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As an 11 seed, North C arolina State was one of the last handful of teams to earn an at-large bid to the tournament. The team and Coach Mark Gottfried should thank CJ Leslie for playing a huge role in helping them get there.
Leslie was quite a force throughout the ACC Tournament, averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds in NC State's three games.
In the most pivotal game against Virginia, Leslie came up huge, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the win that helped the Wolfpack ultimately secure its spot in the Field of 68.
At 6'8", Leslie is still a bit undersized for a power foward despite his height. However, what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in quickness and leaping ability.
Leslie can pose problems for larger post players by drawing them away from the basket and attacking with the drive. He is also a force on the offensive glass, and creates many second chance looks for himself and his teammates.
If NC States hopes to knock off No. 6-seed San Diego State and perhaps Georgetown in the following round, CJ Leslie will have to be every bit as good as he was in the ACC Tournament this past weekend.