North Carolina State Basketball Starting Lineup: Updated Wolfpack Starting 5

The starting lineup for the 2024 NC State Wolfpack basketball team is as follows:

N.C. State Starting 5

  • PG– D.J. Horne
  • SG- Casey Morsell
  • SF- Jayden Taylor
  • PF- Dennis Parker Jr.
  • C- D.J. Burns

Head coach Kevin Keatts and the N.C State Wolfpack stick to an eight-man rotation featuring D.J. Horne, Jayden Taylor, Dennis Parker Jr., Casey Morsell, D.J. Burns, Ben Middlebrooks, Michael O’Connell, and Mohamed Diarra. The former five players make up the explosive N.C. State starting lineup.

N.C. State Position Groups

The Wolfpack are a particularly small team outside of center D.J. Burns, who could still be considered undersized for his position at 6-foot-9. The team deploys three and four-guard lineups often and will sometimes start a 6-foot-6 small forward, Dennis Parker Jr., at power forward. The Wolfpack prefers to have more ball handlers on the floor than big men who can’t stretch the floor.

N.C. State Point Guards

D.J. Horne — the starting point guard for the N.C. State Wolfpack — also leads the team in scoring and three-point shooting. Michael O’Connell, a 6-foot-2 senior, provides backup minutes (20.2 minutes per game) for Horne at the lead guard spot or Casey Morrell at shooting guard in case of foul trouble, injury, or simply rest.

N.C. State Shooting Guards

As alluded to above, Casey Morrell starts at the two-guard spot for the Wolfpack. Morrell is a 6-foot-3 senior combo guard capable of playing either guard position but is primarily positioned at the two. O’Connell will back up Morrell and Horne when there are rest needs injuries, or foul trouble. The Wolfpack don’t dig much deeper than that into their bench, however, content with these three players rotating through the two guard positions.

N.C. State Small Forwards

Jayden Taylor is the second-leading scorer for the N.C. State Wolfpack and the de facto small forward for the team. Taylor plays just shy of 30 minutes per game and is backed up by Casey Morrell. Outside of Morrell, the Wolfpack rarely deploy anyone else at the small forward position, especially in conference games when it becomes imperative to play only the best players.

N.C. State Power Forwards

Dennis Parker Jr., a 6-foot-6 freshman, is the starting power forward for N.C. State. Parker, however, often splits time with Mohamed Diarra or Ben Middlebrooks, depending on how big their opponent is from a size perspective. Diarra is 6-foot-10, so — if the Wolfpack are playing a larger team —, they might opt to give him more minutes since he is bigger and a better rebounder overall.

N.C. State Centers

D.J. Burns, a 6-foot-9 senior, is the starting center for the N.C. State Wolfpack. This season, he is averaging over 12 points per game. Burns is a physical center who uses his strength and body to move players out of rebounding positions or under the basket so that he can easily score. Still, Burns plays fewer than 27 minutes per game, sometimes due to foul trouble or pace, so the Wolfpack will deploy 6-foot-10 junior forward Ben Middlebrooks in limited minutes.

N.C. State Full Roster

GuardD.J. Horne
GuardJayden Taylor
GuardKam Woods
GuardM.J. Rice
GuardL.J. Thomas
GuardBreon Pass
GuardDennis Parker Jr.
GuardMichael O'Connell
GuardK.J. Keatts
GuardCasey Morsell
GuardAlex Nunnally
GuardJordan Snell
ForwardMohamed Diarra
ForwardErnest Ross
Forward D.J. Burns Jr.
ForwardBen Middlebrooks

N.C. State Starting Five FAQ

Who Is N.C. State’s Head Coach?

N.C. State’s head coach is Kevin Keatts. Keatts has been the head coach of the Wolfpack since the 2017-18 season and has made it to two NCAA Tournaments in that stretch. However, he has not won a tournament game yet.

Who Is N.C. State’s Starting Point Guard?

D.J. Horne starts at the point guard position for the N.C. State Wolfpack. As the man who leads the team in points per game, steals per game, and three-point percentage, Horne is the engine that makes the Wolfpack go.

Who Is N.C. State’s Best Player?

The best player on N.C. State is their starting point guard: D.J. Horne. In addition to leading the team in points and three-point shooting, he is also one of the best perimeter defenders on this team, recording nearly two steals per game.

North Carolina Sports Betting Update

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