College Basketball

Leslie: Heels expect to land Harrison Barnes

Posted November 11, 2009
Updated November 12, 2009

Word of God forward C.J. Leslie, one of the top senior basketball players in the country, said North Carolina has stopped recruiting because the Tar Heels expect to land top prospect Harrison Barnes.

Barnes, a 6-foot-6 forward from Ames, Iowa, will make his announcement on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Ames High School gymnasium. He has cut his list to six schools, including Duke and UNC.

The Blue Devils were believed to be the leaders but Carolina has pushed hard in recent weeks. The Tar Heels brought him to the alumni game in September, and coach Roy Williams visited Barnes one night in Ames right after Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had visited.

Leslie said UNC “just recently pulled out” on recruiting him.

“I think they’re planning to get him,” Leslie said of Barnes. “I think he’s going to go there. I think if they don’t get Harrison, they’ll be back on me.”

Leslie had committed to N.C. State but reconsidered. He said he is now looking at Kentucky, Florida, Oregon, Georgetown, Arizona and NCSU, among others. He said he does not have a timetable for making a decision.

"I have no favorites," he said.

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  • 1993 Tarheel Nov 13, 2009

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    Will you ever learn to just wait and find out?????

  • quit27330 Nov 12, 2009

    if the heels gets barnes that would be great, but if we don't thats fine also because we have got some great players already..........GO HEELS!!!!!!!!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 12, 2009

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    You're still looking at this like the day after it happened. At that time, I was sure he was lost. A lot has changed since he re-opened his commitment. Now I'm about 80-90% sure he's coming to State once again. Actually, I think he doesn't know for sure where he's going yet, but I feel like he's most likely leaning toward NC State.

    When you look at all the "evidence", people that want CJL at State HAVE to be happy with our chances now.

    1) RH and CJL are buddies now, and CJL likes playing with him.

    2) NC State HAS to be more appealing to recruits now with all the talent we have, and the talent coming in 2010.

    3) CJL skipped out on Kentucky's midnight madness, and didn't even make it there that entire weekend.

    4) CJL had a trip to Florida scheduled for November 6th, and didn't make it. (I'm positive I read that somewhere...)

    5) CJL has very recently stated that he has no leaders in his recruitment. An optimist (like me) takes that as a way of letting his previous leader (Kentucky most likely) down gently.

    6) Rumor has it that CJL was seen hanging around current NC State basketball players over Fall break.

    7) CJL was present when Ryan Harrow signed his LOI. Ryan seems to feel pretty strongly that CJL will choose NC State.

    I usually don't like to get my hopes up for something like this, but there's just so much smoke. There HAS to be a fire! :)

    All I know is if I was a Kentucky fan, I'd be REALLY nervous right now about Kentucky's prospects for landing CJL.

  • thewolfman1978 Nov 12, 2009

    CJ is going to UK and Barnes is going to Duke. I know both of their coaches personally.

  • judburnette3 Nov 12, 2009

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    You seem pretty confident he is going to State, even though he committed to State then as reconsidered and is looking at a lot of better basketball schools. Not a good sign when they reconsider their committments.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 12, 2009

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    I'd like to know your source on this. From what I understand, grades were NEVER an issue with Lorenzo Brown. He failed to qualify because he transferred high schools in Georgia, and lost some credits in the process. At the end, he was just short on credits, but not because of grades.

    State appealed that because apparently, Georgia has some different rules or something. In most other states, Lo would have qualified anyway. Just not in Georgia.

    That's my understanding about what happened.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 12, 2009

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    Lady, all we have to do is smack Carolina in the mouth a few times and they will remember there is a rivalry. We've stunk so long, everyone has forgotten about it. And I don't blame them. When you lose 15 in a row to a "rival" (or however many it is), it's hard to take them seriously as a rival.

    Which makes me wonder how Duke is still a rival to Carolina in football. They've lost 19 out of the last 20 meetings. At least State and Carolina are pretty much even over the last 25 years in football.

  • jwcarter3 Nov 12, 2009

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    UNC not recruiting CJ Leslie, is like you said, not related to the Barnes recruitment in my eyes. I think it has more to do with Leslie being a Word of God product, and Roy's hesitant to go after him. There are a lot of questions about fishy academic records over there.

    From what I've heard about Roscoe is that Duke will not offer until after the Barnes decision. Barnes has made it clear he does not want to play with Roscoe Smith, due to them both playing the same position.

  • SouthernJet Nov 12, 2009

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    Brown to State is a still a BIG if. I hear grades may still be a issue. Lets hope it works out for him. Any grade issues and he can legally go to NBA after his Hargrave year.
    CJL would be a good get for State, but its pretty obvious from his quotes that if Barnes does not go to UNC, CJL will jump at UNC offer that would be coming ASAP.

  • ericsgrowing Nov 12, 2009

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    I am sure he used it as a recruiting tool, but wow man... I don't think he used that angle.

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