N.C. State freshman forward C.J. Leslie said he's not focused on his future and whether he'll leave school early for the NBA or continue his college career.
"That's a decision with me and my family," Leslie said. "I'm not looking past this tournament right now."
Leslie led the team in rebounding (7.1 per game) and averaged 11.2 points in 29 games in an eventful freshman season. Leslie started 22 games and was the team's top scorer when senior Tracy Smith was out with a knee injury in late November and December but was also suspended one game in February for violating team rules.
Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe worked in the NBA for 15 years, including two head-coaching jobs. He said he hasn't talked recently with Leslie about the decision.
Lowe said he has talked with Leslie about what goes into the decision about being physically, mentally and emotionally prepared.
"What I've explained to him before is that talent alone is not going to do it," Lowe said.
Lowe has had one player leave early for the NBA without graduating, J.J. Hickson after the 2007-08 season. Hickson was the first-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers after his lone season with the Wolfpack.
"I knew J.J. was going to go," Lowe said. "Physically and emotionally, I knew he was ready."
Lowe said unlike Hickson, who entered school as a "one-and-done player," he doesn't know what Leslie's plans are.