The J.L. Mann High standout had a storybook freshman season this year. He came out of the gate strong leading his team in scoring and on a deep run into the AAA playoffs. The season may have flown by in his eyes but when the dust settled Leonard made the all-state team as a freshman. Leonard had this to say about it when he found out the news. "Yes I was surprised that I made the all-state team. I was excited that I made the team though."
A terrific perimeter shooter, Leonard shot himself into the record books and onto the all-state team. Teams ran intricate defenses such as a box and one against the 2011 prospect but he remained unfazed and continued to help lead his Patriots squad to big wins.
Leonard says he'll be working on many aspects of his game this offseason. "I want to work really hard on my defense and my midrange game." Playing AAU ball with the Carolina Cougars Leonard and his traveling team made the trip up to Hampton, VA this past weekend to compete in the always ultracompetitive Boo Williams Invitational Tournament. The Cougars faced a number of top teams including the South Carolina based South Carolina Ravens. They also faced the Georgia Stars and Baltimore Stars.
Leonard apparently found the new Boo Williams Sportsplex to his liking after torching one opponent with a huge performance. The word spread through the complex and scouts and coaches all made sure to keep tabs on the 2011 prospect. "We did alright. We could have done better. I had one game where I hit for 36 points and made seven 3-pointers. We will go to our next tournament in Mississippi."
Having made such a big mark on the recruiting radar early on in his high school career colleges have already started to make sure Leonard knows of their sincere interest in his talents. In-state programs Clemson and South Carolina have made early contact and will undoubted continue to recruit him heavily in hopes of keeping him in the state. Clemson will get a visit from Leonard but as of now that will probably be his lone visit this offseason with a hectic AAU schedule.
Leonard says a few new schools have been sending him a good bit of mail lately. "I've been hearing from Stanford here lately." One school in particular made the super freshman smile ear to ear though. "I got mail from North Carolina a few weeks ago." Leonard makes no bones about it. North Carolina is the school he's always dreamed of playing for one day. With 3 more years to develop and continue to hone his skills it wouldn't surprise us if Leonard traded his light blue J.L. Mann Patriots uniform for that of North Carolina blue possibly on down the road.