Shot Makers

Does it seem like NC State is making a lot of shots? Well, that is because they are. The Wolfpack is currently No. 2 in the nation in field goal percentage, as they are shooting a blistering 52.8% from the field for the season.

Does it seem like NC State is making a lot of shots? Well, that is because they are.

The Wolfpack is currently No. 2 in the nation in field goal percentage, as they are shooting a blistering 52.1% from the field for the season.

Only Gonzaga (52.8%) is hitting shots at a better clip, and in the ACC the margin is large. NC State is the only team in the league hitting more than 50% of their shots, as Maryland (49%) and Duke (48%) trail the Wolfpack.

"I think we are taking good shots," said Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried. "I think as a coach, what you want is each player to take high percentage shots for that player and then collectively add it all up."

A big reason for State's success shooting the ball has been the ability to work it into the post and for those players to convert.

State's three main frontcourt players, C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, and T.J. Warren, have been outstanding in terms of converting.

Howell and Warren rank No. 2 and No. 5 nationally in field goal percentage shooting, as they are hitting 68.1% and 67.1% of their shots. Leslie, who leads the trio in attempts, is just 46th nationally, converting a stellar 56.9% of his attempts.

Factor in reserve center Jordan Vandenberg's 4-of-4 shooting for the year, and it's easy to see why NC State, a team that doesn't rely on perimeter shooting, has been able to shoot the ball at such a high rate.

"I think the ball is going inside a lot more early," said Gottfried. "Which has helped our shooting percentages.

With that being said, Gottfried still believes his team can only improve. Even with the prolific shooting numbers, he and his staff don't believe the offense is where it can be.

"It's interesting," said Gottfried. "We have shot a really good percentage, yet we don't feel as a staff that we are anywhere near what we can be as far as how well we're running our offense, and how well we are reading where the ball should go... decisions we are making with the ball.

"We have shot a great percentage, but we don't feel like we've really run our offense that well yet. We feel like we can get a lot better. I don't know if that necessarily means our percentages go higher, but offensively I think we can be a lot more efficient than we have."

The Wolfpack, ranked No. 25 in the country prior to Saturday's game against Norfolk State, can certainly run their offense better, and if they continue to hit shots at the rate they are doing that will be scary for the opposition.

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