The C.J. Leslie Diary: Intro
Words. C.J. Leslie
Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) star forward C.J. Leslie is the #10-rated prospect in the HSH Top 50. Previously committed to N.C. State, Leslie recently re-opened his recruiting and has opted to wait until the spring to decide on a college. That alone makes his one of the most intriguing stories in the 2010 senior class, and Leslie also happens to be one of its most exciting players.
C.J. has agreed to give HSH exclusive access and chronicle his thoughts in this bi-monthly diary where he’ll talk about everything from his season with Word of God to the recruiting process as he inches closer and closer to a decision.
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What’s up! What’s up! What’s up! It’s your boy C.J. Leslie and I’ve decided to keep my diary here on High School Hoop and Dime to update everyone on what’s going on with me.
We’ve already started our season and things are going good with the team! I’ve had some pretty big games, too. I think my best game so far was against United Faith, but we ended up losing, so I wasn’t happy about that. (Editor’s note: Leslie scored 37 points in the loss.) It was in the championship of our Thanksgiving tournament. Not to make excuses, but we were a little short-handed when we played them. Bishop Daniels (2011 PG/SG) was out for us and Dez Wells (2011 SG/SF) played, but he had three fouls in the first quarter so he sat most of the game. The worst part was that United Faith was the team that had the controversial win against us in the state title game last year. We’ll make sure to get them next time, though.
So far we haven’t really played against any really highly-rated players yet, but we’re looking forward to that, too. At the same time, we’re trying to take care of everyone we play, so that doesn’t matter too much.
I just like how everything is going in practice and everything about this year. We have a new coach, Erasto Hatchett, and we work really hard, but we also have fun in practice. We do this four-man drill at the beginning of practice and that’s always a lot of fun. We really get into it!
I’ve had a few college coaches coming out to my games, too. Coach Sidney Lowe (N.C. State) has been out, and Ernie Kent (Oregon) came, too. There were two other schools that I know were there, but I can’t remember which ones. I’m usually pretty focused on the game.
For those that don’t know, I’m waiting until the spring to get everything decided with my recruitment. I’m just not sure about anything at this point, and it’s important for me to be sure. I don’t have any favorites and I’m just taking my time with the whole thing. (Editor’s note: C.J.’s most recent list included N.C. State, Kentucky, Oregon, Maryland, Connecticut, Georgetown and Florida)
I did get to watch my boy John Wall (Word of God, 2009) beat North Carolina! We actually had a game that day and I only caught the last eight minutes, but someone recorded it for me and I watched the whole game. Aww man, John did his thing! I was definitely proud of him. I talked to him after the game and he was definitely on his recruiting thing, just saying “You need to come here, man!”
So that was cool to see him do so well in such a big game. His game has grown even more than when we played together last year.
The biggest part of my game that has grown from last season is my shooting ability. Not necessarily making them, but just taking them, just getting comfortable shooting. It’s going in, but you’ve got to take the shots for them to go in and my confidence has grown a lot.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’m out fam, holla back on the next one.