Leslie Has Second Thoughts

Shortly following his freshman season, C.J. Leslie accepted the N.C. State's Wolpack's offer to lace them up for Sidney Lowe. As of Saturday, the highly regarded junior rescinded his verbal commitment in an effort to open up his process and evaluate options that come his way, including N.C. State.

C.J. Leslie, Scout.com's No. 16 junior, committed to North Carolina State June 22, 2007, following a camp session with Sidney Lowe's Wolfpack. On Saturday, the combo forward told the coach he'd committed too early and rescinded his verbal that afternoon.

"It's something I've been thinking about for a while," Leslie told Scout.com. "It's been on my mind for a while. I kept putting it off and putting it off and finally went ahead and did it."

As is the case with many young players who commit before the midway point of their high school careers, Leslie felt he didn't take enough time with the decision. "It's not that I don't want to go to State, it's more that I want to see my options so that I don't make any mistakes."

The Pack previously owned a commitment from Leslie and another junior from Georgia point guard Ryan Harrow. Leslie said Lowe took the news in stride and said he understood. "He wants me to find the right school for me," Leslie said. When asked if the Pack would still recruit him, Leslie was sure they would continue their pursuit. "Yes, they're definitely going to do that."

A Raleigh native, proximity was driving force behind the initial pledge. The Pack was the first program to recruit him and gave him a great option to stay at home. "The reason I committed was that it was close to home and my mom wanted me to do it. This time I want (the decision) to be on me."

"I think, like when I talk to C.J., he's not saying he's not going to State. What happened is at first when he made his decision he didn't look at all his options. Now he will, with State included," said Word of God coach Levi Beckwith.

C.J. is reportedly running with the Lake Norman Wizards this spring and summer. He took the SAT on Saturday.

"I'm open to everybody," Leslie said.


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