Jordan Vandenberg, who was lost to an ankle sprain before the season was underway, suited up for N.C. State's unprecedented loss to NCCU but did not play. Joe "Kittens" Ovies tweets that he will play in tomorrow's tilt with NCAA-darling Florida Gulf Coast.
A fifth-year senior, the 7-1 Vandenberg will return to add some semblance of post experience to a Pack team that has been rotating three freshmen at the center spot and playing small with wing T.J. Warren at the four spot. Though he has averaged just a little over a point and a rebound per game in his career, Vandenberg reportedly dropped a lot of weight in the offseason and was poised to finally become a genuine, contributing option in the rotation before his injury in a preseason game against UNC-Pembroke. He had a couple of early dunks in that game, helping the team to a big early lead it had trouble extending once he left the game.
Hopefully his presence will make a positive impact for a Pack team that has underwhelmed in their first four games, though Vandy is a career 48% free thrower, so he probably won't help the team's woes in that regard.