MONDAY, 9:44pm: The school formally announced via Twitter that Leslie will enter the draft (hat tip to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer).
TUESDAY, 12:52pm: Shortly after we heard news that Lorenzo Brown is expected to formally declare his intent for the NBA draft later this week, Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv reports (via Twitter) that Brown's N.C. State teammate C.J. Leslie will enter the draft as well.
Like Brown, Leslie played well in what figures to be his final game with the Wolfpack, scoring 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the team's loss to Temple last Friday. For the season, the 6'8" forward averaged 15.1 PPG and 7.4 RPG.
A year after deciding to return to N.C. State for his junior year, Leslie may find that his draft stock has slipped slightly. When Leslie made his decision last April, he was ranked 28th and 34th respectively on Chad Ford's and Jonathan Givony's lists of prospects for 2012. Currently, the 21-year-old is ranked 35th by Ford and 43rd by Givony for 2013.