RALEIGH, N.C. -- C.J. Leslie may finally be turning a new leaf.
As the most ridiculed basketball player along Tobacco Road the last two years, and with good reason, Leslie is showing signs of maturity, growth and even the instincts of a great player. Look no further than last Saturdays rout of visiting St. Bonaventure as the latest and perhaps greatest example of his ascent.
The long-armed, 6-foot-9 super-talent recognized a Wolfpack need with senior forward Richard Howell in foul trouble, then showed the kind of controlled aggressiveness that can make him a star on the collegiate level and desired high draft pick by the NBA. Leslie totaled 33 points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots, a pair of assists and one steal.
As important, however, is that Leslie did this all within the framework of the Wolfpacks philosophies. He didnt set out to put on the C.J. Leslie Show like he has in the past. This was a mature 33 points. It was about scoring when the team needed based on what w...