Leslie ‘Impressed' with ASU Visit

It was undoubtedly quite the statement when five-star 2010 prospect C.J. Leslie decided to make a cross-country trip at his expense to visit the Sun Devils. Following his Tempe trip, it appears that it was time well spent for the power forward who is now seriously considering Arizona State.

"I very impressed by the visit," said the 6-8 185 C.J. Leslie. "I got to know the campus better and see things that I didn't know where there. I sat and talked a lot to the coaches, players and other people in the athletic department like the academic support people, the nutritionist and others."

One of the highlights of the Raleigh, NC forward was visiting Arizona State's brand new basketball facility – the Weatherup center.

"The new practice facility is amazing," Leslie stated. "It was very impressive. There was a lot of new technology in there and stuff I had never seen before. It was off the chart and very unique compared to other schools I've seen."

The forward was accompanied by his mother, who took her first ever recruiting trip. According to Leslie, she was just as taken back as her son with the weekend visit.

"She was definitely impressed with everything," Leslie commented. "This was the first school that she's seen and she was amazed. She really likes Coach Sendek and she really focused on how down to earth and comfortable the staff is with each other, cracking jokes and stuff.

"She just really loved the love they have for each other."

Leslie added that the down to earth approach is something that he has noticed in general during his recruitment process with the maroon and gold.

The forward originally committed to NC State, but decided to re-open his recruitment this past March. Ranked by Scout.com as the No. 4 power forward in the 2010 class and the No. 12 prospect overall, he naturally has received strong attention from virtually the entire ACC conference, as well as Florida, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan State, Tennessee among others.

Thus, the fact that ASU is now mentioned in the recruitment conversation of this blue chipper is quite the statement for the Sun Devil program.

When asked if this unofficial trip is an indicator of his strong level of interest in ASU, Leslie said: "It is…I really wanted to take a trip anyway before summer started. Coach Sendek told me about the basketball camp and said that I could see a lot of the facilities while I was out here, so we decided to come."

Most of Leslie's suitors are located much closer than the Sun Devils are, but even before this trip the forward has been very open to be playing in a program that will suit him regardless of distance.

"My mother and I are on the same page as that," he said. "It's not an issue because if you want to get to the next level you'll be playing away from home anyway. So my mother is over that."

Leslie is considered an explosive player who has a solid jump shot and plays well facing the basket. Over the weekend, he talked to ASU's senior point guard Derek Glasser about the team and their style of play.

"I really liked Glasser," Leslie acknowledged. "I spoke a lot to him about how Coach Sendek runs the team and he says there is pretty much no downside. I like his style of play and I can definitely see myself fitting into that style of play."

Leslie is expected to make a decision much closer to the November signing date, and plans to take official visits to selected schools in the fall. Granted, he has several powerhouse college basketball teams recruiting him. Yet, at a program such as ASU he could have a chance to create a legacy playing for a team on the rise; much like James Harden did for the last two seasons in Tempe.

Will that aspect be part of his thought process?

"I can't say that it is or it isn't," Leslie said, "but it is something I've thought about."

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