RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State men’s basketball coach Sidney Lowe announced that 2010 McDonald’s All-American C.J. Leslie (Raleigh, N.C.) has signed with the Pack and will join guards Lorenzo Brown (Roswell, Ga.) and Ryan Harrow (Marietta, Ga.) as newcomers for the 2010-11 season. Just last week, Scout.com ranked the Pack’s incoming freshman class No. 5 nationally.
“It is certainly exciting to bring a player with the type of talent and athleticism that C.J. possesses to our program,” said Lowe. “He joins a very good class with Lorenzo and Ryan, and they will certainly be crucial in helping us continue what we have been building here at NC State.”
“C.J. Leslie gives the Pack one of the top collections of talent in the country,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. “Athletically, he has few peers and to stay home and play for the Wolfpack gives Sidney Lowe his biggest haul as a head coach.”
6-8 • 210
Holly Springs, N.C. • Word of God HS
Prep: A McDonald’s All-America selection … A Parade All-America second-team selection … Played three years at Word of God High School in Raleigh … Coached by Erasto Hatchett, fellow signee Ryan Harrow’s brother-in-law … Played at Holly Springs High School as a freshman … Played in the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Classic after his senior season … Went for seven points and a game-high nine rebounds in 17 minutes in the McDonald’s All-American game … Had 19 points and six rebounds in the Jordan Classic … Ranked the 11th-best overall prospect by Scout.com and the No. 4 power forward and a five-star prospect … The No. 14 player nationally and No. 4 power forward according to Rivals.com … Ranked No. 11 on the ESPNU 100 list, and the No. 5 forward.
6-4 • 175
Roswell, Ga. • Hargrave Military Academy (Centennial HS)
Prep: Attended Hargrave Military Academy last year … Originally signed with the Wolfpack in November of 2008 … Finished his high school career at Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga. … Coached by Allen Whitehart … Named A fourth-team Parade All-American after his senior season … Named the Georgia 5A player of the Year … Also a 5A All-State first-team selection … Named Metro Atlanta Player of the Year … Averaged 20.8 points … Team went 25-5 … Lost in the second round of the state playoffs … Had 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in his final game … Averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game as a junior … AAU teammate of current NC State rising sophomore Richard Howell … Played in the Charm City Challenge in Baltimore and the Reebok All-American Game in Washington, D.C. after his senior season … In the 2009 class rankings, he was rated the 28th-best overall prospect by Scout.com … Also ranked the No. 8 shooting guard and a five-star prospect … In the 2010 class rankings, he was No. 36 nationally and the No. 7 shooting guard by Rivals.com.
5-11 • 155
Marietta, Ga. • Walton HS
Prep: A Parade All-America third-team selection … Played at Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. … Coached by Joe Goydish … Named the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior … Was the Georgia 5A Player of the Year … Named Mr. Cobb County Basketball as well … Finished with over 2,000 career points in just three years at Walton … Averaged a county-high 31.4 points as a senior … Also named Georgia 5A All-State first-team selection and Mr. Cobb County Basketball as a junior … Averaged 27.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.1 steals as a junior … Team went 19-11 and lost in the second round of the state playoffs … Averaged 31.0 points in those two games … Played part of his sophomore season at Concord (NC) Cannon School … Was leading the team with 16 points and five assists a game, before transferring back to Walton High School … After his senior season, played in the Derby Festival Classic and the Capital Classic … Played in the Adidas Nations Tournament in France in the summer of 2009 … Ranked the 25th-best overall prospect by Scout.com and the No. 8 point guard and a five-star prospect … The No. 19 player nationally and No. 7 point guard according to Rivals.com … Ranked No. 39 on the ESPNU 100 list.