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NC State's Leslie to return next season

Posted April 18, 2012
Updated April 19, 2012

— North Carolina State forward Calvin Leslie will return to the Wolfpack for his junior season, he confirmed Wednesday.

"I still haven't reached the goals I wanted to reach," Leslie said Wednesday. "That's why I came back for another year. We started a good thing last year, I thought we might as well finish it."

The 6-foot-8 Leslie led NC State with 14.7 points per game while adding 7.3 rebounds per game in his sophomore year, picking up eight double-doubles along the way. NC State staves off Miami 77-73 Our lens on CJ Leslie

Leslie requested a report from the NBA's underclassmen advisory committee in early April seeking estimates on where could be selected in the NBA draft. Head coach Mark Gottfried said at the time that he would let Leslie make the decision with his family and would not try to recruit him to stay.

Leslie said that he never actually read the NBA report and was leaning towards staying from very early on in the process.

Calvin Leslie Video: CJ Leslie announces return to NC State

The Holly Springs native averaged 16.5 points per game for the Wolfpack in the ACC and NCAA tournaments as NC State reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005 before falling to Kansas. He thinks next year's team has the potential to do even better.

"We're not planning on losing in anything," Leslie said. "We're gonna go out and try and win it all."

Leslie said that as part of his unreached goals, he needs to improve as a vocal leader and an on-court leader.

"I think I can improve on everything, what I did good and what I didn't do so well," Leslie said. "I have to step up and take on that role (as a leader). I think I am ready to take the team on my back."

NC State got confirmation from guard Lorenzo Brown a few weeks ago that he too would return for the Wolfpack. Leslie and Brown shared team MVP honors at the team banquet. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

Leslie was also a contributor as a freshman averaging 11 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Leslie’s announcement to return comes one week after the Wolfpack learned they would be losing forward DeShawn Painter and reserve guard Jaqwan Raymond, who each requested and were granted, their release from the program.

"DeShawn made the best decision for him and I wish him luck," Leslie said. "I played no part in his decision and he played no part in my decision."

NC State is also losing point guard CJ Williams and guard Alex Johnson next season to graduation.

NC State will get 7-foot-1 redshirt junior Jordan Vandenberg, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, back next season in a front-court that will include Leslie and Richard Howell. NC State will also bring in a recruiting class that has commitments from forward TJ Warren and guards Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis.

Leslie said that he considers Purvis a "little brother" and received nightly texts from the incoming freshman asking him to stay.

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  • yactfirst Apr 20, 9:50 p.m.

    As a State fan and alum, I am glad to see the Pack returning to the top in basketball. That... View More

    — Posted by Luv2Camp

    Where is your proof or link that Kentucky does not care about academics. Have you seen the... View More

    — Posted by yactfirst

    John Wall was one and done. You just had the Kentucky starting 5 (3 freshmen and 2 sophomores)... View More

    — Posted by Luv2Camp

    Good you chose JW. Case to point You do not even know JW. If you did you or if you were to check into his grades while he was there you would see that he made the deans list. Also if you were to check in to his plans for finishing his education you would find that he is working towards that as well. Jw was predicted to be the nubmer one pick. He would have been crazy to turn that down. He can always go back to school and he made a promise to finish his education and graduate. 1st in the draft is a once in a life time and you can not just do that anytime.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 20, 7:00 p.m.

    Ever seen a badger do the happy dance?

    WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!

    GO PACK!!!!

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    No, but your avatar has a sh!t eating grin on its face:)

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Yes he does!

    (Even moreso than usual!)

    :)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 20, 6:58 p.m.

    As long as the car payments and apartment rent is being taken care of.......why not stay?

    Roy is... View More

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    Car payments??? Someone loaned him a car for a week while his was in the shop for repairs. So now it has morphed to car payments???

    Silly little misguided tarhole.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 20, 6:52 p.m.

    Ever seen a badger do the happy dance?

    WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!

    GO PACK!!!!

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    But you told us just a week or so ago that it means nothing until the 29th....

    — Posted by heelsforever

    If you want to believe he's going to announce this after all the waiting, and then change his mind by the 29th, well you just go ahead on and believe it.

    I still say there's a chance McAdoo could still jump. He's projected MUCH higher than Calvin was. Those dollar signs are bouncing around inside his head.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 20, 6:27 p.m.

    Hey Badger, wasn't there a Avatar bet on this decision? Seems like someone is supposed to be... View More

    — Posted by 78FJ40

    We never could agree on terms. Lucky for the nutz! :)

  • Coastal Native Apr 20, 10:11 a.m.

    This just in... The entire Basketball Season is over next year. CJ Leslie returns to school and there is no reason to even play. NC State has proclaimed they are the ACC Champion and ACC Tournament Champion. They have even gone on to win the NCAA Title for 2013. Also you will no longer have to trot that 1983 team out and give them an award because you haven't done Squat since. There that ends the thread. State Fans all worked up as usual.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 19, 8:34 p.m.

    lol All the hate from UNC fans shows just one thing : fear.

    — Posted by tann84

    +1

    This should have ended the thread. This post is all that needed to be said!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 19, 7:58 p.m.

    Oh yeah, here we go. State fans will be coming out of the wood works now since they know... View More

    — Posted by cmbissette

    First of all, you won't be giving it to us when we win. We will be TAKING it from you.

    Secondly, keep on clinging to that winning streak that you know is coming to halt. It was a great run. Enjoy it. It ends. NOW.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Apr 19, 7:56 p.m.

    WOOOOOOO-HOOOOOO, great birthday present for me..GO PACK!!!!!!!!!!!! OH WE BACK!!!

    — Posted by Lars Marson

    Now you have no excuses

    — Posted by americaneel

    We still have those blue-loving ACC refs to deal with. ;)

  • heelsforever Apr 19, 4:47 p.m.

    I'm not a state or UNC fan but one question here, why do all the UNC fans act like they are the... View More

    — Posted by kweb1013

    Most people who follow college basketball know and will admit that UNC is minimum a top 6 school... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Keep smoking the weed, and when you finally sober up maybe you can make some sense

    — Posted by kweb1013

    I don't smoke weed or do any other illegal substances, and rarely drink alcohol. You obviously do not know college basketball if you don't know those 6 programs are historically the most successful in college basketball. They are in terms of NCAA titles, all time wins, All-Americans, Hall of Fame coaches and players, and recent history.

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