Thursday, November 12, 2009

CJ Leslie Talks with WPH at Sammy's




WPH: CJ, tell us about the upcoming season. You were a junior and went to the state championship game last season. What are your expectations, and how do you feel you've improved as a leader coming into this year?

CJ: We've definitely improved on a lot. Right now I have one goal and that's to win a state championship. That's my main goal and I'm looking forward to achieving that.

WPH: Talk about your recruitment and how everything has been going with that.

CJ: It's going pretty good. Right now, I'm getting a lot of attention from everybody, but I haven't narrowed my list down. It's still just open to everyone right now.

WPH: I know you've become pretty good friends with Ryan. It's pretty cool for you to come out and support him like this.

CJ: Ryan is like my little brother. He's a very good person. He's cool on and off the court. He's a friend.

WPH: Talk about Coach Hatchett, and what the transition has been like for you.

CJ: Changes are not always easy, but things are going well, I can say that. Coach Hatchett definitely has his way of doing things and right now, as a team, we're looking real good.

WPH: Can you talk about Sidney Lowe and how he's been recruiting you.

CJ: Sid, he's still going pretty hard. He's recruited me as hard as anyone has recruited me. So, right now Sid is still a good dude. I love him off the court and as a coach.

WPH: What's the most important thing for you in your recruitment? You have all these schools coming at you. What is the biggest factor for you?

CJ: To just settle down and just pick the right school for me.

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14 Responses to "CJ Leslie Talks with WPH at Sammy's"
  1. Anonymous said...
    November 12, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    The comments about Lowe are awesome. Definitely makes me feel more confident about our standing with CJ.

  2. Realwolfpacker said...
    November 12, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Sidney Lowe WILL get it done here and sooner than later. We are getting consistent interest from top notch recruits for the first time in decades.

    I think landing CJ would be great. I would love to see him in Red & White. But, if he chooses to go play for cheatapari then I wish him luck. He will not make or break the 2010-2011 NC State Wolfpack. We will be back in the top 10 soon enough....with or without CJ.

    That being said...if you read this CJ.....come run with the good guys big fella.

  3. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    November 12, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    We were able to get a video interview with Jerricho Cotchery. Make sure to check it out on WPP.

  4. glock said...
    November 12, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Look i'm excited about the chances of landing cj again and I think we could probably be the number 1 class of 2010 with his addition. What about what we have, ryan is gonna be huge next year he looks so small in the pictures but when you put a ball in his hands you unleash a beast. Lorenzo is gaining a year of post high experience and will only get better he has a strong frame and lightning speed. And my boy Luke I know everyone may be nervous because he didn't officially sign yesterday but what about his performance last night against oak hill. I have all confidence that he is solid in his commitment and we should see him begin to climb in the rankings soon, I feel we will see him with another star and he may officially sign after he wins mvp in the mcdonald's game.

  5. Eric said...
    November 12, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    glock,

    The point total for Cothron is not telling about what happened. He may have put up over 40, but he did not play any defense, barely made it down the court, took off nearly every play where he didn't get the ball, was not physical (especially against the smaller Doron Lamb and Roscoe Smith...Lamb owned him).

    He did have a better stroke than I had expected...at one point, he hit about 4 three pointers in a row. He also had a pretty 10 footer bank shot over two big defenders.

    I am no Scout/Rivals recuit grader, but I left disappointed in the lack of hustle or effort. He may have put up 40, but he gave up at least 40 on the other end by not getting back (maybe 50% not even attempting to get back...even when Oak Hill went to their half court offense).

    The refs were terrible. Flora's guards were outmanned. Maybe Luke was sick? Don't know, but the effort wasn't there.

    Someone talking to him after the game (dad, step-dad, father figure, friend, whatever) appeared to have on Texas A&M shirt and shorts. Hoping to get another read from someone else who was there...saw several others in Wolfpack gear. Or, possibly if someone else has seen him play?

  6. Hoff said...
    November 12, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    CJ Leslie will be a hometown hero here. I love the excitement surrounding this class for next year.

    I'm hoping that Luke knows that he will still be a STAR here!

    If we can land the 4 of them, there is no doubt we will have the #1 class in the country and the rest of the ACC...and country...will once again fear the Red and White.

    CJ & Luke imagine the possibilities of you two on the court at the same time with ZO & Harrow. MAGICAL!

  7. Anonymous said...
    November 12, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Eric,

    I think that's great material for another website. No reason to talk smack here. I think you're going a bit overboard.

  8. glock said...
    November 12, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    eric, I wasn't there last night so I can't comment on his performance first hand, but I'm a Red Springs local and I met luke and his coach when he first transferred and I watched him play on several occasions last season. I went one particular night to see CJ who was a commit at the time, but luke stole the show. He put a no name school like flora mcdonald on the map and he's gonna put nc state back where they belong. He was ranked 17 by rivals last season and I beleive he will be there again!

  9. meluvmesumpak said...
    November 12, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    IMO, CJL is just waiting to make sure State is going to run this year. I believe that's why he de-committed in the first place. He has to make sure his talents don't go wasted on a team that doesn't run. Once he sees Sid's new up-tempo style and knowing he'll have a pg like Ryan running the show, he'll be ready to announce.

  10. redfred said...
    November 12, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Yeah but, what about CJ Leslie?

    Sorry, wrong thread.

  11. Eric said...
    November 12, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Anon,

    I post under the same name every time, not under anon. I stand by what I saw. The point wasn't to be negative, but to point out to others the facts of what I saw and to put his points/rebs in perspective. I went with two buddies, excited to watch Luke. I left pissed.

    I mention the facts, not to be negative, but to hopefully hear that the performance I saw last night was a fluke, and not the way he plays all the time.

    Glock's comments are encouraging, but I stand by the facts of what I saw and hope that what glock saw was more of the norm.

  12. Anonymous said...
    November 12, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Eric,

    So what you're saying is that Luke put up 42 points and sunk 5 three pointers and did it all without even playing as hard as he usually does.

    Wow, can't wait till he dons the red and white!

  13. Eric said...
    November 12, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    With his play, he could put up 50 and we would lose every game.

  14. glock said...
    November 12, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Eric, before last season no one had ever heard of Flora Mcdonald because their athletics are honestly a joke. They brought in a great coach that found and was able to get Luke. If you played on a team and it felt you had to play against the number 2 team in the nation and you were down 30 at the half you may drag a little to. I understood why there was talks of Luke transferring this season because he deserves a better team but because he stayed makes me believe he stayed committed to coach Bond and he will stay committed to coach Lowe. If you want to question his ability or hustle come down to red springs and we can go watch him play together, but as a team they were simply out matched from the tip last night.

 

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