John Wall & CJ Leslie: The Ultimate High School Showstoppers
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Been in the game for over a decade. No one has been at BALLISLIFE longer. Coined the phrase "Hoop State." John Wall's official videographer/photographer. Runs the John Wall Holiday Invitational, Crown Town Classic, and The Hoop State Foundation (501c3). God is great & ball is life. North Carolina #HoopState
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Here’s a little throwback mixtape of Washington Wizards point guard, John Wall, and former high school All-American teammate Calvin “CJ” Leslie.
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The 2008-2009 season was my first covering high school basketball and I didn’t know what I had at the time. Watch as these guys put on an absolute show, night in and night out, in front of sold out crowds all across North Carolina and beyond. For those less familiar with CJ Leslie (#5), he is a former member of the NC State Wolfpack & part of the 2010 graduating class at Word of God Christian Academy. Check out the showstopping duo that started the #HoopState movement. Leslie went un-drafted out of NC State in 2013, played summer league & 5 preseason games for the NY Knick before being waived, bounced around the D-League & overseas, and is currently signed with Cypriot team Petrolina AEK Larnaca. CJ played two seasons with John Wall at Word of God, winning a NCISAA state championship during one of those. John Wall is a 3-time NBA All-Star entering his 7th season with the Washington Wizards. He was selected 1st in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Kentucky, where he was the SEC Player of the Year as a freshman. These guys took two very different paths in their basketball careers and as a result ended in two very different places.