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NC State's C.J. Leslie to enter NBA Draft

Posted April 1, 2013

— North Carolina State University forward C.J. Leslie announced Monday morning that he will forego his final year of eligibility with the Wolfpack and enter his name in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Leslie, a third-team All-ACC selection by the league’s coaches and media, averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Wolfpack in his final season.

"This is where I was born and raised, and I do appreciate being able to come here and play basketball close to my family at a great university," Leslie said in a news conference on N.C. State's campus.

Leslie said he relied heavily on his family and head coach Mark Gottfried to make his decision, adding that he didn't have any regrets about his time in Raleigh. 

"It's just one of those things where you know it's time. It's time to move on," he said. "That's what I feel like in my heart."

Gottfried said he thinks Leslie will be a first round selection in the NBA Draft, which will be held June 27. 

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"I'm proud of Calvin. He has gotten a lot better, and I have enjoyed coaching him," Gottfried said. "I'm sad that he's leaving the program, but I'm excited. He's helped us get to two straight NCAA tournaments and get our program turned in the right direction. There has been a lot of discussion about what guys think of him. There are a lot of people in the NBA that like his future."

Leslie’s decision comes four days after junior guard Lorenzo Brown announced his intention to leave early. With the departure of seniors Scott Wood and Richard Howell, the 2013-14 Wolfpack will break in four new starters in Gottfried’s third season at the helm.

Gottfried's second season ended in disappointment after the team fell short of preseason expectations with a loss to the Temple Owls in the second round of the NCAA tournament. 

N.C. State entered the year as the ACC favorite for the first time since the 1974-75 season, while the No. 6 preseason ranking in the Associated Press poll was the program's highest in 29 years. 

"We did great my sophomore year," Leslie said, speaking of N.C. State's Sweet 16 run at the end of the 2011-12 season. "People might say we didn't do so good this year, but we did better than my sophomore year. More wins. We did a great job."

Gottfried said Leslie has been misread by some during his time with the Wolfpack, adding that he thinks NBA teams will like what Leslie has to offer after getting to know him. 

"He is a great young guy. I look back and remember after the Duke game, and we had a student here in the wheelchair," Gottfried said. "I think people really saw what the guy is all about."

Following N.C. State's upset of Duke Jan. 14, Leslie helped student Will Privette after he was thrown from his wheelchair during a wild on-court celebration.

Leslie closes his time at N.C. State with 1,359 points and 723 rebounds. He played in 99 games in three seasons and averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

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  • VT1994Hokie Apr 2, 2013

    Hinesight is always 20-20. I'll venture to bet that Gott and his coaches have thought about how quickly it ended. Coaches lost focus in discipline vs last year. Just an opinion. I watched how little Wood played defense, and tried to conserve his energy to shoot the ball. I watched how Leslie had mood swings that had an effect on the overall chemistry. Without Howell they would have been way lower in the ACC. And. I still I wonder how Gott didn't give some players more minutes to keep them on board. These guys have to be spotted for just a few minutes. Playing some others vs Leslie would have paid dividends for this team.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 2, 2013

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    The best that I've read on here in regard to CJ Leslie. The truth is known by all if they watched and payed attention.

  • Gr8FunMan Apr 2, 2013

    Forget attitude. Forget individual talent. The key word here is "team". C.J. has plenty of talent, but this year's group theme was "me, me, me". Hopefully this will enable Gott to start with kids who want to be better together than they are separately. Best of luck to C.J. in pros. He will be better off, and so will we.

  • yactfirst Apr 2, 2013

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    I'm sure CJ does not give 2cents about what you think. However if he does give 2 cents you could certainly use it because you do not have any cents or sense. Being angry at that young man is not going to help you at all. Face it. You need to get your own life and quit allow these athletes to occupy all of your thoughts or be your whole life. You sound like a complete loser. Maybe you should let the door hit you on your way out. It might jar some sense into you to get your own life.

  • yactfirst Apr 1, 2013

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    You are confused. Richard Howell is a senior.

  • yactfirst Apr 1, 2013

    Leslie was 1st in points, 2nd in rebounds, 1st in block shots, 4th in steals, 3rd in assist, always double and sometimes triple guarded. There is no way you can take away his stats and State still win. Best wishes Leslie(CJ). You will do well. Stay true to yourself. There are a lot of people including some on this board who are supportive of you and especially your kind heart. It is your life and so it has to be your choice.

  • yactfirst Apr 1, 2013

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    How many have you helped to win? You should go away quickly. Hurry alone now.

  • Notinitforthemoney Apr 1, 2013

    When I think of a pro, I think of hard work and determination. These are two qualities I did not see watching Leslie play. His work on the defensive side of the ball is horrible at times.

  • paulqnn Apr 1, 2013

    All the hype coming in, all the anticipation about this top recruit...I never witnessed anything close to what the expectations were to be for NCSU. Will Leslie get drafted in 1st round? Don't see it.

  • bnelms08 Apr 1, 2013

    million dollar body ten cent mind,don't let the door hit ya on the way out!

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