VAUGHT: 1-on-1 with CJ Leslie

C.J. Leslie won't be making his college announcement while he's in New York for Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic.

C.J. Leslie won't be making his college announcement while he's in New York for Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic.

Guards Josh Selby and Doran Lamb — both Kentucky and Kansas targets — will make their choices known during a first-half timeout of the game that will be shown on ESPN2 starting at 8 p.m.

Leslie, a forward who played at the Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C. where John Wall played, originally was going to announce whether he would attend Kentucky, Florida or North Carolina State after the all-star game. Now he says he won't make a choice until sometime after he makes an official visit to Florida.

Leslie is a talented defender at 6-8 and has a solid low-post offense to go with highlight reel dunking ability

"I'm looking forward to playing in the game. I have played here in New York before and there's nothing like it," said Leslie Thursday. "It's not that hard to play in these all-star games and not worry about recruiting. You just focus on the game."

He says he's not leaning to any school — he originally committed to N.C. State before re-opening his recruitment — but he made it clear what he likes about Kentucky.

"They have got a great coach. Cal is super and gets players prepared for the next level and makes great college players out of them," Leslie said. "But that's not the only part about picking a school. It still has to be a good fit. I think I can go in and contribute anywhere. My talent speaks for itself. It's about finding where I fit best."

Wall has indicated that he expects Leslie to follow him to Kentucky.

"That's just John Wall talking," Leslie said during media day time at the Jordan Brand Classic. "We are good friends. He's one of my buddies away from basketball, too. It does influence me a little bit that he had such a good year there, but I also have to make sure I look at what is best for me. We talked a lot about that earlier in the year, but lately we have just been talking about outside stuff and not recruiting. He won't pressure me.

"I did enjoy watching him play this year. He got a lot better since high school and did a great job for Kentucky."

Leslie says he's ready to get recruiting "over with" but he understands he shouldn't rush his choice.

"I am looking forward to having a good time here in New York, make my visit and then make my choice," he said.

He hopes to showcase his skills on ESPN2 Saturday night, too.

"I can do a little bit of everything. I am real athletic and just like to do all and playing with all these great players is a chance to show what you can do," Leslie said. "I've always dreamed one day of playing in the NBA, so this kind of shows me what that will eventually be like."

Of course, Kentucky is probably losing five players off its team to the NBA — as well as three seniors.

"It could be a good thing for the next players because it leaves it wide open for playing time, but it could be a bad thing if coach Cal does not get good players," Leslie said. "But he's already got Brandon Knight and he'll get more good ones, too."

Like him?

"Brandon is trying. I've already talked to him a couple of times about it, so we'll see what happens," Leslie said.


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