COLUMBUS, Ohio - The recruiting saga of C.J. Leslie is still in full force, but it will come to an end soon enough. Leslie, who is down to four schools, will make at least one more visit before coming to his college decision.
Leslie was borderline dominant in Monday's McDonald's All-American Game practice. The 6-foot-8 combo forward used his length and athleticism to score down low early and often, and played with a lot of energy. For Leslie it is a motivation to go against the best.
"It is a fun event," said Leslie. "This is the best scrimmage in the world. You just mature as a player as you get older. That is what I am doing."
What makes it even more impressive is that Leslie has missed a significant amount of time with an ankle injury leading up to the game.
"This is the first time I have been on the court and done anything scrimmage wise in six weeks since I had an ankle injury," Leslie explained.
When it comes to recruiting Leslie says that Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, and NC State remain in the mix for his services, and a decision will come in the very near future.
"I plan on making my decision after the Jordan Game," explained Leslie. "Maybe a day after. It just won't be long after the Jordan Game."
When it comes to visits, Leslie has made one to Kentucky already, he has been to NC State numerous times, and the remaining two trips could happen soon.
"I will take a visit to Florida the day right after the Jordan Game," said Leslie. "I think I am going to visit UConn as well. I don't know when.
When it comes to Florida, and the upcoming trip there, Leslie says that the Gators are in it because of the way Coach Billy Donovan has developed players like him.
"Coach Billy Donovan is known for putting forwards in the league," said Leslie. "Guys like myself who are very athletic guys, so I was looking at it from that situation and what he can do for me."
Kentucky has already hosted Leslie for a visit, and due to some upcoming defections to the NBA, Leslie thinks he will have a chance to play right away.
"I think five players off the team are entering the draft," said Leslie of UK. "(Calipari) had like four freshman that went very far, and that is impressive and speaks for itself."
Having committed to NC State once already, Leslie says nothing has changed with the Wolfpack, and was quick to note that they are recruiting him the same as everyone else.
For now Leslie says he has no leader, and based on his timeline it sounds like a decision should be made in April.