ATHENS, Ga. - A week after announcing he would "test the waters" of the NBA draft, Travis Leslie announced through UGA on Tuesday that he would be staying in the draft. He will not return for his senior year at Georgia.
The decision, along with the same one last week by Trey Thompkins, puts the Bulldog men's basketball team in a bit of a transitional year in 2011-12.
âœAfter talking it over with my family, I have decided that I will forgo my senior year and enter into the NBA Draft,â� Leslie said in a statement released by UGA. âœI would like to thank UGA for giving me the opportunity, as well as Coach Fox and the staff in helping me to improve my game. Last but not least, Iâ™d like to thank the Georgia fans for their support over the past three years.â�
Leslie, a junior, averaged 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds last year, second to Thompkins on the team in both categories.
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The 6-foot-4 Leslie is attractive to NBA scouts because of his athleticism. But he's no guarantee to be a first-round pick. His outside shooting ability is a concern.
âœIt was my pleasure to coach Travis,â� Georgia head coach Mark Fox said in a statement. âœIt has been a real joy to see him develop as a player the past couple of seasons. He has made a decision to pursue his dream and we wish him nothing but the best.â�