There aren’t many positives for UGA’s basketball team regarding the early departures of Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie to the NBA Draft.
But recruiting is certainly one of them.
It may means millions for Thompkins and Leslie, but it does millions for UGA’s recruiting efforts — especially when it comes to validating the notion that Georgia’s homegrown talent can play for the Bulldogs and make it to the NBA.
“Here’s how I see it — I think it really shows our player development,” UGA basketball coach Mark Fox said recently.
“I think you could point to Travis Leslie’s development; how’s he improved as a player while he has been with us, as well as others in our program. It has been a real plus.
“I think it shows that kids can realistically pursue their basketball dreams through Georgia.”
The negative impact on recruiting? “You have scholarships open that you’ve