What's gone wrong with CJ Leslie? - SCACCHoops.com
What's gone wrong with CJ Leslie?
>> Next Article FSU chops Wake Forest, 76-62
<< Previous Article What should Duke expect when Ryan Kelly returns?
What's gone wrong with CJ Leslie?
   Posted by Austin Johnson at  2/26/2013 1:38:26 PM  |  Follow us on Twitter: @scacchoops
Discuss     Bookmark and Share

Since this has been a hot topic after the UNC game, and something I commented on even before that game (when I said I couldn't see voting for him for any All-ACC team at this point), I figured it was work taking a deeper dive into what's happened with Leslie this season.

The first thing to note is that expectations were obviously too high for Leslie coming into the season. It was the same problem that got NC State ranked sixth in the nation - the press looked at a three-week span at the end of last season and extrapolated that out for his entire junior year. Sometimes this works - players take leaps forward and the development sticks and they become much better players. Sometimes its just a hot streak, and that appears to be what happened with Leslie.

It's not about being 'engaged' or 'energized' or whatever buzz word you want to fill in for why Leslie plays well sometimes and why he doesn't. Leslie is simply enigmatic and always has been. His problem this year is that he's actually gotten worse in many phases of the game - he's not the same defender or rebounder he was last season and its hurting NC State's defense substantially to not have that version of Leslie (as much as people slammed Leslie on defense last year he always rated as their best post defender - his natural athleticism allowed him to make plays even when it looked like he wasn't 'engaged').

Let's break this down a little deeper to see where Leslie has faltered.

Season eFG% ORtg Poss% OReb% DReb% Assist% TO% Block% Steal%
Fresh 44.5 95.1 27.0 12.4 19.2 7.1 15.3 4.8 1.5
Soph 53.0 102.1 26.4 8.7 19.7 8.1 17.9 5.7 2.1
Junior 54.3 100.1 25.3 6.9 18.1 7.6 22.5 2.9 1.7


So what we can see here is that while Leslie is actually shooting a little better (and getting to the line more often as well), he's gone backwards in many of the other things that made him a valuable presence on the team. The biggest thing is the turnovers, which have skyrocketed at the same time his assist rate has dropped. But he's also crashing the glass less, not blocking shots or getting steals like he used to - though I suppose if he could get those awful goaltends to count as blocks he'd make up some ground.

In general, he's just a worse player than a year ago. Which isn't to say that he can't repeat his performance in March of last year, its just that he didn't build off of that kind of hot streak last year and become a better player.

 

This article was originally published at http://foughtandwonone.blogspot.com/. If you are interested in sharing your website's content with SCACCHoops.com, Contact Us.

 

Post a Comment About this Article
Entry Link     0 Comment(s)
Subscribe  
>> Next Article FSU chops Wake Forest, 76-62
<< Previous Article What should Duke expect when Ryan Kelly returns?

Comments on What's gone wrong with CJ Leslie?

There are currently no posts for this NewsBreaker


Post a Comment

Posting As:   Remember Me?
Subject:
Message:

Before submitting this form, please type the characters displayed above:




Newsbreaker Archives

2014
  January 2014 (169)
  February 2014 (142)
  March 2014 (144)
  April 2014 (87)
  May 2014 (73)
  June 2014 (63)
  July 2014 (102)
  August 2014 (136)
  September 2014 (2)
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
Search
Search
Advertisement
 
Poll
Who is the top Wide Receiver in the ACC?
Rashad Greene, FSU
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Devante Parker, Louisville
Jamison Crowder, Duke
Quinshad Davis, UNC
Someone Else


Newsbreakers
Game Day: Louisville Vs. Miami
9/1/2014 5:01:12 PM
ACC Digital Network Previews Louisville/Miami
8/31/2014 7:38:32 PM
10 quick takes on the ACC after week 1
8/31/2014 7:37:36 PM
Syracuse: Terrel Hunt Will Not Be Punished For Villanova Ejection
8/31/2014 7:36:54 PM
After Georgia loss, Clemson is who we thought they were
8/30/2014 11:39:30 PM
UNC 56 Liberty 29
8/30/2014 10:10:25 PM
Tyler Boyd Injury Update: Pitt wide receiver has dislocated finger but could play against BC
8/30/2014 7:50:34 PM
Pitt crushes Delaware in 62-0 win, Tyler Boyd injured in victory
8/30/2014 7:50:34 PM
Video: Syracuse beats Villanova with a Fake Field Goal
8/30/2014 9:13:35 AM
Pitt vs. Delaware TV Schedule, Time, Game Information
8/30/2014 8:04:28 AM
Syracuse Survives Season-Opener Against Villanova, 27-26 (2OT)
8/30/2014 8:03:25 AM
Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt Ejected For Punching Villanova Player
8/30/2014 8:03:25 AM
I'm jealous of the SEC Network and the ACC should be too
8/29/2014 7:33:15 PM
Game Preview: #23 UNC vs Liberty
8/29/2014 2:10:31 PM
Syracuse Links - Terrel Hunt is 'a Different Young Man'
8/29/2014 8:07:34 AM
Message Board
 
YBN Widget
RSS Feed  
SCACC Hoops has no affiliation to the NCAA or the ACC
Team logos are trademarks of their respective organizations (more/credits)