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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.
School: NC State
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  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  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  that he quickly deleted.
Video: Via the ACC, here are Leslie’s official highlights from his time with the Wolfpack .
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 Scout.com lists: http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=8&c=1&nid=2896429
 NBAdraft.net notes: http://www.nbadraft.net/players/cj-leslie
 a few homophobic tweets: http://www.backingthepack.com/2011/5/10/2164830/john-amaechi-slams-cj-leslie-and-nc-states-graduation-rate
 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
 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
 Leslie’s official highlights from his time with the Wolfpack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EJ-J1wDkDA
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