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Every year we try to predict who will be great in the area in all sports but this year has gotten a lot of sports fans in the area excited. This year, like last year, will lead us to a ton of talent across the area. You will be able to watch quality basketball day in and day out regardless of which team you follow.
Sometimes staying in place can do wonders for your confidence. After having the opportunity to bounce to the League after his debut season, C.J. Leslie made the right choice by returning to the Wolfpack and honing his skills for another year. The improvement is more than evident at the NC Pro-Am, especially in terms of his outside jumpshot.
C.J. has always been known as a freak athlete with a deadly first step, the Holly Springs, NC native has more than held his own against some top competition in the pro am. Last week C.J. was matched up with Pistons big man Chris Wilcox and definitely got the best of him. The 20-year-old’s first step was too much for the nine-year NBA vet and gave fans a dose of reality in terms of how quick he truly is.
His first step will be a problem for most defenders, but don’t get it twisted, Leslie is still very rough around the edges and has a ton of work to do (especially in terms of ball handling, strength, and decision making), but has NBA lottery potential written all over him.
C.J. has shown great strides and once he gets the strength factor down, I can see all star potential all over him. The good thing for him right now is that the ACC is so loaded with talent, all he has to do is be dominant game in and game out and everyone will notice. You can’t question the talent that he will be facing this season. If all goes as it appears that it will, you can take it to the bank, Leslie is a lottery pick
Tuesday night's matchup of Wall vs. Hodges got told by a lot of folks one sided. At Bull City we told both sides of the story. We gave Julius his props as he held his own against one of the premier point guards in the country. Hodges did his thing but Wall did get the slight edge as his team won and he hit the big jumpshot to ice the game.
The games were hot and heavy Wednesday night as well. Wednesday brought us four games instead of the usual three so the gym was packed early.
6:00 PM 20/20 vs. CEO Munny
This game started and it appeared that it was going to be completely one sided. CEO Munny is one of the few teams without a lot of star power. However it doesn't keep them from going hard. The game started close as 20/20 found it's way to the basket time after time. 20/20 was led by top UNC recruit James McAdoo as he looked virtually unstoppable. McAdoo made his way to the hole pretty much at will and he showed some pretty tough defense as well. 20/20 also had a strong offensive game from Charles "Sticks" Futrell. Sticks showed some athletic ability and a midrange game that is better than advertised. Defensively he always does a great job on big assignments but todays defensive anchor was UNCW big man Jeremy "Noodles" Harn. Harn had several blocks and made life difficult for CEO Munny around the basket.
James Zimmerman wasn't his usual self as he made several sweet assists, but his offensive jumpshot wasn't typical of what he does to his foes on most nights.
20/20 erupted for 20 unanswered to win by 22 points.