Before this morning, I was not aware of anything called “ESPN RISE”. But, since they’re reporting CJ Leslie is a “lock” to Kentucky and it is affiliated with ESPN, maybe I’ll take notice. In this morning’s notes, ESPN RISE had this to say about CJ Leslie-
Leslie: Last Of The Mohicans
Don’t expect Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) forward C.J. Leslie, a first-team ESPN RISE All-American, to commit to a college until after every other big time prospect makes their pledge.
A reliable source tell us that Leslie, ranked No. 11 in the ESPNU 100, wants to be the last to commit and will hold out until he is.
Leslie is down to Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and N.C. State. He was supposed to visit Gainesville after the Jordan Brand Classic, but the trip was cancelled — and with it the likelihood of him landing with the Gators.
We’re hearing that he’s a lock to Kentucky. Wildcats head coach John Calipari made quite an impression on Leslie when he came to his house on the first day of the April contact period.
Leslie to Kentucky is imminent. Just don’t expect to hear about it anytime soon.
As Dustin mentioned yesterday, Leslie’s recruitment has been all over the map and very tough to follow. For a while it seemed he was a lock to Kentucky, then, in recent weeks, it seemed the tide had shifted back towards NC State. Suffice it to say no one has a good read on where this kid might end up, but the folks at RISE believe it to be Kentucky.