C.J. Leslie has had the NBA on his radar ever since arriving at North Carolina State. After considering the draft following both his freshman and sophomore seasons, Leslie has now made the decision to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. This comes on the heels of a junior year in which he averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Leslie and the Wolfpack struggled in comparison to preseason expectations during the 2012-13 season, but his decision to enter the draft now, really comes as no surprise.
Leslie had the potential to be a mid-first round selection and maybe even break the lottery portion of the draft had he made the decision to come out earlier, but now as a junior, Leslie’s stock has dipped a little bit. At 6-foot-9, Leslie is listed as a power forward, but his ability to step out and defend the perimeter really helps. Leslie is not a three-pointer shooter, but he has athleticism to defend the perimeter.
Expect Leslie to hear his name name called in either the early-to-mid portion of the second round.
Draft Projection: Early-to-Mid Second Round
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