N.C. State’s Leslie Works Out for Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks need youth in their frontcourt and have been working out a slew of big men to see if one catches their fancy.

On Tuesday, N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie was one of two forwards to work out along with New Mexico’s Tony Snell.

“I just think I can bring a lot of energy defensive-wise, scoring-wise, just I  can step in wherever they need me,” the 6-foot-9 Leslie said after the workout that also included guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr., Pierre Jackson and Phil Pressey.

Leslie is projected as the No. 37 pick by DraftExpress.com, and the Knicks own the No. 24 pick.

He averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds this past season as a junior with the Wolfpack.

“[I can bring] rebounding, scoring when they need it, getting to the basket, getting fouled, all that stuff,” he said. “So just wherever I’m needed and hopefully I’ll be able to step in.”

N.C. State lost five players who started last year to the Draft, graduation and transfer, including point guard Lorenzo Brown who worked out Monday for the Knicks.

Now they must now rely on a young roster led by sophomores T.J. Warren and Tyler Lewis, along with incoming frosh Beejay Anya, Kyle Washington and Anthony “Cat” Barber.

“They’re going to be a young team,” Leslie said. “They just gotta hold their heads high and get through the adversity with them being a young team.”

Leslie said he expects Warren — who elected not to declare for the Draft — to make a big step forward.

“He did it kind of towards the end of the year,” Leslie said, “he got on and got real comfortable with the game and how college was played, so I think he’ll have no problem stepping up to the table.”

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Randy Wilson Jr.
Randy Wilson Jr.

Good. If I were the coach I'd sit him until he was fully healed in the preseason. If sitting him all month means he is 100% for the NFL season so be it. I don't mind having him need 2-3 games in the regular season to get up to speed if that guarantees he is healthy for the regular season. Without Richardson we need him more than ever. I would hate to think losing Richardson is the first in line of our defensive line crumbling this season and becoming our downfall and having to depend on our secondary.

Speaking or Richardson has anything been announced yet? Or do we have to wait until week 5 to hear he is out for the entire season? I'd rather hear a decision sooner rather than later.


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Please make him sit out ALL of the preseason games. Nothing good ever happens this time of the year.

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I get where you're coming from but I would worry that this would lead to him getting off to a slow start.