The Georgia Bulldogs have announced Travis Leslie will choose to go ahead with his 2011 NBA Draft entry instead of returning to school. The junior had previously left the door open for a return, having not yet signed an agent, but has evidently decided not to wait until the May deadline.
After talking it over with my family, I have decided that I will forgo my senior year and enter into the NBA Draft. I 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, I'd like to thank the Georgia fans for their support over the past three years.
The Decatur native has been projected as anywhere from a late first round pick to a late second.
High-flyin' Travis Leslie is going to be a NBA Slam Dunk Contest participant at some point in his career, but there's more to his game than just acrobatics. The six-foot-four guard from Decatur posted 14.4 points, 7.2 boards, and 2.9 assists this season.
Thompkins is likely to be a first-round pick, and could even sneak into the latter end of the lottery with some strong workout showings. Leslie, however, very well could be back in Athens this fall.