Abdul-Malik Abu is determined to give North Carolina State some help inside after the Wolfpack lost the top player in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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RALEIGH, NC -- Abdul-Malik Abu is determined to give North Carolina State some help inside after the Wolfpack lost the top player in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The freshman power forward has joined a crowd of young big men at N.C. State, which must replace at least some of the production lost when league player of the year T.J. Warren left early for the NBA. Abu could help Mark Gottfried's fourth team find consistent production up front, something the Wolfpack lacked last season during Warren's high-scoring romp through the ACC.

Abu says he expects to find the "best role that's going to get us wins."

Gottfried says Abu will "skyrocket" once he understands the Wolfpack's offense and gets comfortable with how N.C. State wants to play.

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