UGA basketball coach Mark Fox claims Travis Leslie has informed him that he is returning to college next year. Leslie hasn’t revealed a final decision to the media.
What does one of his best friends think? That would be Phil McCrary, basketball coach at Columbia High. Those two are tight. How close? Leslie made the furious drive to Macon last Saturday after returning from the SEC tournament to sit in the stands and watch Columbia win the Class AAA championship.
The coach has some advice for his prized pupil: “I’m for Travis returning to Georgia for next year. I think that’s the answer that everybody wants. I don’t think he would (declare for the NBA) this year, but you never know. Travis will make the final decision … I would advise him to stay.”
This year, Leslie developed into one of college basketball’s most electrifying players with his high-flying dunks. It’s the things of ESPN highlights. McCrary says he expected Leslie’s breakout season.
“What they are seeing at Georgia, I saw all through high school,” McCrary said. “None of this is new to me. And I promise you are going to see greater things from him next year because he knows his weaknesses, and what he needs to do this summer to get better. Those things, we’re going to make sure they are taken care of.
“You’re going to see a better basketball player next year. You’re going to see a leap. My thing with Travis is just to remain humble. If he continues to do things the right way, that young man is going to be fine.”
McCrary said he and Leslie will meet “sometime soon” with Fox to discuss the guard’s future. Said McCrary. “We know Travis is a great talent, but there are some parts of his game that he needs to work on for another year.”
“He needs a better hold on his game, to improve on things like his dribble and the catch-and-shoot (technique). Can you imagine if he keeps improving his jumpshot? A shooting guard with that type of athleticism? That would be hard to stop. If he works on his game for another year (in college), then I think big things are going to happen for him.”
Note: This blog will cover topics and issues that have proven to be most important to our readers. For the AJC’s complete high school coverage, go here to read articles on all sports.