NC State's Barber ready for big role as rookie


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Anthony "Cat" Barber is ready for a chance to lead North Carolina State's overhauled roster this season.

The McDonald's All-American is the top incoming recruit for a Wolfpack team with just three scholarship returnees who saw action last year. That means Barber and his fellow freshmen will see significant roles for a team that's in flux heading into coach Mark Gottfried's third season.

Barber says "there's a 100 percent chance" that he's going to play right away as a freshman.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound native of Hampton, Va., was the nation's fourth-ranked point guard according to He'll join a backcourt that includes sophomore returnee Tyler Lewis and LSU transfer Ralston Turner — who sat out last year.

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