North Carolina State Expected to Lose Both C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown to 2013 NBA Draft

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Well, it looks as if North Carolina State will have a much newer look in 2013-14.

According to separate reports from CBSSports.com, both Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie are expected to forgo their senior seasons and declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.

After beginning the 2012-13 season at No. 6 in the preseason AP poll, the Wolfpack vastly disappointed in comparison to those expectations. In addition to losing both Brown and Leslie, North Carolina State will also say goodbye to seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood. Howell had a terrific senior campaign, earning first team All-ACC honors, while Wood has always been considered a dangerous threat from the outside.

Take away the team’s starting point guard (Brown) and most athletic forward (Leslie), Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried will certainly have some work to do next year. Now, N.C. State is expected to return sophomores Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis and T.J. Warren as of now and a solid recruiting class should make the Wolfpack young, but dangerous, especially in the back court.

As for Brown and Leslie, the decisions do not come as much of a surprise, although neither did themselves much favors in terms of their stock for this upcoming June. Leslie made a late decision a year ago to return to Raleigh, but he is projected as a mid-to-late second round pick.

Brown was once considered to be a late lottery-mid first round selection, but his stock also dipped during the 2012-13 season. Brown is labeled as a late first-early second round choice.

 

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