Q&A with C.J. Leslie

HAMPTON, Va. --- C.J. Leslie talked to Inside Carolina on Friday at the Boo Williams Invitational. The Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God junior forward discussed his recruitment, UNC's involvement, and John Wall ...

Why did you decide to reopen your recruitment?

I felt like I didn't want to miss on anything in terms of looking at other schools, so I wanted to see what else is out there. … I didn't get a chance to look at other schools and see what they have to offer, so I want to see other schools and make sure I make the right decision.

What were your reasons originally for committing to NC State early?

Well, it's close to home, was one of the reasons, and my mom really liked that school, so mom had a big impact on that.

What did she say when you said you wanted to open it back up?

We talked about it. It took a while, but at the end she realized and starting to come around that it'd be a good idea just to see what else is out there.

Since being close to home was a factor before, does that mean you're still looking locally?

I'm looking all over. I'm not looking to stay at home – if I have to go out, I'll go out.

Is there a particular style of play you're looking at?

Really an up-tempo game, someone who is going to push it up the floor and play a really fast paced game.

Do you have a time frame for when you want to start narrowing in on some schools and take visits?

Yeah, I have to talk to some people … I haven't really started narrowing it down yet.

Am I correct that you've recently been in contact with the coaches at North Carolina?

Yeah, I am.

How long has that relationship been going on?

They first contacted me my ninth grade year, and then I committed that year so they stopped, and now they just started back talking to me.

Do you initiate that contact or did they?

They initiated it with me … They basically said they wanted to establish a relationship and really get to know me. …

Will you initiate further contact or how will that work?

I think it's a mutual thing. I think both parts have to step up, so it goes where it goes. If they contact me and want it to get serious, then I'll talk it over with my parents and it could establish something great.

Recent reports have UNC entering the recruitment of your friend and teammate John Wall. Have you guys talked about that?

Yeah, it came up, but we haven't really talked about it. But I know he likes UNC.

Would that influence your decision at all?

No, not really, but it would be nice if we could go to a school like that. But we haven't really talked about that yet.

How well do you know John?

We're very close friends off the court. We're tight.

What do you think of John's recruitment and how it's been shaken up lately with new schools getting involved?

Definitely the coach leaving Memphis changed a lot with him decision. I think it's a good thing that Carolina did start recruiting him.

You're playing with the D-One team here this weekend and the head of the program, Brian Clifton, came out publicly and said he didn't want his guys going to Carolina…

I'm not familiar with that situation, so no comment.

In terms of your recruitment, does he advise you?

No, not with me.

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