NC State alumni team to apply for TBT 2021, reunite last two Sweet 16 teams


By: Gabe Maturo

NC State joins Miami as the second new ACC alumni team of 2021

After a rare disappointing college basketball season in Raleigh, NC State fans have something new to look forward to.

C.J. Williams recently announced on Inside TBT that his team of Wolfpack alumni will be applying for TBT 2021 under the name Wolf Blood.

This team will be sure to bring back some nostalgic memories for college hoops fans.


The roster is lined with names like Cat Barber, Trevor Lacey, Torin Dorn, Richard Howell, Scott Wood, and C.J. Williams.

Over the last 15 years, NC State has made the Sweet Sixteen twice: 2012 and 2015.

On the 2012 team was Scott Wood, Richard Howell, and C.J. Williams. 

That season, Wood averaged 12.4 points per game while shooting nearly 41% from three. 


Howell also chipped in 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

C.J. Williams cracked the starting five and averaged 10.6 points per game for the Wolfpack.

Howell now plays professionally in Israel’s top league and Williams has signed to play in France after coming off a productive season with the Long Island Nets in the NBA G-League.

Cat Barber and Trevor Lacey led the 2015 Wolfpack in their run to the Sweet Sixteen.


Lacey played for the Wisconsin Herd in the NBA G-League last season and has recently signed to play with the Rostock Seawolves in Germany’s top league.

Just a year after the Sweet Sixteen run, Cat Barber started earning a lot of attention in the ACC through his ability to score the rock. He averaged 23.1 points per game and was the leading offensive force for the Wolfpack that year.

Barber also has TBT experience dating back to 2019 with Boo Williams, where he led the team in minutes and scored 14 points and 5 assists in their lone game.


To add on to his TBT experience, Barber most recently played alongside Joe Johnson for Team USA in the FIBA AmeriCup a couple weeks ago.

Rounding out the roster is Torin Dorn.

In 2017, Dorn started alongside NBA star Dennis Smith Jr., where he averaged 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. 


Dorn finished off his NC State Career in 2018 and last played professionally in the 2019-20 season for WKS Slask Wroclaw in Poland’s top league.

After a down year for NC State hoops, seeing their fellow alumni return to TBT this summer will restore a lot of excitement in the fanbase.

Can these former Wolfpack stars combine their experience and make another deep tournament run?