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C.J. Leslie, the No. 4 senior power forward in the nation out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy, has a top five list of UConn, Florida, Kentucky, N.C. State and Oregon.
Leslie told NewsObserver.com that that wasn’t his final list and he may still take additional visits. His only official thusfar has been to Kentucky, home of his former Word of God teammate John Wall, the likely No. 1 pick in the June NBA Draft.
“I still plan to sign near the start of the spring signing period,” the 6-8 Leslie told Tim Stevens of NewsObserver.com. “I am still deciding on which place will be the best for me. I’m not sure yet. I’m just trying to see which school would be the best for me.”
Lisa Leslie, C.J.’s mother, did not immediately return phonecalls seeking comment Thursday night.
C.J. Leslie will play in the McDonald’s All-American Game March 31 in Columbus, Ohio.
“It was a great honor and a great thrill to be selected,” he told NewsObserver.com. “I’m looking forward to playing with the top players in the country.”
Leslie missed the final two games of the season with an ankle injury.
Word of God finished 20-8.
Head coach Erasto Hatchett will not return next season so the school will have its third coach in as many seasons, NewsObserver.com reported.
“It had absolutely nothing with his basketball coaching abilities,” said Dr. Frank Summerfield, the school’s founder. “Our principal [Anesha Pittman] assessed his performance as a guidance counselor and recommended he be terminated. End of story.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.