April 18, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State forward C.J. Leslie will return to school for his junior year of eligibility.
"After talking this over with my family, we have decided it would best for me to return for my junior year," Leslie said. "I'm on track to graduate, which is important to me and my family, and I'm excited about building on what the team accomplished last season. There are parts of my game I want to continue to work on and take more of a leadership role with the team."
The Holly Springs, N.C., native, whose game blossomed under the tutelage of first-year head coach Mark Gottfried, led NC State with 14.7 points per game and posted 7.3 rebounds while shooting a career-best .525 percent from the field last year. Leslie helped the Pack to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006 and its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2005.
He was named All-ACC second team this past season and garnered ACC All-Tournament first team honors.