NC State has, beneath the radar, put together a really nice 2010 class, and it got even nicer today with the signing of power forward C.J. Leslie, considered somewhere between the 10th and 15th best recruit in the nation at any position, depending on which scouting service you look at. He joins point guard Ryan Harrow and shooting guard Lorenzo Brown to make up what is arguably one of the best recruiting classes in the entire nation.
Leslie will play down low with returning starter Tracy Smith, along with two young players with a lot of potential in Richard Howell and DeShawn Painter. Brown and Harrow will join returning starter Javier Gonzalez in the backcourt. Julius Mays will provide depth. NC State also has a few good returning swingmen: Scott Wood, C.J. Williams and Josh Davis.
But nobody has accused Sidney Lowe of not being to recruit, the question is whether he can coach. NC State has seemed like a drifting program with no obvious direction, and if Lowe can't win this season with all of this talent then the seat he's sitting in is going to start getting really warm. To me, even with the Leslie signing, NC State is at best a bubble team right now.