Rodney Purvis might start for N.C. State in the season-opener on Friday. Or maybe it will be T.J. Warren or Thomas de Thaey.
Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said he hasn't decided on a fifth starter for the opener against Miami (Ohio).
"I'm still debating it," Gottfried said. "I'm not sure it's really that important to me. We'll see tomorrow."
Veterans Lorenzo Brown, Scott Wood, Richard Howell and C.J. Leslie started 29 games together last season and will be on the floor for the opening tip against the RedHawks.
Purvis, a 6-3 freshman guard, logically fits into the spot in the lineup for the departed C.J. Williams. Warren, a 6-8 forward who can play the wing, will be needed to spell Howell and Leslie at forward. Warren started the exhibition game against Belmont Abbey with Howell coming off the bench.
It wasn't until after a December loss at Stanford last season that Gottfried settled on his seven-man rotation. Warren, de Thaey and feshman guard Tyler Lewis are expected to get regular minutes with forward Jordan Vandenberg as the ninth man.
That all could change, and probably will Gottfried said, while the Pack find its footing in nonconference play.
"Your team is going to change probably throughout the year," Gottfried said. "I'm going to learn a lot about our team as we go through these first six or eight or nine games.
"It doesn't always end the way it starts, as far as your year goes."