Sunday, October 11, 2009

Harrow and Leslie Team Up to Dominate at Elite 80

Ryan Harrow (2010 NC State commit, PG) and CJ Leslie (2010 NC State recruit, SF/PF) are two players that, when they get going, are nearly impossible to stop. Put them together on the same team, and things can get downright silly. That was the case on Saturday morning as the two teamed up at the Elite 80 Showcase in Wilson, North Carolina.

Many of the top players in North Carolina were on hand to compete in the event that was sponsored by SLAM Magazine and HoopMixTape. Reggie Bullock, PJ Hairston, CJ Leslie, Dezmie Wells were all on hand along with Ryan Harrow who made the trip from Georgia to compete. The event was filled with media from all over the nation, as well as a few college coaches.

The first match-up got the showcase started off with a bang. Harrow and Leslie teamed up against two UNC commits in Reggie Bullock and PJ Hairston in what turned out to be a complete blowout. Harrow carved up whatever the defense threw at him, with an array of ankle buckling crossovers, acrobatic finishes and mind blowing passes, most of which ended up in CJ Leslie throwing down with authority. When the smoke cleared Harrow and Leslie had put a 30 point beat down on the opponents. The chemistry between Harrow and Leslie seemed to be clicking on all cylinders as pick and rolls and no look ally-oops were taking place at an alarming rate.

"We feed of each other real well. We both like playing with each other and we get along real good. We talk to each other a lot outside of basketball so I think it just carries over to the floor. I think it would be fun to play together in college." said Harrow when asked how he like playing with an elite player such as Leslie.

The 6'0 point guard has been working on getting top recruits to follow him to NC State since the day he committed, and isn't stopping until the 2010 class is full. The Wolfpack recently picked up a gigantic commitment when 2010 highly touted PF, Luke Cothron, verballed to Coach Sidney Lowe earlier in the week. Now, the staff's focus turns to Leslie, who at one time had committed to NC State only to pull his commitment last season. The question for Pack fans has become, 'where would CJ slot in with the addition of Cothron at PF?' That question seemed to be answered on Saturday morning when Leslie was matched up against UNC commit and #2 SG in the land, Reggie Bullock. Leslie was magnificent on defense, locking down Bullock and rarely allowing him to get to the lane. When he did get by CJ, the athletic Leslie was able to recover and either block or alter his shot. Bullock was held to under 10 points, with most of his offense coming off jump shots. This should open a lot of eyes for those who questioned Leslie's versatility. We also have seen CJ shut down LaQuinton Ross, a top SG in the class of 2011 at the Bob Gibbons earlier in the summer.

In the second game, Bishop Daniels (Word of God) joined CJ and Ryan for what was a dunk-fest from the opening minute to the final buzzer. Harrow caught an oop from Leslie and then returned the favor with an off the glass pass that CJ hammered down with authority. Numerous scouts on hand were buzzing about Harrow who seemed a bit taller and as athletic as ever. One scout told us, "He might be the best all-around guard in 2010. Seriously, he's that good." SLAM Magazine was on hand and working on a Harrow feature of their own. Even the guys from HoopMixTape were in awe of some of the moves Harrow was pulling off. "He definitely should be top 10. No doubt about it." Said Nils, the owner of HoopMixTape, who travels the nation covering the top prep players in the nation to get highlight footage.

Also on hand was Dezmine Wells (2011 NC State recruit), a big time combo guard who is starting to get the nations attention. Wells is big, strong, and possesses extreme athleticism that has college coaches beginning to line-up at his door. Wells was very impressive in the only game we got to see him play yesterday. We've seen Wells before and are very high on his potential, but on Saturday he showed a new wrinkle to his game. An accurate jumper that was keeping the defense honest. If Wells can keep improving his stroke, he will quickly move up the ranks. He finishes with crushing dunks and rebounds very good for a guy his size. We got to catch up with Dezmine after the showcase and will have the interview up later in the week.

We will have video up later tonight (or early tomorrow). We'll also be getting you interviews with Dezmine Wells and Ryan Harrow talking more about the Luke Cothron signing and playing alongside CJ Leslie.


28 Responses to "Harrow and Leslie Team Up to Dominate at Elite 80"
  1. OttoWOLFPACK said...
    October 11, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    This is absolutely awesome. Keep it up WPH!

  2. Shak said...
    October 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    nice work WPH...I was really hoping to see those videos today

  3. KarNCSU said...
    October 11, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    im seriously drooling right now...I wish I was able to hit up Wilson yesterday. It's on the way home on top of that. If only I didn't have a test to study for..Im really looking forward to the Harrow highlights!

  4. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    We're working as hard as we can to get those out to you today. stay tuned.

  5. NCStateGlory said...
    October 11, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Not taking anything way from the other big BIG recruits we've been blessed to get over the last few years I really have a feeling that Ryan Harrow is going to be a complete Program changer. . . specially to a historically proud program that has had a tough run here lately.

    Go Pack

  6. Slick said...
    October 11, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    I had no clue that Bullock and Hairston were on the team they played first. That's how dominant Ryan and CJ were. It looked like varsity vs. jr varsity.

  7. j.sol said...
    October 11, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    that quote from ryan about how awesome it would be to play together with cj in college says it all. our squad would drive coaches all over the country nuts. i really hope he seals his commitment back up real soon. all signs point to "yes".

  8. glock said...
    October 11, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    It's been a pretty good week with a commitment from luke and ryan's performance yesterday. I especially loved hearing how they destroyed the future tar heels. I'm excited about the future of our basketball program but if we could land cj the possibilities would be endless. I still think we are a little short in the sf position we have shooters but with a 6'8 versitile sf you have an advantage over many teams cj could fill that role perfect. He could add length, athleticism, and quickness along with rebounding and shot blocking. I'm excited that he and ryan are bonding and I love hearing them throwing allies to each other. Maybe ryan's performance against the carolina recruits is exactly what he needed to make a push for the Mcdonald's game.

  9. Matthew said...
    October 11, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    That's the second time I have heard a scout say that Ryan is the most complete guard in the class. We have all known that he is probably top 2 or 3 in the class for a while now but to hear an outsider say it is pretty big.

    It would be misguided for Leslie to go somewhere other than State. Why would you go somewhere else??

    Brown, Harrow, Cothron, and Leslie would be AMAZING!

  10. Slick said...
    October 11, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    I spoke to someone yesterday at the event about CJ going to state and they said don't worry he's coming.

    I still will not believe it till I see it.

  11. Anonymous said...
    October 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    lets get them vids up!!!!

  12. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 11, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    All of you guys were at the Showcase and didn't stop by to say hi??

    Just kidding, but it was nice to meet the few that we did get to meet!

  13. Anonymous said...
    October 11, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    yea it would be nice to have cj
    but doesn't anyone think 5 pf's would be a log jam at that position.
    i would think some recruits would be upset that sid over recruited them i would hate to have to go threw that again

    go pack steve

  14. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 11, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    The staff is recruiting Leslie as a Small Forward and see Cothron as a Power Forward.

  15. Anonymous said...
    October 11, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    In addition to the possibility of CJ playing SF, you also have to take into account that we don't have a true center (except JV), so Smith and Painter or another PF will be getting a lot of time there. I don't think there'll be a log jam for the big guys. Plus, we'll have a very young front-court lineup in '10/'11, Tracy will be our only Sr/Jr.

  16. Pack Leader said...
    October 11, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    CJ has the skill set to beable to run at the 3. And in all honesty, dont expect CJ to be in school more than a year or two in my opinion...

    Anon- With the style of play Sid is hoping to beable to run next year and years following, having a true/big back to the basketball Center doesnt fit into the scheme. Painter is 6'9" and can handle the big men but still athletic enough to run up and down, same with Smith and Howell. I like the idea of three +6'8" men on the floor, all who can run up and down and beable to push the rock. Remember with Ryan and Lorenzo on the floor handling the ball wont be a problem. Having watched CJ guard Reggie Bullock, I know am a 100% believer in his ability at SF. IF we are lucky enough to land CJ, expect a fast high flying team...

  17. Nate-dogg said...
    October 11, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    I was there with my 2 year old son so I didn't get a chance to say hello. I was really amazed by Ryan. He was playing at a different speed than anyone else on the court. He'd be in position to feed a spot and have to wait for his man to get there. Fun to watch though cause he'd show off his dribbling while he waited.

    CJ was the most dominant physical presence on the court. The other team (first game) didn't have anybody big enough to challenge him. He did tend to just bull through folks a lot.

    Didn't notice Bullock, but Hairston is going to be good.

    My 2 cents.

  18. Alum02 said...
    October 11, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    So CJ spends his one year at NC State and Quincy Miller fills his shoes the next year. I could live with that.

  19. meluvmesumpak said...
    October 11, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Glad to see that Ryan and CJ got to play together and allow CJ to see what type of player he would be playing with and how they could dominate together. I'm sure they'll get together plenty more since Ryans brother-in-law is CJ's coach. Ryan could be the ace we need to land CJ.

    Go get 'em Ryan!!

    Just got chill bumps thinking about what a super class it would be if Sid could add CJ. The mismatches Sid could create....hum!

  20. Anonymous said...
    October 11, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    If C.J. joined our '10 class, that would be AMAZING, one of the best classes the nation has seen in a while (well, last year's Kentucky's class was impressive... but they're stacked at SF with good '09&10 recruits).

    ...but in the meantime, I'll enjoy the recent commitment of Luke, joining Ryan and Lorenzo in an already-GREAT '10 class. Recruiting is rolling!

  21. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 12, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Video is on the way. It's uploading as we speak, but it's in HD so it could take a while.

  22. Anonymous said...
    October 12, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    I arrived at the event about 30 or40 min. early and was in the stands scanning the court trying to catch a glimpse of Ryan.I have never seen him in person but thought that I would recognize him from the videos I had seen here on WPH when suddenly there was a young man standing in front of me hand outstrethed thanking me for coming.He introduced himself as Ryan.This is truly a class young man that showes great maturity and terrific upbringing.I was blown away that he would come up in the stands to thank me for coming.I of course thanked him for choosing the wolfpack and told him we were greatly looking forward to him coming,to which he again replied " thank you ".This is most definitely the kind of student athlete that we want representing this university ,and oh,this young man can flat out play!!!!
    Sorry to post anonymously ,

  23. Anonymous said...
    October 12, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    How long is a while? Is it close or another hour away?

  24. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 12, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Its uploaded. Just has to finish processing. Soon folks...very soon.

  25. SKCOACHD1 said...
    October 12, 2009 at 7:31 PM


    Coach Randee F. SK-15U

  26. Anonymous said...
    October 13, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Thanks Coach, we all look forward to to his arrival!

  27. Slick said...
    October 14, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    When will you have the interviews with Ryan and Dez up?

    Did you get one with CJ?

  28. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Interviews with Ryan and Dez will be up on Friday. Sorry for the delay. More will be explained about this tomorrow. Thanks.


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