March 10

S2 Ep24 – Cam Bennerman & the ACC Tournament


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Check out Cam’s website here and learn more about his book “The Process” which I can’t wait to read.

Follow Cam on Twitter – Here @cambennerman
Follow Cam on Instagram – Here @Cam_Bennerman

[Intro: Welcome to another episode of the Red & White Podcast where we give you no holds barred NC State sports talk. We’ll tell you how it is even when others won’t. I’m your host Evan and I’d like to welcome back my co-host Dustin who took a week hiatus.

So Dustin, how’s the wedding planning going?

[Intro 2: This week its tourney week [if we lose, well it was tourney week] so we’re going to try and talk hoops with our special guest Cam Bennerman.

For those who might need a refresher
[Cam Intro] In four years, Bennerman earned ACC “Sixth Man,” ACC All Team honors, Academic All ACC and consecutive Nate McMillan defensive awards. State fans remember Bennerman’s ability to hit deep three-point shots and his explosive athleticism. Personally, how can you not love a guy who flushes a fast break dunk right into Duke’s Sheldon Williams’ face?

don’t remember that one? We’ll post the vid in the note

Welcome to the show Cam. Thanks for joining us, to start, can you tell us about how it feels to posterize someone?

Alright lets get started. I’m gonna start this week off with something that has been bugging the hell out of me.

How the hell do you not vote Cat Barber ALL ACC first team? 6 voters didn’t have cat on the first team. The votes should be public so we can see if there is an agenda. OK, i get why some didn’t vote for him for player of the year but to not have him on your first team is just stupid.

– There needs to be a detailed explanation of why someone votes a certain way. Make them justify leaving players off if it seems obvious they shouldn’t have. In no world was he not deserving.

Speaking of player of the year, how does Cat only get 3 votes? Erick Green and Cat had nearly identical seasons but Cat gets 3 votes? I don’t get it at all.

– If someone voted Green POY and didn’t do the same for Cat then they should be stripped of their vote. There has to be some consistency in the way one votes. It shouldn’t change from year to year. You should always have the same set of standards.

Dustin – talk about Abu and Cat most improved players and not getting votes.

– Abu had a very quiet monster year. It was overshadowed by the poor record as well as Cat’s season-long performance. Offensively and defensively he made huge strides.
– With some more talent around him next season he’s primed to be a star.

We’ll post the stats so folks can see for themselves.

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Cam, what do you think of the season Cat had?

– Would you have voted him POY?

Last week I talked about Gott’s comments about Cat, did ya’ll hear that? Dustin can you play the clip… Starts at the 7:07

As it happens, Cat already announced he’d be going through the NBA evaluation process which doesn’t mean too much other than he wants to see where he might go but I still think there is no reason for anyone to expect Cat to return. What if he has a Marcus Paige type year, he goes from at worst a 2nd round pick to who knows where.

– The draft next season is also setup to be a bit deeper. He’d get better with another year but this is the year.

I think he’s a scoring point guard and having to share the shots with DSJ, Dorn, Henderson is probably not going to help his numbers any. He’s got to go.

What do ya’ll think? Will Cat make it in the NBA?

E – So when we were talking before we started recording you mentioned you were writing a book, care to tell us what thats about or is it top secret?
Book “The Process”

How he can help Cat
Basketball industry is shady
Cam playing JJ at age 10

E – I think its a common perception among college basketball fans that AAU basketball is about as shady of a business as there is. Teams recruiting players for their AAU squads, shoe companies ‘sponsoring’ those teams and we’ve all heard the stories of highly recruited kids getting shoe money to go a certain school. How much of it is reality?

We’ll take a quick break to pay the bills and be right back to talk about the ACCt. Hopefully Cam will stick around with us.


Win over Wake
– Was ugly but a W. I feel pretty good about playing Wake anywhere outside of Winston-Salem
– Rowan was hot and exactly what Cat needed, some support
– Freeman really struggling with his leg but give the kid some credit he’s still out there giving minutes and playing solid defense

Duke Game
– First half, Cat looked in control, Abu looked solid
– 53-50 at half!

– Defense was a problem as it was all season. Wide open 3’s are never good but are really harmful against Duke.
– This game was a prime example of how a shallow bench comes back to haunt you late in games. At about the 8’ mark you could visually see guys wearing down. Shots got worse and rebounding became almost non-existent.
– Cat’s injury took some fire out of the team when it first happened. Took him a while to get going when he came back in but it seemed to loosen back up after a few minutes. Deficit got to 8 or 9 and between him picking it back up and Greyson Allen being his normal shit ass self we got back in the game.
– Still nothing to be ashamed of in this game (well, maybe the last possession.)
– Another year of Gott getting guys motivated in March. If we could couple that hard play with a good seed to start the tournament we’d be in pretty good shape.


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