The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft is a week away, and N.C. State's C.J. Leslie is still weighing his options, his mother Lisa said Tuesday.
Lisa Leslie said C.J. requested a report from the NBA's draft advisory committee, a group of NBA executives who provide players considering turning pro with a non-binding assessment of their draft status. Those reports are due back to players on Friday, and the Leslies plan to sit down with N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried once that information is in hand.
"Once that's in, we will sit down with the coach," Lisa Leslie said. "We'll go over it and play things out, see what the best option is."
In Chapel Hill, a UNC spokesman said freshman forward James Michael McAdoo has not yet submitted his name to the NBA. Underclassmen have until Tuesday, April 10, to declare their intentions to the NCAA. Players who submit their names and do not sign with an agent can still withdraw their names before that deadline.
Duke's Mason Plumlee, a junior, is also considering whether to turn pro. His teammate Austin Rivers and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall all have decided to leave school already.
Leslie's development as a star during his sophomore season earned him second-team all-ACC honors and was a big reason the Wolfpack advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament, where N.C. State lost to eventual national finalist Kansas.
Most predictions have Leslie going in either the late first or early second rounds if he turns pro. Scouts were impressed with his personal growth and ability to dominate games last season, but concerns exist about his NBA position -- he's not big or strong enough to play power forward, but doesn't have the perimeter game to play small forward.
Probasketballdraft.com ranks Leslie the 27th best prospect, while DraftExpress ranks Leslie the 43rd-best prospect in the draft, an example of the diversity of opinion surrounding the 6-foot-9 forward. Still, his athleticism for a player that size is notable, and his development is on an upward curve, which is attractive to NBA teams.
"I have Leslie as a second-round pick right now," said probasketballdraft.com editor Joe Kotoch. "He could maybe get into the last 5-8 spots in the first round, but he has his work cut out for him."
Lisa Leslie said the family is feeling the pinch of the NCAA's new deadline. In years past, players had almost two months to weigh their draft options. Under pressure from coaches, the NCAA moved the decision point back to May 8 last year and April 10 this year.
"You only have a short window, so you really have to stay on it," Lisa Leslie said. "You have to investigate, get as much research as you can and then make your decision."