Bye-Bye, Leslie off The Board

C.J. Leslie beat Terrence Jones to the punch. On Wednesday, Leslie re-committed to the Wolfpack.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack did something that rarely happens. They secured a commitment from a player that at one time was committed but then de-committed. Getting an all-american to commit the first time is hard, landing him a second time is progressively tougher.

C.J. Leslie, one of the nation's best talented players and the No. 12 prospect overall, committed to play for Sidney Lowe's Pack, according to a source.

Leslie trimmed his list to Kentucky, Connecticut and the Pack. He visited UConn last weekend. There's been much speculation about his decision but Leslie, a Word of God standout from nearby Holly Springs, was on State's campus Wednesday afternoon. He committed in the office.

The Pack now owns a stellar recruiting class anchored by Leslie with guard Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow.

"The biggest factor was N.C. State is a school that has a chance to be great," Leslie said. "If all of us come in and play with the other guys and we all do our jobs, we have a chance to be great. We can go far. I think we can win a lot of games."

Leslie is the Pack's highest-rated recruit since J.J. Hickson (No. 13 in 2007). Leslie was named to the McDonald's All-American team this past season.

The Pack's diligence was rewarded. Lowe and his staff were present at the high-profile games involving Leslie this past season and the power forward made numerous unofficial visits to campus.

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