Sidney Lowe Shows He Can Recruit, Now He Must Show He Can Coach

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IMay 2, 2010

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12:  Sidney Lowe, head coach of the North Carolina State Wolfpack works the sidelines in their quarterfinal game against the Florida State Seminoles in the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Sidney Lowe has a secret he wants to tell you. He can recruit really, really well.

NC State has signed three recruits in 2010 all five stars, including power forward CJ Leslie who inked with the Wolfpack last week.

Lowe's recruiting haul is quite remarkable considering in four seasons in Raleigh he has yet to lead State to a NCAA Tournament.

In fact, Lowe's ACC record is just 20-44 and he has never finished higher than ninth in the league. Overall, Lowe is 71-62 and NC State's run to the second round of the NIT this year was the highest post season finish yet.

But Lowe can likely offer early playing time next year considering the level of talent he has coming back. The Wolfpack's best player Tracy Smith has declared for the NBA Draft, but still may return to Raleigh.

However, the pressure will be on Lowe, who played on State's 1983 National Championship team, to produce with the talented freshman.

If Athletic Director Lee Fowler leaves NC State as recent rumors have been suggesting , Lowe will have a new boss that did not hire him and may not have the patience to incur more losses.

With these three blue chip recruits, can Lowe finally show improvement and get NC State over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament?

This and other ACC Basketball posts can also be found at The ACC & SEC Blog