Sorry to rain on the “Lee Fowler is gone” parade, but there was something else going on in West Raleigh today, and turns out it was a bigger deal than I thought it would be. I’m not great at estimating crowds, but there had to be 500 people at Sammy’s Tap & Grill to watch the future Wolfpacker to be sign his national letter of intent.
It was bordering on absurd, but NC State fans are excited. Leslie didn’t say much during the hour long event, but he did seem to be taking in the atmosphere around him. He took a few questions from the crowd, signed his letter (he had to ask his Dad the date, which I thought was amusing), and signed a ton of autographs.
Here’s a release from NCSU Sports Information about Leslie’s signing and thoughts from Coach Lowe.
NC State menâ€™s basketball coach Sidney Lowe announced that 2010 McDonaldâ€™s All-American C.J. Leslie (Raleigh, N.C.) has signed with the Pack and will join guards Lorenzo Brown (Roswell, Ga.) and Ryan Harrow (Marietta, Ga.) as newcomers for the 2010-11 season. Just last week, Scout.com ranked the Packâ€™s incoming freshman class No. 5 nationally.
â€œIt is certainly exciting to bring a player with the type of talent and athleticism that C.J. possess to our program,â€ said Lowe. â€œHe joins a very good class with Lorenzo and Ryan, and they will certainly be crucial in helping us continue what we have been building here at NC State.â€
â€œC.J. Leslie gives the Pack one of the top collections of talent in the country,â€ Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. â€œAthletically, he has few peers and to stay home and play for the Wolfpack gives Sidney Lowe his biggest haul as a head coach.â€
6-8 * 185
Holly Springs, N.C. * Word of God HS
Prep: A McDonaldâ€™s All-America selection â€¦ A Parade All-America second-team selection â€¦ Played three years at Word of God High School in Raleigh â€¦ Coached by Erasto Hatchett, fellow signee Ryan Harrowâ€™s brother-in-law â€¦ Played at Holly Springs High School as a freshman â€¦ Played in the McDonaldâ€™s All-American game and the Jordan Classic after his senior season â€¦ Went for seven points and a game-high nine rebounds in 17 minutes in the McDonaldâ€™s All-American game â€¦ Had 19 points and six rebounds in the Jordan Classic â€¦ Ranked the 11th-best overall prospect by Scout.com and the No. 4 power forward and a five-star prospect â€¦ The No. 14 player nationally and No. 4 power forward according to Rivals.com â€¦ Ranked No. 11 on the ESPNU 100 list, and the No. 5 forward.