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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: NC State F C.J. Leslie

Posted By Tim Healey On June 22, 2013 @ 8:21 am In General | 1 Comment

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

C.J. Leslie (AP) [1]

C.J. Leslie showed he could score at the college level, but there are concerns that he won’t have near the same success at the next level, partly due to his lanky frame. (AP)


Position: Forward

School: NC State

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 209 pounds

Achievements: All-ACC third team (2013), All-ACC second team (2012), ACC all-freshman team (2011), McDonald’s All-American (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 turnovers, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks

What he brings: If nothing else, Leslie, who wrapped up his junior season in March, is consistent on the offensive end, having scored double digits in 31 of his 35 games in 2012-13. Scout.com lists [2] his explosiveness and speed/quickness among his strengths, both of which factor into his adeptness around the basket and help his ability to finish.

There are some concerns, however, that his size/skill set combination may not smoothly translate to the NBA game. Slimmer than a typical power forward, Leslie averaged only 7.3 rebounds per game in his three years at NC State. But NBAdraft.net notes [3] he played a lot of small forward, and Scout.com credits him with greatly improving his jump shot.

Notes: Coach Mark Gottfried‘s arrival at NC State for Leslie’s sophomore campaign coincided with increased consistency in the lanky forward’s play. … When he played at Word of God High School in Raleigh, N.C., he was teammates with John Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. … Leslie was suspended the first three games of the 2011-12 season for impermissible benefits. … In May 2011, he made news for a few homophobic tweets [4] that he quickly deleted.

Recent articles:

Newsobserver.com: N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie rolls with criticism [5]

Yahoo!: C.J. Leslis suffers minor injury to shooting hand [6]

Video: Via the ACC, here are Leslie’s official highlights from his time with the Wolfpack [7].

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[1] Image: http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Leslie_C.J.-NC-State-3-14-13.jpg

[2] Scout.com lists: http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=8&c=1&nid=2896429

[3] NBAdraft.net notes: http://www.nbadraft.net/players/cj-leslie

[4] a few homophobic tweets: http://www.backingthepack.com/2011/5/10/2164830/john-amaechi-slams-cj-leslie-and-nc-states-graduation-rate

[5] Newsobserver.com: N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie rolls with criticism: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/03/21/2769360/wolfpacks-cj-leslie-rolls-with.html

[6] Yahoo!: C.J. Leslis suffers minor injury to shooting hand: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--n-c--state-s-c-j--leslie-hampered-by-shooting-wrist-injury--will-sit-out-drills-at-nba-draft-combine-155611583.html

[7] Leslie’s official highlights from his time with the Wolfpack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EJ-J1wDkDA

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