Dogs’ much-improved Travis Leslie is SEC Player of the Week

No player better personifies the progress of Georgia’s  basketball team than sophomore Travis Leslie, who today was named the SEC Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s win over Tennessee.

Leslie, who sat out the final five games of his freshman season last year to focus on academics, had 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals against the No. 8 Vols.  He had four dynamic dunks in the game, including  a behind-the-head jam that electrified the crowd.

“Travis has really improved, not just from his freshman year to now but really throughout this season,” UGA coach Mark Fox said this morning. “I think for us one of the things we have really tried to work with Travis on is that, [although] he was a great athlete and there is no denying that,  I talked with Travis about trying to become a basketball player who was a great athlete as opposed to an athlete who played basketball

“So he has worked on some very fundamental things, and he really continues to improve. We have been pleased with his work ethic in that way because he has been receptive to coaching, and I think he will only continue to get better because he still can be more and more consistent and improve in other areas.”

Leslie, from Decatur, has started all 17 games for Georgia this season. He’s averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.  He started four games last season.

In high school, he  was the AJC’s 2008 Classs AAAA Player of the Year when he averaged 21.3 points and 9 rebounds per game for Columbia.

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38 comments Add your comment

tx dawg

January 25th, 2010
11:55 am

tx dawg

January 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Way to go Dawgs. Fox is doing a great job in his first year. The excitement should really help in future recruiting.

DogFan

January 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Great passer too.

Champaign Dawg

January 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

If we get a few more quality players on the bench, we ought to be consistently dangerous. But I think it will be awhile before we are consistently excellent.

SoCal Dawg

January 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

How could you not want to play for this guy. No matter what your skill level is he makes you several levels better.

Yes Sir!

January 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

441 North

January 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

No.1’s a freak

AltamahaDawg

January 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

Does he have any little brothers?

Stabone

January 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

How long will Fox stay in Athens?

DirtyDawg

January 25th, 2010
1:30 pm

He seemed to shoot better on Saturday than I had seen at any time this year. You can see his overall game coming around. Not much of a ball-handler, but passes great and moves without the ball as good as anybody. This kid will be a first, or at worst second, team All-American next year. Hopefully, he’ll stay around and continue to learn from Mark Fox and staff…then make a gazillion dollars following his senior year.

The thing you also have to love about this team is that they shoot the hell out of foul-shots – critical in keeping a lead with all the pressure they get. Now if they can improve on breaking that pressure and getting the ball in-bounds and down-court against the press, they very well may make the NCAA tourney.

NewnanDawg

January 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

Congrats to Travis and the team on a great win. Also a big Thank you! for the entertainment value in the Steg these days.

Tim – I would be very interested to see an article/profile on Gerald Robinson Jr. (the guard from TN that is sitting this year because of his transfer). I have heard from several people that he is the best guard on the team, so he should be included in the conversation when talking about recruiting and the future of this program.

Go Dawgs!

DirtyDawg

January 25th, 2010
1:34 pm

Fox will stay in Athens so long as the fans establish, and continue, their support…the AD and school work to prove they’re serious about basketball – including facilities and salary…the quality players in, and around, Georgia decide they want to be a part of the beginning of a historic turn…yeah, he’ll stay if he’s successful and appreciated.

CLETIS

January 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

DAT DER TRAVIS LESLIE IS WERTH DA PRICE OF ADMISSION!!!!

Frank Lane

January 25th, 2010
1:56 pm

I am very impressed with the results coming out of Athens. Makes me want to become a basketball fan, a feeling I have never felt before.

cosmos

January 25th, 2010
2:15 pm

The bottom line is that Coach Fox is coaching these guys up. They are reaching their potential under his team of coaches. Plus, he has installed an exciting offense that is hard to stop. Recruits will take notice of this and that will be the drawing card that UGA needs to get the program moving to the same level as most of the other sports that are very successful.

I Run This State

January 25th, 2010
3:04 pm

Great blog dedicated solely to UGA Basketball – http://hoopdawg.wordpress.com

Scout Dawg

January 25th, 2010
3:05 pm

Really! He has no “emotional hangover” from having to sit out games to work on his grades! To me that, in addition to his “being receptive to coaching”, is what turns me on about this team! These guys get it! Coach Fox has that something that makes them get it! WOW, HBTD! GATA! We have enterd a new era after our penance from Harrick. THANK YOU.

classy sidewalk fans

January 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

will any of you claim this imbecile from the Tech blog??

“GT has just lost 5 straight against FSU.

Can’t beat UGA on the court. UGA 73 – gt 66!!!! HAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!

We even beat gt in Women’s hoops!!!!

Don’t forget about football!! Remember?? 10 point favorites, at Bobby Dodd Stadium, on National TV. gt’s best team in many years and UGA’s worst in 15.

UGA 30 – gt 24!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!! gt athletics will always be inferior to UGA athletics!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!”

Obviously he/she does not even realize that UGA is known for their women’s team…

Joe B.

January 25th, 2010
4:56 pm

Got to get Leslie and Thompkins to stay next year. Robinson will come in and McPhee will leave, that should be a net gain. Ware should be a year more mature, Anyaorah and Williams should add backcourt depth, Barnes and 50 will be back. Should be a pretty solid squad.

VolsRule

January 25th, 2010
6:11 pm

Hey – the kid kicked out tails!!!

Good story – and good to this kid for taking to his coaches and being humble enough to listen and learn.

Have always thought UGA basketball was a program just waiting to explode – with Atlanta right down the road – you would thinkg that UGA hoops would rival good ACC teams.

1. Facilities
2. Coaching
3. got to get outstanding players

UGA has upgraded facilites
UGA has committed to apparantly a very good coach
Recruiting is now where UGA needs to step it up – and get those Atlanta area players that go off to Kentucky, GT, or other ACC schools.

Again – congrats on the butt-kicking you gave the mighty Vols. This defeat will actually make the Vols better and prepare us for some big games down the road.

GO VOLS!!!

UGA hoops now

January 25th, 2010
6:44 pm

Dogs are worth viewing now and are FUN when they win and play like the other night. Wow!! In a couple of years MF will have them playing great ball on consistent basis. Could be there next year too. Future for them looks GREAT !!!

Go Dogs

UGA class of 71 & 73

Jimmy

January 25th, 2010
7:09 pm

Recruiting will be the key to Fox’s tenure at UGA. He’s already proven he can coach kids up. He’s got Felton’s kids now. He needs to get better athletes and continue to coach the way he is currently.

I’m impressed w/ their halfcourt interior passing out of the triangle. It’s amazing how bad the offense looked last year compared to this year, w/ the same players. Fox is a keeper.

BleedRedandBlack

January 25th, 2010
7:25 pm

Coach Fox,

Can we get you anything? You comfortable?

We have a basketball coach, BIGTIME! He does not promote himself, coaches these kids up, and has turned this program in the right direction.

Please give this guy what he needs to wrap him up for a long time.

Go Dawgs! Thanks for the comments VolsRule.

Waiting for Louie

January 25th, 2010
7:45 pm

Where arrrrrrrreee you, my little pumpkin cake? Tough day at Best Buy/Geek Squad?

Louie

January 25th, 2010
7:59 pm

Well, where do I begin.
Things got SOOOO boring we switched to BB.
Might help to talk about LUCKY WIN over Tenn. team tired and caught in a trap game.
Won’t happen again this year.
STILL……………….. L M F A O

Louie

January 25th, 2010
8:05 pm

waiting.=gt geek squad= neck.
Here I am you redneck loser.
Where were you last night ?
I UNDERSTAND, LITTLE PAST BEDTIME.
Mommy tucks you in around 8:30, I understand.
ESPECIALLY YOU MAKE ME L M F A O

Louie

January 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

Guess she changed your loaded diaper, made you head on to beddie bye.

Louie

January 25th, 2010
8:08 pm

Check back later on you mutts.
STILL L M F A O

H

January 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Phenomenal talent. Great coach. Improving team. GO DAWGS!

GT=Best Buy / Geek Squad Employee

January 25th, 2010
9:00 pm

Oh Louie! Must you be so mean to me in a public forum? How harsh of you. I’m telling your “roommate” that you having been cheating. Run around Louie…..

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Hoops Dawg

January 26th, 2010
12:21 pm

Travis is indeed the most improved player on a roster full of improved players. See what coaching can do? Travis’s upside is considerable. If he continues to grow in his ball handling skills and his 12-14 foot jumpers from the wings and elbows, he’ll begin to remind me of a certain N.C. State All American from the 70s. Improvement in these two skills will also enhance his ability to get to the rim, as defenders will have to respect his outside shot, often opening up a lane to the hoop (or an open pass to Trey or Jeremy inside).
No one posts much on the improvement of Dustin Ware, probably because Dustin dosen’t score much. That’s not his job folks. Dustin is a solid ball handler who doesn’t turn the rock over much, even when fatigued from playing a lot of minutes. I wish he was a little better penetrator, but I appreciate the role that he does play for this team. He is kind of like Rashad Wright for Harrick’s teams, a guy who could get you points if he had to (his senior year proved this), but whose role was to protect the ball and to distribute it to more prolific scorers lile Jarvis Hayes and Ezra Williams.
Support these Dawgs folks! They are playing their hearts out and living up to the bulldog designation!

Louie

January 26th, 2010
7:10 pm

And, what ever became of jackhammer?
Haven’t seen his posts lately.

jackhammer

January 26th, 2010
7:59 pm

I’m still here, Louie. Wonder why you keep ’stokin” the pups. Tennessee & Florida will do enough of that.

Tron Carter

January 27th, 2010
3:07 pm

Today I lost my job and my house burned down.
I was bummed, so I drove by Bobby Douche stadium at hillariously kicked up grant field.
That place always makes me laugh, no matter how my day is going.

Tron Carter

January 27th, 2010
3:12 pm

30-24
73-66
Domination never gets old.
Yellow Bee(yatche)s