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Thursday / October 28.
  • Leslie Talks UConn, Decision Looming

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    I caught up briefly with C.J. Leslie while he waited for his plane at the airport after his weekend official to UConn.

    Leslie said freshman big man Ater Majok was his host.

    “It went good,” said Leslie, the No. 4 power forward in the Class of 2010. “They showed me the campus.”

    According to the UConn forum, a group of students made up white T-shirts that read, “CJ Leslie Please Commit To UConn.”

    “They showed me campus and that was it,” Leslie said.

    UConn has struck out on elite guards Brandon Knight (Kentucky), Doron Lamb (Kentucky), Josh Selby (Kansas) and Cory Joseph (Texas).

    Yet UConn coach Jim Calhoun made his pitch for the 6-foot-7 Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God forward.

    “It was just like I would be a very good player and I would fit into his offense,” Leslie said.

    Leslie is down to UConn, N.C. State and Kentucky.

    His former high school teammate John Wall was a one-and-done at Kentucky and he is also close with Knight, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2010 who has also committed to the Wildcats.

    As for N.C. State, Lisa Leslie, C.J.’s mother, said her son has great respect for head coach Sidney Lowe.

    “He’s looking at N.C. State because he’s known Sidney Lowe for four or five years,” Lisa said previously. “He has a good relationship with him. I would say they are pretty high on the list.”

    As for when he will make a decision, C.J. said, “Pretty quickly.”

    **See last week’s video interview with C.J. Leslie here.**

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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.