Despite a last-place standing in the ACC, N.C. State athletic director Lee Fowler said he has been impressed with the Wolfpack's work ethic and attitude in coach Sidney Lowe's fourth season.
"We're disappointed to be 2-8," Fowler said Friday. "We want to be 8-2, but we're encouraged by how this group is playing and the group of players we're adding next season."
Fowler, who hired Lowe in April 2006 after a lengthy search process, added that Lowe will be the Wolfpack's coach next season.
"He's our coach, and he deserves a chance," Fowler said. "He knows he has to turn it around and play at the top of the league."
Lowe, whose coaching record is 65-57 overall and 17-41 in the ACC, has signed guards Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown to join the program next fall. Forward C.J. Leslie, a Raleigh product who was named to the McDonald's All-American team on Thursday, could also join the class.