Freshman Rodney Purvis will be looking to add his name to the 2014 NBA draft picks to watch for. He's a quick, scoring guard capable of taking over offensively.
NC State has a slew of NBA prospects who would all benefit individually from experiencing team success in the NCAA tournament.