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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