51. C.J. Leslie, NC State (So., PF)
Nobody on this list has a wider range of possible 2012s than Leslie. There's an argument to be made that he has the most raw talent of any college basketball player in the country. There's also no one I'm less confident will finish the season at their school.
"I decided to come back for another year. Basically, I stuck around to see what kind of coach we were going to get and the coach that we got obviously made a lot of impact in my decision. I think he's a very good coach and we sat down a couple times. I like the way he's talked. He told me about his offense and how he's going to run the system this year and everything sounds good."
N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie has told the Wolfpack's coaches that he did not petition the NBA for inclusion in this summer's draft as an early-entry candidate, team spokeswoman Annabelle Myers said this afternoon.
Despite Sidney Lowe's imminent firing at NC State, C.J. Leslie will NOT be entering this year's NBA draft, sources tell DraftExpress.
Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe chalked up Leslie's suspension to "youth" and said the team's leading rebounder handled the disciplinary action "well." Leslie did not play in State's 76-52 loss at Duke on Saturday for violating an unspecified team rule.
"He understood, certainly it hurt him, but he understood," Lowe said.
Smith showed up at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe Friday night to watch some NCAA Tournament games and chat up highly touted prospect CJ Leslie.
Smith was asked if he is putting a press to keep CJ Leslie in Raleigh, "That's what I am trying to do right now, I'm trying to get CJ. If we get CJ, we are going to have an all-star team. I mean Ryan (Harrow) and Lorenzo (Brown) we're going to have a good team next year."
C.J. Leslie was mobbed after his morning game Thursday. He recently rescinded his verbal commitment to North Carolina State, and everyone wanted to know how a recent visit to North Carolina went.
Leslie shared some info, but he didn't say much about his decision.
"I'm not sure yet," Leslie said. "I haven't really narrowed it down. It will be somewhere."