Physically, C.J. Leslie doesnt look much different than he did two years ago prior to the start of his freshman basketball season at NC State.
Hes still 6-foot-9, lean and yet chiseled enough that he has definition. He still carries a stoic expression during games, which can sometimes be misinterpreted. But deep within, Leslie is a different person. No longer a petulant child, as some around the program used to describe him, Leslie is growing into a man.
And a humbled man with all-universe potential can be a scary proposition to deal with if youre the other 11 ACC teams. Thats what Wolfpack Nation is banking on if its to achieve the lofty goals set forth by the first N.C. State squad picked by the media to win the ACC in 39 years.
That season, senior David Thompson and the Wolfpack were coming off the 1974 national championship that saw the Wolfpack end UCLAs run of seven consecutive NCAA titles. This time around, State is coming off a resurgence of grand proportion: A 24-13 over...