Team preview: North Carolina State

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 19, 2004, 5:39 PM ET
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Julius Hodge might be the first player in NCAA Division I history who admitted he didn't turn pro because his mother wouldn't let him.

Hodge said he wanted to take a look at putting his name in the NBA draft over the summer, but his mother, Mary Hodge, reminded him about a promise he made before he arrived at N.C. State. He promised that he wouldn't leave until he had a degree.